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Forum: Drummers 07-15-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 951
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: people that look like drummers

I look like a drummer but don't tell my mom, it'd break her heart. She thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Doing a clinic on August 8 in Vista, CA

I'm gonna video it so it'll be documented. I have several tracks I'm going to play along to and give a breakdown of some of what I'm doing.
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By BillRayDrums
Doing a clinic on August 8 in Vista, CA

Heya all!

I'm gearing up for a move to Seattle mid August and will be doing a drum clinic on 8/8 at "Drum Flip" in Vista, CA. http://drumflip.com

If you're in the area I'd like to invite you...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Zero practice gig..............

Been there many times. Learn what they gave you and know it the best you can so that when you get to the gig you'll have an idea of how it's supposed to sound.

You'll probably make small mistakes...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-12-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,401
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Rudiments: Limited tempo range?

Let me make it real easy for you.

Every rudiment occurs naturally between two limbs. If you have four limbs, then you spend all your time figuring out how the hell all these rudiments fit...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 657
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Do you accept every gig you're offered or are you picky?

I usually square it on three things-

1. Is the music fun and good players?
2. Are the people cool to hang with?
3. Does it pay well?

If the gig pays well but the music sucks but the hang is...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-05-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: I'm in desperate need of help!!!

You should write it out in notation so you have a better idea of what you're playing. Also, when you get myopic on something it's like you can't see the forest because of the trees so best to step...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 887
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Drumming and tennis

Dan Millman changed my entire life. Great author.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-01-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: am i evil music chart

I just came here to say "I am benevolent keeper of beats!" :D
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Blues jam session ... play simple - receive big applause

Unless the song is about fills and fancy stuff! ;)
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Making $ playing drums

If you get into music to make money you're going to be highly disappointed. It's not an easy gig, lots of pitfalls and flakes.... shit man even the "reputable" turn out to be complete jokes...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Crap rehearsal = great gig?

It's kinda like that sometimes. Always best to become no one, going nowhere and doing nothing.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,091
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How tense are you when you play?

Never tight or tense. Loose as can be.
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2015, 05:03 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,149
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

Sticky floors. That's why I always use my own rug...err..."energy vortex"...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 499
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Bad gig, good learning experience.

The thing about hearing is this- You should hear the song internally in your head and play to that, all the while allowing your notes to mesh with the other players. Sometimes you can't hear as deep...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,131
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How to stop playing slightly ahead of the beat?

Thanks for that! Always nice to get compliments! And yes, I just "slow down the bouncing ball" so to speak.
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,131
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How to stop playing slightly ahead of the beat?

Play in slow motion. Seriously, that's how I laid things back.
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,359
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Playing covers vs. playing originals... or both?

If you wanna make a living playing music you will end up playing cover tunes at some point.

Then again, I made a pretty nice living playing OPM (Other People's Music) for 25 years. Then the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2015, 04:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 963
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Drummer- the only musician that can't mess up?

I make tens of mistakes every time I play. Slight miscalculations and sometimes really, really huge ones!

It's how you recover from those mistakes is what saves you. So remember "Do it once, it's...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-17-2015, 02:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,544
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Fast Shuffle Technique

Here's some variations of shuffle grooves. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqd36NaUM58&index=3&list=PLbWJRiP-bPyYfCewUBwoSTQuXOJHBxsFn)
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2015, 12:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Drumming Clown on Ed Sullivan

Since when did clowns start wearing habits? ;)
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,236
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Thoughts on super fast foot speed

I am definitely not a DM drummer, but I've taught a pretty notable one. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p42Yr4dsqEs) That being said, there's a fine line... well maybe NOT that fine a line between...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,126
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: What's Your Signature Fill?

I would say something six-strokey.
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By BillRayDrums
Forum: Drums 06-07-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,465
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

Wanna learn how to play quiet? Get a restaurant gig with a fire breathing dragon of a chef. That'll learn ya.

Seriously that's how I learned. You begin to see the dynamic ceiling as if it were a...
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