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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 624
Posted By Boomka
Re: Hi-Hats: Tight or loose????

Depends on the gig and the cymbals but I range between a little loose and very loose. I don't like them tight because I find it chokes the sound when I play them open or try to get a sizzle and I...
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Posted By Boomka
Re: Fast swing (Cherokee ) groove 79 GE 2.0

A few things that have helped me play uptempos:


1. Don't try to splanga-lang all the way through. Concentrate on creating a nice quarter-note pulse first and add skip beats...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 887
Posted By Boomka
Re: Over exuberance - a time & a place?

That's the time and the place for duggida-duggidas.
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 394
Posted By Boomka
Re: Advice please?

Prepare the material as best you can.

Then, play like your bass player self would want a drummer to play.

Make lots of eye contact and try to respond and interact emotionally with the band.
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Boomka
Re: Going to Istanbul!

No, your internet research is bang on the money. Istiklal is the place to be. The Bosphorus Cymbals guys used to run a shop along there, not sure if they still do. You could contact them and find out.
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By Boomka
Re: Drummer Group Practice suggestions?

A few ideas:

1. Play time together, trying to lock in the same EXACT groove as tightly as possible. This is a lesson in listening, discipline and musical empathy. Just get deep into the sound and...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-19-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 427
Posted By Boomka
Re: Tips on Ghost Notes.

Practice them quietly? :)

In general, volume is a function of stick height/stroke length. Get your ghosts down to between 1/2" - 1" above the drum head. You can also use the drum to your...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-18-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 538
Posted By Boomka
Re: Odd time signature songs for beginners

In addition to the suggestions above, you could also employ some instructional materials such as Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials Vol. 2, which has a whole section on odd time grooves.

Forum: Drum Technique 02-18-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By Boomka
Re: 10,000 hours of practice

Focus on practice quality and do as much quantity as you can. Let the rest work itself out.
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,570
Posted By Boomka
Re: Does playing covers change you?

Cheers, Larry. You must have Spidey Sense because yesterday was the first time I'd signed-in and browsed the forums in a very long time.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-18-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,309
Posted By Boomka
Re: Beginner

Laugh Out Loud.

Forum: Drum Technique 02-18-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By Boomka
Re: Best Youtube instructors for the following

One frequently gets what one pays for.
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Boomka
Re: hands getting beat up

This approach has brought you "blisters, sore fingers, a broken knuckle..."

If that's "generally work(ing) for you" then carry on with your method. If not, seek another.

Having good...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,570
Posted By Boomka
Re: Does playing covers change you?

Yes, playing covers will make you more attractive to the mortgage officer.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Boomka
Re: UK Drum Tutor

You can't go wrong with either of the guys you mentioned or the guys mentioned in the post above. Also, Paul Clarvis, , Alan Cox, Paul Elliot, etc. There's a host of really top-notch teachers out...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-24-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 937
Posted By Boomka
Re: Equaling hands that are already equal?

Playing alternating strokes requires more brain processing and signals to limbs than playing one hand at a time. It shouldn't be surprising that when you put your hands together you may have to back...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,367
Posted By Boomka
Re: Negative Progress / Quitting

Exactly. Good post, Matthias.

Beyond the possibility of medical conditions, I'm going to ask the OP the same question as Phil Rudd: how do you KNOW you're getting worse? Do you record yourself?...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By Boomka
Re: Tuning tip

You can tune 'em?

What will they think of next?
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 28,791
Posted By Boomka
Re: What's your latest purchase?


They've done excellent things for a set of Oak Customs I use for rock/pop. They nicely roll off...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-14-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By Boomka
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 933
Posted By Boomka
Re: Sensitive drummer?

Well done. Right up there with, "lovely feel" and "you get a great sound out of the drums."
Forum: Drum Technique 04-09-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By Boomka
Re: can the quality of your throne affect your playing?

Yup. And the quality of your later life, too. Protect your back. You're gonna need it. I even recommend that you do some sort of exercise for your core and back strength outside of drumming to...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 814
Posted By Boomka
Re: Exercises to internalize, 16th note triplets and 32nd notes?

Play quarter notes using single strokes along with a metronome @ 40 BPM and subdivide into 16th-note triplets or 32nd notes internally and/or with your voice. Alternately, play 1/8ths with your hands...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-02-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By Boomka
Re: Help moving around the kit...

Get Rod Morgenstein's Drum Set Warm-ups. Do what it says. Thank me later.
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,773
Posted By Boomka
Re: Are 13" toms obsolete?


They'll be back once the fad for fusion sizes finally wanes.
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