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Forum: Drum Technique 09-03-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,877
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Flams

I agree with all of that. I tend to prefer very loose/open flams, but in some contexts, tighter flams are more appropriate.
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,838
Posted By BrewBillfold
Speaking of practice pads

I'm just curious if anyone else here began their drumming career by playing on one of these kinds of practice pads:

http://www.panmodern.com/practicepad.jpg

You know the "sloped block of wood...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-03-2010, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,720
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Closing Hi Hat with Hand

Well, the one thing you can do differently by controlling it with your hand is get a different kind of choke--choking the hi-hat cymbals with your left hand when they're partially open is a different...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-03-2010, 06:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,833
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: How to practice licks/fills

Boomka, I wear at least two very different hats, and sometimes in comments I answer from both, sometimes from just one or the other.

In a nutshell, I agree with you in that when I have the hat...
Forum: Drums 09-03-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: What to put on new snare shell

Oh . . . I was going to suggest something like painting Max Ernst figures on it, but I guess that's not what you had in mind.

You know, stuff like this:
...
Forum: Drums 09-03-2010, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,427
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Just about had it with my MMX...

Keep them, but make it a requirement then that before your band books any gigs, you have to check out the venue to make sure the MMXs will sound good there. If not, they have to pick another venue. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,502
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: What to practice without drums

Well, in order of preference to actually playing/practicing on an acoustic kit, I'd say:

(1) using an acoustic kit with pads on the drums and cymbals,
(2) using an electronic kit,
(3) using a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,797
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: need a little help, hand cramp

Yeah, warming up is definitely beneficial and that will change as you get older. I never used to have to warm up either (and not just for drumming, but for hiking and other things, too). Now I have...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-03-2010, 12:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,833
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: How to practice licks/fills

My ideal would generally be to never play the same exact fill twice (or even the same exact groove for multiple instantiations of a song), but that's an ideal that's difficult to reach, especially...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 01:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,111
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Tuning / Dampening

If at all possible, I use Evans hydraulics on my toms, and I've been using an EMad on my bass drum, and that's it--no other dampening. If I'm not going to be doing any brushwork, I usually use a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 12:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,185
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Need Some Serious Help Guys.. Please give me advice

Exactly what I was going to suggest. Going to college in Nashville will likely help you get work down the road because of the connections you'll start making. Network with EVERYONE you can there.
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Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2010, 08:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,833
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: How to practice licks/fills

I didn't read through every response yet, so sorry if you answered this already, but I wouldn't want to give tips for this until you clarify just what you're asking about, as you could be asking...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,180
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: How far do you sit away from your bass drum?

I sit very close . . . I've always like setting up everything just about as close together as I can make it. My snare is positioned so that it's almost but not quite hitting my left-side rack tom(s)...
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2010, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,466
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: My drums are being sold on craigslist...but not by me!!!!

He might not even realize that--maybe they look the same to him, with the exception of the badges. If he really only used them a few times and they've been sitting in his closet, he may not be much...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2010, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,082
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Hitting my leg when I hit the snare drum...

That would usually necessitate needing to sit higher, though. If you're tall you probably have longer legs. So if you're sitting low, your thighs might be angled up slightly (with the "high point"...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2010, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,082
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Hitting my leg when I hit the snare drum...

Unless you're already sitting pretty high, you might need to raise your seat slightly, too.
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2010, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,886
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Who all can do this tune?

Great tune. No problem playing it here, but I've been playing it since early 1982 at least (I got the first LP on Leathür as soon as they pressed it, because I've known the guys in Motley Crue since...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 14,652
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Joey Jordison named best drummer of past 25 years

Yeah, definitely. I was teaching a lot in the latter half of the 80s, and a very large percentage of my students who were into hard rock or metal were Metallica fans and wanted to study Lars'...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 11:35 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 14,652
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Joey Jordison named best drummer of past 25 years

The problem with that, though (in my opinion, of course), is that what makes Lars great isn't technical acrobatics that other folks can't do. That's not what makes ANY drummer great. What makes...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 11:10 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 14,652
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Joey Jordison named best drummer of past 25 years

There was a thread here about it, but I'd have to search for it again.
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,744
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Better gear, Better player???

The differences there, though, are more "mechanical" differences, which I had mentioned in my first post: "As long as your gear is functioning well mechanically--so that you've got heads that provide...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,807
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Playing open handed

In other words, your bass foot is turning into a flounder foot?
Forum: Drums 09-01-2010, 07:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,305
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Yamaha Oaks

Ah . . . lol. That's some glitch. Hopefully they fix it soon. I would think that big companies like that would make sure that everything on their website is working right, and when it's not,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 07:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,944
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Musician vs Artist

I know this is an old(er) thread, but I didn't see anyone considering this: One option with music is that you can do both. Your day job can be "working musician", where you're playing stuff that...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-01-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,482
Posted By BrewBillfold
Re: Blue Bossa advice

Cool. yeah I would try that first. Then once you get the hang of doing alternating quarters with your feet, and important next step would be to just add the "and of 2" to the bass drum. So you're...
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