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Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,006
Posted By Otto
Re: The worst gig of my life

Another way to say 'infinity flexible' is 'lacking internal integrity'.

Get your gigs contracted...refuse drum equipment share riders....otherwise your work on the music can be for not.
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By Otto
Re: Peart - would you hang out with him?

kinda catch 22...

How would I know unless I met him?

Remember...everything you have read or seen is part of his profession as an entertainer. I don't believe we could truly know who he is...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 842
Posted By Otto
Re: RUSH retirement rumor

I'd go see them in Vegas...would be great if they made their show stationary...we'd go see 'em....and it would be less wear/tear/discomfort for them.

Maybe 2 shows a month...keep writing so there...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,224
Posted By Otto
Re: Bands and tempo arguments

Its a rare musician that is satisfying to play with who can't keep time for themselves, in my opinion.
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,214
Posted By Otto
Re: I'm back. Did you miss me?

That's great Zickos!!!

Glad to hear all is looking FAR better!
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By Otto
Re: Do you plan your fills?

I suggest continually trying new methods in your composition methods to help avoid getting stale.
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,494
Posted By Otto
Re: Lady Gaga on the Oscars.

I think the support given to music acts by labels in the removed past provided more than just time for musical development...it provided time for personal development.

Gaga's limited exposure to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,048
Posted By Otto
Re: Are there fewer demands for a drummer now, than before?

I think the observation that 'being a drummer is not the same as being a producer' might be helpful here.

...or an engineer.

Producing and engineering is more complex now - giving the pay-off...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 01:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,224
Posted By Otto
Re: Bands and tempo arguments

I am really glad to see this truth being said more frequently.

Most of the musicians stating drummers hold responsibility for 'keeping time' are simply trying to create a dominance dynamic that...
Forum: Drummers 02-14-2015, 03:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,603
Posted By Otto
Re: Marco Minnemann

OK...Hand Cannot Erase

Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 02:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,403
Posted By Otto
Re: How many times have you been asked...

The time where I let another use my drum equipment like that I ended up having to replace most of the heads.

I don't rent out my equipment.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-09-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Otto
Re: Help! Left hand doubles in jazz comping

Practice moving an accent around each of the 3 notes in all possible combinations of a triplet when playing the triplet with one hand is helpful in later dropping the 'un-accented' note.

Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,348
Posted By Otto
Re: Do you own (or want to own) both acoustic and electric kits?

I have yet to find a quiet yet faithful reproduction of a drum set that does not create bad habits when used extensively.

True sound insulation is a time and $ consumer...and renting makes it...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,380
Posted By Otto
Re: Unanswered Threads

Kinda like playing in a mostly empty hall with no one paying attention.

We all have experienced it...and the wise decision is to keep at it and improve your audience appeal...or pack it in...or...
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By Otto
Re: This kit set up intrigues me

I switched to this type of config back in 1995(symmetric)...I highly recommend folks give it a try

...unless you find yourself always playing a house kit or someone else's at the venue.
Forum: General Discussion 12-31-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 779
Posted By Otto
Re: Drummers who play other instruments also....

I think cross training on various instruments will give perspectives you might not already have on your main instrument.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,751
Posted By Otto
Re: Does playing covers change you?

Everything you play effects what you play in the future.

Degree of effect?...What it effects?...Timelines?....all subjective to the person/people/situation...of course.
Forum: General Discussion 12-18-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,849
Posted By Otto
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

Physical or emotional abuse(lack of attention to 'do no harm') are NEVER to be tolerated...'Authority' allows no exception...as 'authority' is lost when morality goes out the door and you start...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By Otto
Re: I'm Running a Little Competition

Gratz on the subcount!!
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By Otto
Re: Weird Al Wired

Al/the band could parody the commercial if Radio Shack finally closes its doors.
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Posted By Otto
Re: The foot is the key to groove

I think the real center point of timing is keeping consistency BETWEEN limbs...so not relying on any one limb for establishing the feel I want...and having the ability to move time around any combo...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 935
Posted By Otto
Re: Totally lost

I echo the suggestion to record then take the time to listen....and set a metronome up and lock it in...then see where the tempo goes and who is taking it there.

if its you, then start breaking...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,186
Posted By Otto
Re: So you're going to a band audition...

Auditions are hard.

Have a bad day and both the auditioner and auditioned lose out.

I am beginning to think an audition should last long enough for people to get to know each other and for the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-01-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 935
Posted By Otto
Re: Most important lessons for beginners

Learning how to learn is what I would say is most important...

Avoiding burn-out, constant re-examination of your precepts and devising exercises....closely observing your playing via recording.
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By Otto
Re: Anti-Slip Drumsticks?

I'm with WhoIsTony...Moving into a dynamic mobile agile grip helps a lot.

A stiff 'death' grip on a stick really accentuates anything impeding the friction between stick and skin.

I think...
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