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Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By BruceW
Re: Todd Sucherman class

Indeed :)

Mark is a friend. He's done a few different clinics over the last few years (he is a drummer himself), which is a very cool thing for a small town like ours. Todd did a regular...
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By BruceW
Todd Sucherman class

I had the good fortune to get to go to a master class taught by Todd Sucherman last night, and all I can say is WOW! What a great experience, and Todd is a class act. He is an amazing player, and...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 545
Posted By BruceW
Re: Your practice time...pleasure to work ratio

Sadly, I don't practice nearly enough these days. Its all on me, anything else is just making excuses. I am busy with work and other outside interests, not even counting our gig time. I should be...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 515
Posted By BruceW
Re: Band give aways /Burner sticks

I only play in low level bar/club settings mostly, but I have been asked once or twice, and it was cute, the way it was done. (No, it wasn't that the person asking was cute...heh. Tho that couldn't...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 203
Posted By BruceW
Really psyched (and a little intimidated)

Tonight I'm fortunate enough to get to go to a masters class by Todd Sucherman! Just 20 participants. Should be amazing.

Just a little intimidated to perhaps have to play in front of him. Of...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2019, 11:39 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,313
Posted By BruceW
Re: What are you listening to right now?

Its kind of sad, I've been involved in music (playing in bands, working in radio, club dj-ing) for so long that I rarely listen to anything just to listen any longer.

I listen to stuff that the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,342
Posted By BruceW
Re: And my metal project is done....

You're a pro musician. What you describe is how most of my friends approach it as well...when I mention rehearsal, they politely chuckle. Learning a new song? Do that on your own, and work it out...
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By BruceW
Re: Got a nice compliment at a gig last week

Same applies to me when I started playing in a variety band that added some country stuff to the classic rock standards and such. Country has never been my thing, and to be honest a lot of what...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,841
Posted By BruceW
Re: Did recording yourself make you a better player, and how?

The answer to the question that you have posed, "what has made me a better player", is playing. Reps. Gigs. Lots of them. I had this discussion with a fellow drummer friend here this past...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By BruceW
Re: Lug Locks or Rimshot-Locs

I'm quite certain that I'm not all that discerning, at least compared to many of the opinions I read here and online :)

I'm just looking for a good sound, and wanting it to stay that way for the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 677
Posted By BruceW
Re: how essential are backing vocals in a band?

My primary band is vocals-based. Its what sets us apart from most of the other bands in our little sphere of the world. We have 5 players: guitar, bass, keys, drums, and lead singer. But all five...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By BruceW
Re: Lug Locks or Rimshot-Locs

I guess I'm too deaf, and too inexperienced to do it by feel...I struggle to get it close to something I like as it is. That's what prompted this thread, the last couple of gigs I've gotten it to...
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By BruceW
Re: Lug Locks or Rimshot-Locs

I really want to try and avoid any extra noise between songs...it'd be kinda disingenuous of me to complain about the guitar players tuning out loud or too much chatter between songs if i'm in the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 661
Posted By BruceW
Re: Singing Drummers

Like others have said here, and like the pic in the post above mine, I use a boom stand out perpendicular, with a gooseneck coming down to where it can stay in front of me but also leaves my left arm...
Forum: General Discussion 04-25-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By BruceW
Lug Locks or Rimshot-Locs

I've been struggling with getting my snare right. Replaced the heads and the snare wire. Messed with the tuning a lot. (Yes, I'm not great at it, even after many years. Learning!)

This past...
Forum: General Discussion 04-20-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By BruceW
Re: Easter Drummers Rise Up!

There is a regular Sunday Jam here that will still be happening Sunday evening, depending on family obligations I may very well go over and play a few...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,920
Posted By BruceW
Re: Philosophical Question

If I'm the worst player in the band and they are willing to play with me, I'm happy to be that guy. I'll always be trying to do my best, and working to make the overall product better.
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By BruceW
Re: Oi !! He's right, I can't do it!

I sing backup on quite a few songs, and occasionally I run into a song or two where the vocal timing is counter enough to make it difficult to do both. Never tried TNT before, might have to give...
Forum: General Discussion 04-10-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,018
Posted By BruceW
Re: Counting

I tend to do a little of both.

I sing in our bands, both lead and backup, so I am usually tuned in to the lyrics. But as someone else mentioned, if the singer is off on their time, and you're...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Posted By BruceW
Re: Starting a band...EEEK

LOL, I love it. Anytime there is a song that I start coming up in the setlist, I look around quickly to make sure no one is in a compromising position or making some equipment adjustment, and launch...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Posted By BruceW
Re: Starting a band...EEEK

Actually, it can work in reverse. Something like Cocaine might not grab anyone these days, but a verse of it, going from one song, into another, is much more palatable for folks. That's the point...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Posted By BruceW
Re: Starting a band...EEEK

Medleys really can work. We do a few. It mixes it up for us, and the crowd will inevitably give you an "a-ha" sort of look when they recognize it moving into a different song.

Some of the ones...
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,944
Posted By BruceW
Re: What is your least favorite concession you made in your set up?

I'm still trying to figure out an easy way to integrate the tambourine into my setup, without cluttering up too much. I'll get a better contraption assembled at some point, to combine the tambourine...
Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By BruceW
Re: Paralysis by Analysis

So my new stuff arrived in the mail, and I finally got the chance to work on the drum. Its an old metal Tama RockStar, I will admit that I haven't given it a whole lot of tlc since I got it, and I...
Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,944
Posted By BruceW
Re: What is your least favorite concession you made in your set up?

I am still lugging around my old Titan stands too...very heavy. I get it
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