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Forum: Drum Technique 09-17-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,227
Posted By skod
Re: Heel Up - How to do quick double hits?

^This. It is a subtlety, but it is really key to the technique I've ended up with, such as it is. Heel up, and the toe *accelerates* the beater towards the head, but does not stay on the footboard...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By skod
Re: Drums applications for mobile phones

If the thread is to live on despite the inauspicious start.... A very similar app is Setlistmaker (http://www.arlomedia.com/apps/setlistmaker/main/home.html), and I've been using it extensively as...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,542
Posted By skod
Re: Good day/bad day check-in

Good day. After practicing last night for a couple of hours, I am comfortable that I have all the tunes for this weekend's gig wrapped up with a big bow, and committed fully to muscle memory. Now...
Forum: General Discussion 09-04-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,651
Posted By skod
Re: Letting others borrow equipment

Another solid no here. No way, nohow, not gonna happen. Too many bad experiences. Luckily, my kit is weird enough that nobody _wants_ any part of it... (;-)
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 784
Posted By skod
Ramping up to the EmptyNestival again

It's the time of year for my favorite gig: the EmptyNestival is next Saturday. It's an outdoor private party, where some well-to-do local folks book a number of mostly blues bands to come in and tear...
Forum: Drums 08-11-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,691
Posted By skod
Re: Foot operated Snare drums?

It's really straightforward if you have any E-kit leanings. I did a Roland KD-7 as a snare trigger for my left foot for a while, while I was trying to teach myself to play drums and bass at the same...
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2013, 03:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,708
Posted By skod
Re: Hearing protection?

I've been using the Norton Lee Sonic Ear Valves since the 70s, if I'm not using some sort of in-ear monitoring. I've got something like 10 pairs of them. They don't make them anymore, apparently, but...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,629
Posted By skod
Re: Drum Bags/Cases or No Drum Bags/Cases?

I have really heavy duty wheeled road cases, and I love 'em, but they are heavy, bulky, and hard to manage for simple local/casual work. I've dropped back to soft cases for the shells, and hard cases...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 12,766
Posted By skod
Re: Best purchases you've made for drums.

My Remote Speedy Hat- completely transformed my approach to the A-kit. Hands down the best piece on the kit.

Secondly, my E-kit, for letting me stay in the game and explore a lot of non...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2013, 12:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,068
Posted By skod
Re: I'm a human drum machine

This then begs the question: are you playing for the music, or are you playing for you? No disrespect intended, but it's a nontrivial difference, and IMHO it deserves some real contemplation. I'm as...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,836
Posted By skod
Re: Stupid things drunk people do at gigs

Oh, lordy. That's another thing: the combination of booze and altitude is a sure-fire killer, of which many folks from sea level seem *blissfully* unaware.

Did you ever notice how easy it is to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,836
Posted By skod
Re: Stupid things drunk people do at gigs

The gig was a booze cruise with a couple hundred BC students in Boston Harbor: always a treat. Coming back in at the end of the night, gear all packed and ready to offload down the aft gangway- which...
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2013, 05:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,781
Posted By skod
Re: Drum Nerdines... getting it the way you want, or excessive customizing?

It's all good, Karl- I can go one better. I'm a great believer in making things as light as possible, because I'm a lazy sod and am tired of dragging all this crap around after all these years. So...
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2013, 06:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,483
Posted By skod
Re: The "look" of a drum kit...

^This. I play what is arguably one of the weirder-looking mismatched mongrel kits there is, and while it has evolved over the years, it has always been a point of great pride for me. It sounds good,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,690
Posted By skod
Re: Konnakol-Indian Scat singing

For a couple more examples, check out the album "21 Spices" by Trilok Gurtu with Simon Phillips and the NDR Big Band. There's nothing like the combination of this style of singing, Gurtu's tabla,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By skod
Re: Playing live for the first time in 20 Years!

Actually, the most important thing I've found to take to play someone else's kit is my throne, followed by my kick pedal, and only then my snare. I've gone so far as to keep a stick bag and a spare...
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,650
Posted By skod
Re: Programmed Drums. Yay, or nay?

Sometimes they have their uses. I have sent out captured MIDI drum tracks from my E-kit to collaborators as part of the songwriting process on lots of occasions: they can then drive whatever flavor...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,328
Posted By skod
Re: First Gig Blues

^This. But, having said that: that which does not kill us makes us stronger, and you are at your time of peak learning right now. And it sounds like these folks are freely dispensing the education,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,911
Posted By skod
Re: What food do drummers find has the most rejuvenating power...

One thing that works amazingly well (for me, anyway) may only be available in the US. But it has become a favorite of mine for recovery/hydration/energy (whether between/after gigs or after an, er,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2013, 02:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,336
Posted By skod
Re: Fill in Drummer

Fill-in gigs are one of life's great pleasures. I love trying to do what the original version requires, to the very best of my ability- but there is usually still some room to be yourself, even...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,292
Posted By skod
Re: How do people get your attention when practicing on your home kit?

Haven't had this problem while practicing in a long time. But I remember a related thing when doing an outdoor gig at a private party in a ritzy neighborhood in small town New Hampshire back in the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,927
Posted By skod
Re: Saw Vinnie Colaiuta at Red Rocks last night

The camera was primarily on Sting, but it did switch around quite a bit. So all the players got some good coverage, especially for solos- as one would hope. I only had to wait for a couple of minutes...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2013, 06:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,705
Posted By skod
Re: I think I'm cured now ;)

True, dat! Why should things match?
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,927
Posted By skod
Re: Saw Vinnie Colaiuta at Red Rocks last night

He even had a vocal mic hung, and pulled it out a few times. I'm not sure that it was for vocal work proper, though. He might have just been using it to tell the monitor mixer operator to have the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,927
Posted By skod
Saw Vinnie Colaiuta at Red Rocks last night

along with some guy named Sting- on his "Back to Bass" tour, of course. (;-)

Very pared-down, and absolutely wonderful show: sound was great, although (astonishingly) they had Sting's bass pulled...
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