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Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 488
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Call and response audience participation

The Fools
"Life sucks"... "then you die".
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,027
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Other musicians' view of drums.

It's funny: I never got the bug to learn to play the drums until I broke through the riddle of how to tune a kit. Once that happened, hammer down!
I like musical drumming. There are guys who wail...
Forum: General Discussion 04-01-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,107
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: How do you not hear your bass drum?

I'm thinking there are many variables at play here.
Experience tells me the first suspect would be bandmates yet to develop an ear to support a functional stage mix.
Second suspect would be...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: How would this sound to you guys?

Use both together if you like playing them together.
I often have two 20" rides on the right. One is about two inches above, and slightly overlapping the other so I can move quickly between them,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2013, 10:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,524
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Erroneously entitled: "Nobody Cares"

I think your point is well taken, Bo.

It's like this: folks will vote with their feet/wallet. If the sound sux, they'll drink up and try the pub down the street. There are lots of components to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,984
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Forum psychology

Well, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

That's reliable and easy too.

As a drummer newbie I gained much knowledge and insight into drumming from the folks here. I appreciate...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By johnnylaw
Forum: General Discussion 12-18-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,077
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Shemp - Can you tell us more about yourself?

I have seen a few guitarist turned drummer threads here already, but this one is interesting as Sarg and Stooge started banging about thee same time as I did after riding the wave of the picker for a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 745
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Is this a serious website?

I knew I should have sprung a little extra for the leather stick bag. What was I thinking?
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,713
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: I was wrong.

I will never buy a Guru kit. My learning curve just won't justify keeping it from another who's chops warrant the access.

I do not feel as though you participation here has much at all to do with...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,464
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Why Do Bands Have Two Drummers?

Theoretically, it doubles the chances that your rhythm section will be on time for the gig. OK, maybe not.

I have enjoyed playing drums alongside another drummer (when they can play). I believe...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-05-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 633
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Do you find riding crashes hard?

I'll use the shoulder of the stick on the bow of the crash (about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way IN towards the center of the cymbal). Playing with the strike point and force dials in the envelope of useful...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Back to the woodshed....

I found a free ProMetronome app for the iPhone. The stix and pad travel with me when the kit can't. Rudiments, rudiments, rudiments...
The more time I invest here, the steeper the learning curve. I...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 05:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,685
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Snare level too loud.

I think Larry and Bermuda's comments get to the core (not that others haven't offered useful bits).

Please allow my newbie worldview some cred: I practice dynamic control with a metronome and pad...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,239
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Snare head tension

I guess my approach may seem bass ackwards to those who perceive the snare sound as the players "signature/voice".

When I began playing drums three years ago, the obvious hurdle for me to overcome...
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 757
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Guitarist takes up drumming ... help?!

Of course you need to learn how to play the drums.

This three-decade guitarist began drumming three years ago. I'm much sexier now. Well, actually I've already hit the ceiilng there, but I sure am...
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2013, 11:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,690
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Is the acoustic kit dying?

They can have my acoustic kit when they pry the throne from my cold, dead nether region.
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,085
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Too late to start? (19)

Good on ya, sonny!

I just turned 56, and started drumming three years and four months ago. I now suck at a higher level than I did only last year!

I also just got picked up by a band, so go...
Forum: Drums 11-17-2013, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: What should I expect from 14x4.5

I play that same drum in a 5" depth.
You can expect that it will tune easily and remain there with little fuss. It has a broad pitch range. I haven't done extensive experimentation because it sounds...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-14-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Unable to apply the fills and grooves I practice.help

Hmmm...
Some impressive chops there for sure. Reminds me of the "busy" drummer bit that proliferated with the prog rock thing in the '80s.
I might feel differently had I a deeper bag of chops, but...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-14-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Unable to apply the fills and grooves I practice.help

With only a modest three years of playing the drums, I couldn't even tell you what a "gospel fill" is. What I can tell you is that tapping my way through various rudiments with a metronome (out of...
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,101
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Tight Cymbals and odd setups...

I use or avoid, and tighten or loosen felts based on the specific needs for the room or venue. Selective dampening, if you will. (Not one size fits all.)

Snare(s) and floor tom pretty much "flat",...
Forum: Drums 11-09-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 860
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Guiness- Largest Drum set

I was unprepared to accept the fact that the dude's jacket is louder than his kit. Amen brother, amen.
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 845
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: drums getting in the way of song writing

Being that my music and drumming are lyrically centered, I take the lazy drummers' approach and let the song reveal to me what it is asking for. For me, the groove is in there waiting for me to climb...
Forum: Drums 10-28-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,843
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Awesome Craigslist Deal!

I don't need his drums, but I'll do him a favor and sell him my motorcycle for $134,277.92.

That's a better deal than he got when he bought all that crap.
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