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Forum: Drum Technique 07-02-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 523
Posted By philrudd
Re: Bouncing problem

Wow, GDM, I went through the exact same thing when I tried an unported head! It was not too long ago - I was really freaking out about how bad my foot technique had suddenly become, so I came on this...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-02-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By philrudd
Re: Bringing the beater back

Ditto. (Just substitute 'thirty' for 'fifty' and it all rings true for me.) For some reason, bringing the beater back never even occurred to me.

I suppose I always wanted a thuddy-sounding bass...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-02-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 802
Posted By philrudd
Re: How tense are you when you play?

Been playing drums almost thirty years now.

Think I finally started to really relax during the last two. No joke.
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 776
Posted By philrudd
Re: How do I know if I will stick with drums? Advice please.

Gosh, Jim, you struck me as a 'sunny-side-of-the-street' kind of fella. Your outlook has always sounded upbeat to me.

Now that I think of it, most of the posters on this forum seem to be...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 776
Posted By philrudd
Re: How do I know if I will stick with drums? Advice please.

Line the three instruments up at one side of the room.

You stand on the other.

Whichever comes to you first is the one you were meant for.

Okay, sorry, just being a pain in the ass. (I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 748
Posted By philrudd
Re: Preparing for the first gig

So what happened with the gig? The suspense is killing me.
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,001
Posted By philrudd
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

I agree with everything you write, but I don't think it's a mutually-exclusive situation: I learned by listening, too, but now - with the internet and the available access devices - I can listen to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,001
Posted By philrudd
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

I've actually started collecting stories of my van adventures in the 90's and early 2000's. From what I can tell, one of the biggest changes in the music industry due to technology is the touring...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 748
Posted By philrudd
Re: Preparing for the first gig

All great replies above, I second them all.

I'm not sure how to word this, but when you do feel nerves - and you will; it's the first gig - don't fight yourself about it. Before my early gigs, I'd...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 892
Posted By philrudd
Re: How to stop playing slightly ahead of the beat?

Good god, this just makes so much sense to me...

I can't wait to get home and try this out. Some switch was flipped in my mind - thanks, BillRay.
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 793
Posted By philrudd
Re: Making $ playing drums

You can make money doing this?
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,001
Posted By philrudd
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

Oh hell yeah. Metronome apps, youtube, drumless tracks available for download...and of course this forum.

I already done told you, Larry, that you personally have had a huge effect on my drumming....
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 618
Posted By philrudd
Re: Snare sound with Hot Rods?

You know, last year my band was asked to play a gig in someone's living room ('cause we're just that massive) and there was a lot of concern about the drum volume - not just for the room itself, but...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,020
Posted By philrudd
Re: Bitter Ginger Baker slating Zeppelin and Bonham - again

I'm not a fan of poetry, but I'm familiar with Alan Ginsberg and William Carlos Williams, you know?

Absolutely no offense taken - by anyone here, I'm certain. I was being a bit of a wiseacre, but...
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,442
Posted By philrudd
Re: Let down by a drummer with chops but no ability

You think this is true? I've always been unsure...I hope that it is. I've never been a 'chops master' and my technique has never really been much more than passable, but one thing that I've always...
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,096
Posted By philrudd
Re: You and your practice regimen, come clean

Completely agree! My work/living situation doesn't allow me to go with a full kit around the house, so I beat the hell out of my practice pad.

I definitely find that if I can execute something...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,442
Posted By philrudd
Re: Let down by a drummer with chops but no ability

Reminds me of a time out on tour, my band opened for a local outfit with a small following.

The drummer had an almost Queensryche-esque setup; just seeing it assembled was impressive. Then the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,020
Posted By philrudd
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,020
Posted By philrudd
Re: Bitter Ginger Baker slating Zeppelin and Bonham - again

I did a double-take on that as well...

Who played drums for Van Halen again?
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,327
Posted By philrudd
Re: Muscle Seizing/Fatigue at Gigs

Absolutely true, but you're citing an extreme example. 90 degree heat after 11pm doesn't strike me as a 'typical' gig environment. (I live in Georgia, and have played several outdoor gigs in the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,327
Posted By philrudd
Re: Muscle Seizing/Fatigue at Gigs

This, this, and this. (Of course, I said almost the exact same thing earlier in this thread...so no surprise this post gets my full support. Beyond being the truth, even.)

I think it's indicative...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,327
Posted By philrudd
Re: Muscle Seizing/Fatigue at Gigs

Two things that helped me immensely:

1) A good workout regimen. And it doesn't have to be a brutal MMA-style workout, either - intensity is important, but consistency is even more important.

2)...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,909
Posted By philrudd
Re: Stage Etiquette

Isn't it just good manners? There's a guy waiting to get onstage, hoping the crowd doesn't cool off or thin out, and trying to get his band's set underway as soon as possible. Plus, the sound man has...
Forum: General Discussion 05-20-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,909
Posted By philrudd
Re: Stage Etiquette

Already covered, but I want to underscore:

1) In a multi-band bill, DON'T break your kit down on stage. Move it off and break it down in the wings. I'm amazed how many drummers - older,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,554
Posted By philrudd
Re: Comparing ones abilities with others

Competitiveness/comparisons generally reflect the mindset of the observer.

When I was younger, I was very insecure about my abilities, and so seeing a better drummer brought out the green-eyed...
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