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Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2018, 11:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 367
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Stolen Gear

I knew someone that had their professional camera stolen onetime. Went for a swim at the beach and it was gone. I feel bad that this happened to them, but I've kind come to the conclusion, that...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 623
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: how to learn a jazz tune

With a trumpet... Seriously though, when I want to LEARN a song, I learn the melody. In jazz when a jazz musician learns a song, they practice it in all the keys. Same idea here, practice comping...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play a rhumba?

This is what I think of as a rhumba, I often use the tables of time and alternate between triplets duples, with accents on the tressilo.

In a dance context there are two different variations of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: My Library Lends Musical Instruments

I live in Maryland, Montgomery county.

I think musical instruments are cool, and I hope it stimulates some people to have fun, but I hope they start carrying sheet music books. That would be more...
Forum: General Discussion 09-08-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By SmoothOperator
My Library Lends Musical Instruments

I just noticed that my library is going to start lending musical instruments. The program sounds kind of like this one: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog/post/2645

I'm stoked, looks like they...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 700
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: My Latest Blog Post: What does it mean to be a "Professional"?

Professionalism is adhering to a certain standard in the field, the standard can be different depending on the field and doesn't necessarily imply the highest the "best".

An example is my when my...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,175
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Can you be a good drummer with bad math skills?

Some Asian girls may also hate math, just not the ones that end up in the US on a STEM visa.
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2018, 12:41 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,175
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Can you be a good drummer with bad math skills?

I had that argument with my ninth grade algebra teacher. She said I wasn't showing my work, she thought I was cheating, but I pointed out that I was the first one done. It got really interesting...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How did they tune in the 17th century

I think it is kind of interesting that many cultures in the 17th century didn't really have a concept of fixed static set of pitches. Native Americans in the North had a very fluid singing style...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-13-2018, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,259
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Too Much 2 & 4

I like playing it with different instruments, gives it a little bit different look and feel.

I am particularly inspired by Columbian Gaiteros these days, here is a good shot of the giant Guord...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-04-2018, 02:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,259
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Too Much 2 & 4

In jazz the 2&4 is usually done with the hihat, the snare will often be played to mark the one. A beginner jazz drummer will keep this going the entire song. If you actually ever listen to rock,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming & Singing Simultaneously

I don't quite understand the key game. It is a standard thing in blue grass and jazz, where people practice the songs in all keys. I know if you show up at a jam and they'll say lets do it in X Y...
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2018, 01:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming & Singing Simultaneously

In the past I've avoided singing, my voice is too low, but recently I've been inspired to practice this in my attic. I have a number of Native American cd's and they ALWAYs sing and drum(or shake)....
Forum: Drummers 07-29-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Charlie Watts ,does he Swing.??,or doesn 't so well..!?.

Stones are so meh... I grew up listening to the AOR Rock programming. Never really noticed anything they played, except maybe that one with the floor tom groove, if I recall correctly "Paint it...
Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,035
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Perhaps it's time to get sensible?

:) Everything sounds better when you're tall. You don't have to cluster everything together, toms and cymbals sitting on top of the bass, resonating and damping each other.
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Evoking Emotions through Drums

Ah come on, if you're happy and you know it...

There are kinds of dirges out there, it's 100% cultural. There are some extremely solemn drums out there, listen to some military funeral services...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,076
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Do guitarists generally dislike rests on drums?

I think this is part of the interesting thing about big bands, I think many of the leads will intentionally swing this way or that, and all of the follows will go along. If you watch Dizzy...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-11-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Jazz Drum Tuning

For the toms, you can pretty much use a tuner to hit the frequency you want. The snare you can use a tuning app, it lets you record a note for each lug then you can work out which ones are off.
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Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 643
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Boxy Sounding Drums?

Using positive adjectives light, articulate and dry.
Forum: General Discussion 07-06-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,422
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Does Drumming Therapy work?

With Peyote? You laugh, but seriously psychiatrists have been testing out mescaline in guided healing sessions. I don't see how that is so different from the peyote rituals, of the Native American...
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 696
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: merch

Let's face it you would only really need the smaller sizes of panties. Seriously, though us tall guys have our own personal brand, all the styles with printed decals are for the dime a dozen crowd.
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,804
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Jazz vs Latin (Afro-Cuban/Brazilian)

Bumping an old thread, but I ran across this:

https://youtu.be/2zLiLGEDatM

The steps look like half a salsa to me. And the rasps (bear growlers) they are using, as it turns out rasps are a...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,344
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Best shuffles?

Anymore when I'm in the mood for shuffle, I listen to stomp dance. Indian House recordings has some excellent recordings. I love the way they sort of morph from triplets to duples. I gather they...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-02-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,529
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: career advise

Many people won't understand what I'm about to write, but if you've been a new upstart during the past ten years you'll know what is about. It helps to have a mean streak. Some of the older (lost)...
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 710
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rattle Songs

There is a thesis about it: https://etd.ohiolink.edu/rws_etd/document/get/bgsu1244856703/inline

I'm going to have to read this more thoroughly. Good stuff.
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