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Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2015, 03:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Things guitarist tell drummers to do...

I often practice each limb one at a time, the y's, ah's, and, pul, et also. Some times I switch back and forth between the full roll and the one handed, or even doubling the one handed version.
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2015, 02:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Asian-Style Drumming, Japanese Taiko, Chinese, etc.

I wish there were some resources for Chinese drumming, especially the jingbian. It seems like the big drums like dagu are playing simplified versions of of what the high pitched drum plays.

As...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-30-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Brush technique

I like traditional grip with one or both hands for brushes. It's the only way to get the angle right(steep), and not hurt my wrist. Using a steep angle with sticks will give you a unique sound too.
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 754
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Endings

Let one guy break time while everyone else counts four bars silently, then play on more measure of time, its way better than the Ol ritardando.
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 530
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Covering Songs that Have Percussion

Rim shots with hands on a snare are surprisingly painless, in some ways it's easier than playing congas. If you are careful there is a little gap, where your knuckles never touch the rim or the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 145
Posted By SmoothOperator
Multichannel Recording Options

What are low rent recording options for more than two channels( not tracks or a mixer)

So far I've seen:

Multiple xlr to usb cables.

Some nice multi channel recorders for integration with...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 03:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rudiments & drumset application

Sure it's out there. I guess I'm saying you could skip the square form with no loss of generality. If that cascara was indeed a Latin cascara(it sounded awfully paradidly to me), just practice the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rudiments & drumset application

The rudiments sound too euro-centric and busy to my ears, only really suitable when you want to play each and every beat. From what I've seen the only thing that vaguely resembles the rudiments...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 817
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The kind of night that makes you wonder why you even bother

I did a show, where my equipment ended up getting used by many other groups. Your situation is more severe. In my case the group had their own equipment, but it was mediocre and not maintained very...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The state of pop music

Then, bands still don't play dance tunes. In my college town, the Latin DJ always took back seat to the live salsa band, only playing on off nights, and when the band had a better paying gig. ...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The state of pop music

The compression problem is very real. This is one of these reasons you see the movement to cymbals. Also, in my opinion it's key to tune the drums to pitches and not muffle them much, a dull thud...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2015, 03:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Toning down a ride cymbal

The idea isn't to restrict movement but to get the cymbal to move in a manner that produces less wash. Some cymbals naturally produce fewer overtones with more sustain. In some cases clamping the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Incorrect terms and Discrimination

Amplified cardboard and veneer?
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The state of pop music

It's just taste. In the Latin charts Banda el Recodo has a number one hit right now.
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Incorrect terms and Discrimination

Notice how each acoustic guitar is plugged in. I don't know what the term for it is though. Maybe they should call it piezio only or something.
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Toning down a ride cymbal

I clamp it down tight. I can still get a nice wash out of the ride, but clamping opens up other opportunities.
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,017
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Talking to the doctors now....

I guess it kind of depends on what you think is evidence. Some people need some huge expensive double blind clinical study. Other people will look at a few animal studies maybe a longitudinal study...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 522
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Video Camera Advice

I think the high frame rate would be a huge bonus for syncing audio and video.
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,207
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drinking and Drumming

I find that drinking dismishes the joy I get from my recreational activities. I wish I had discovered this fact earlier in life.
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2015, 02:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 885
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming and tennis

I've played tennis a few times recently. The parallel between tennis and drumming ever so briefly, crossed my mind. It might improve your cymbal skills, getting that perfect swipe on the crash, but...
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The origin of the term "Gospel Chops"

There are a number of gospel chops/drum shedding videos on YouTube. They are awesome, and musically interesting on there own. I wish they would develop their cymbal work a little more though. Do...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,729
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Big Band drum thread.

I was percussion in my colleges big band (it was an engineering school, they let everyone play). I also played percussion for my wife's Chinese big band(25 players), quite n experience.
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2015, 01:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,186
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

I think you have mistaken cable for Internet. Not the same thing, and half the price. I think internet+mobile internet encourages people to go out to some degree, compared to TV.

If anything has...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,186
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

I am going through a similar phase, where the net has less effect on my personal life, though I use it pretty much continuously at work, I think it's called summer. Though, the net effect on my life...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 465
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Singers and percussion

That is interesting. In the local Latin band I like to watch, it seems the percussion/back up singer section seems to run the show. The rhythm section occasionally plays a tight knit syncopated...
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