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Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 663
Posted By Polska
Re: what are some great books about drummers you have read.

Agree with the Bruford and Erskine books. Both are very good.

I also really enjoyed "So You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star" by Jacob Slichter. Hilarious and sadly true too. More about his short stint...
Forum: Drums 12-02-2014, 02:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 867
Posted By Polska
Re: Anyone else dislike suspension mounts?

Been using them for years now and I have always preferred the sound I get with the toms suspended. Just my preference.

Also, I think unscrewing 3 screws by hand to remove the mount on my one kit...
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,607
Posted By Polska
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,461
Posted By Polska
Re: Played my first Gig last night.

I like the replies here and would definitely try to transition (softly) to a small kit. If you stay on djembe, or use one here and there, just loosen up a little in your arms and hands. Let them...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,109
Posted By Polska
Re: Do you ever stand back from your drums...

Yes, everytime I go past them. Even my least expensive kit is a thing of beauty to me.
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,554
Posted By Polska
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

Yes! And I can't even believe that it continues (for decades now) to rear it's ugly head. Got an unsolicited email inviting us to play one of these. You get 50 tickets for free that you can sell for...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,554
Posted By Polska
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

I have two bands, one of which is a cover and one an all-original rock band. I don't have to rely on either for income (I work a full-time job), but all of the band members and I value our time. The...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,377
Posted By Polska
Re: Jeff Beck w/ Vinnie (Full Crossroads 07 Set)

Awesome, thanks! I think this is his best lineup ever. Have to say too that Ronnie Scott's is one of my all time favorite concert DVD's. Just fantastic playing.
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,281
Posted By Polska
Re: songs with leading toms

Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,025
Posted By Polska
Re: Mainly for the women of DW: Who is your pick for sexiest drummers?

Yes, it appears to be a chance for the women to voice their opinion on the hottest drummer, and I'm sure there will be a couple comments here and there. Then it will simply (once again) devolve into...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,025
Posted By Polska
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,260
Posted By Polska
Re: Stupid Newbie Tricks

When I bought my first set (used) as a teen, I got home and set it up based on a Kiss poster I had. Peter Criss had a floor tom on the left side in the picture, so I did the same. Could not figure...
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,555
Posted By Polska
Re: In need of some advice..

Go for it! If you get it, that is fantastic. If not, you will know what you need to work on for the next band.
Forum: Drums 05-22-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,452
Posted By Polska
Re: Looking for a good intermediate kit for about $600

Bought my M Birch used and I love it! Finish is flawless, tunes easy and looks fantastic. Couldn't be happier.
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,777
Posted By Polska
Re: Do you play the drum part exactly the same each night?

When I was playing cover songs I tried very hard to play my parts virtually the same each time. In my all-original, pop rock band I do not. I may play the basic feel the same, but the fills change...
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,731
Posted By Polska
Re: Musicians who don't listen to music.

I don't listen to as much as I used to when I was a teen or in my 20's, but who does? I do listen to music from my own collection during my 20 min (each way) work commute. I look forward to picking...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,346
Posted By Polska
Re: Daniel Liljekvist leaves Katatonia to "get a normal job that gets the bills payed"

I'm not sure about that. I'd hate to take away the fun of playing and turn it into the drudgery of any old "day job". A job is a job - a means to pay the bills. Drums to me at least are a joy and if...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,462
Posted By Polska
Re: Did Bill Bruford stop practicing for a while?

I agree, you should definately read the bio. Very entertaining.

Part of the reason he left Yes was the torturous rehearsal and recording process with the band. He talks about how they'd play for a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By Polska
Re: Latest AH HA moment...

Playing fills and mini-solo's over the bar line. It doesn't happen with every song, depends on the groove, but on certain original songs my band does, I'm suddenly able to think in 2, 3 measure (and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,785
Posted By Polska
Re: Other musicians' view of drums.

I take a lot of good natured ribbing in my band about not being a "musician" and other drum jokes, but it's all in good fun. They are my friends and I think secretly they would all like to be able to...
Forum: Drums 03-29-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,415
Posted By Polska
Re: Just a G.A.S. observation

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

I don't believe in having more of anything than what I need for my situation, and that doesn't just apply to drums. I'm at a point in my life where I...
Forum: Drums 03-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,159
Posted By Polska
Re: You get what you pay for

And yet another thing to keep in mind - how will I be using my gear?

If I'm a classical drummer in an orchestra or do a lot of pit shows, $1000 is probably well worth it for a snare.

If I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,363
Posted By Polska
Re: Is it bad to have little or no individuality?

I also agree with using our favorite artists as starting points for gear. I have. There isn't always the option to go into a music store and try out various brands of drums. Even there, the sound is...
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,412
Posted By Polska
Re: Double bass opinions

Even Bozzio "cheated" back in the UK days, rigging his single pedal to bounce back when lifting his foot, getting two beats for one. I think he commented something about why not let equipment work...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,155
Posted By Polska
Re: Band vs Drummer?

I do a little of both. Bruford is my favorite drummer, but I continued to love Crimson after he left. Now I listen to any project Pat Mastelotto is a part of, including his Crimso contributions.
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