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Forum: Drum Technique 12-04-2009, 12:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,510
Posted By MEL
Re: Afro-Cuban, Son, Rumba, 6/8 etc Claves DVDs

Roicel Riveron, of Manolito y Su Trabuco; and Samuel Formell, who replaced Changuito with Los Van Van and has also played on albums by Pupy y Los Que Son Son, are monsters on the kit. They are both...
Forum: General Discussion 12-01-2009, 10:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,480
Posted By MEL
Re: Drums sounds from things that aren't drums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPfj-qEPWk
Forum: Drums 11-22-2009, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,071
Posted By MEL
Re: Bongos

Right now, the bongo is my main instrument. If you are looking to save money, I would advise you to get a decent set of shells and hardware, and swap out the heads for something better than factory...
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2009, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,848
Posted By MEL
Re: clave term question

Good ears — you're right :)

According to the online book at timba.com, timba drummers often play part or all of that pattern; but "counter-clave", meaning just on the "2-side" of the clave. The...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2009, 10:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,848
Posted By MEL
Re: clave term question

I've seen that pattern referred to as Gagá, which is a Haitian term, I think. However, it exists in the music of so many cultures, that I'd bet there is more than one term for it.

That BD pattern...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-05-2009, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,374
Posted By MEL
Re: Conga "Slap" technique

It's impossible to tell what's going on without seeing/hearing your technique; however, while your drums may be tuned wrong, those drums are fine for a beginner, so I wouldn't worry about them.
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Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,246
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

LOL. I've draped a t-shirt or a light towel over my drums to reduce the volume of the tones and slaps. I prefer the feel of skin on skin, but playing with some cloth over the drum head really makes...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2009, 11:46 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,246
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

Pollyanna: It sounded like you were playing basses and tones in your example. I think you should try tuning your drum higher; it will help you get the different "slap" sounds. So will moving up to...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-18-2009, 11:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,246
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

To return to Jason and Garvin's orginal debate, I wonder if it would be productive to have a precise, standardized vocabulary for all the sounds you can get on hand drums.

In particular, it...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2009, 10:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,958
Posted By MEL
Re: Good Hand drum and Afro-Cuban Percussion texts?

Michael Spiro is the man for conga instruction. Google him or check out his DVD and book on Amazon (the DVD covers the basics, the book is for intermediate/advanced -- literally a lifetime of work...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2008, 10:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,594
Posted By MEL
Re: drum teaching - when do you give up on a pupil?

Elementary school music teachers sometimes use clapping games like pat-a-cake to teach rhythm. You can vary the sounds by hitting your chest for a bass sound, etc.

The idea is that it's a fun,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2008, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,231
Posted By MEL
Re: SUV Crashes into Sam Adato's Drum Shop

Probably sounded like my first solo...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-22-2008, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,006
Posted By MEL
Re: Can teachers give advice on learning Latin?

Wow! You put a lot of stuff up there.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-13-2008, 11:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,564
Posted By MEL
Re: Left foot clave is soooo last year...

You're thinking of a Son ensemble from the 50s or 60s, still popular, but the Cuban equivalent of Chuck Berry. Songo started moving to a combo of drumset (including some horrible sounding electronic...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2008, 11:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,941
Posted By MEL
Re: What kind of samba is this and what to play?!

Hmm, you're asking about Brazilian music and your screen-name means "I know" in Portuguese -- is this a setup? Você sabe ou não? ;)

I'm not really sure if that is Baião or some other...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2008, 01:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,084
Posted By MEL
Re: Singers and their egos.

You're right -- my bad.

2020
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2008, 09:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,084
Posted By MEL
Re: Singers and their egos.

I don't think that asking people to change key to accommodate his voice is unreasonable -- people have different vocal ranges and some great singers, even though they may be very expressive, have a...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-26-2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,698
Posted By MEL
Re: Beat boxing singing percussively vocables etc...

I've studied West African and Afro-Brazilian drumming with teachers who teach the traditional way, all with spoken syllables. I think it's partly because they come from oral cultures, and their oral...
Forum: Drums 02-19-2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,210
Posted By MEL
Re: ~Custom Drumskull Congas~

They sound great, and those were some nice rolls at the end there too. Enjoy 'em!

MEL
Forum: Drums 02-18-2008, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,210
Posted By MEL
Re: ~Custom Drumskull Congas~

Gorgeous. That's a set of drums to treasure for a lifetime. The heads look a lot nicer than the mass produced junk that you'd get on a set of Meinl's or Lp's.

Any particular reason for picking...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-06-2008, 11:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,825
Posted By MEL
Re: Conga

Listening suggestions:

Tata Guines, for soulful playing and technique:
http://www.amazon.com/Cuban-Jam-Sessions-Miniature-Descargas/dp/B0001CNPQS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1202337654&sr=8-4...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2007, 05:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,573
Posted By MEL
Re: Samba Drummers

This batucada recording is of one of the oldest and best samba schools in Rio:
...
Forum: Drummers 03-22-2007, 10:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,315
Posted By MEL
Re: Antonio Sanchez

He seems like a nice guy, down to earth and funny in person. I talked with him briefly at KoSA last year. He talked about building solos upon a simple motif and the left foot clave thing: he said...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-19-2006, 01:59 AM
Replies: 590
Views: 52,058
Posted By MEL
Re: Post your Greatest Weakness

Not rushing, especially fills; relaxing when playing fast tempos.

EDIT: That and spending too much time on line, not enough practicing while making long rambling posts. However, as you can see,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2006, 06:09 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 43,873
Posted By MEL
Re: PROTECT YOUR EARS.

DRUM magazine, May 2006, page 28: "Ordinary cotton balls or tissue paper wads pressed into the ear canals are very poor ear protectors"

"cotton and tissue are useless"...
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