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Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 6
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Re: The modern history of the drumset

I think it's well-written. I don't disagree with anything there.
Liked the photos. It was interesting how Stewart Copeland brought small drums back into vogue.
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 900
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

I have had great luck with Pearl mesh heads on regular drums, with ddrum triggers. The main issue for you is probably the bass drum. You can get the mesh head and put it on and trigger with that....
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 898
Re: My Band Frustrations

You didn't say if Joe is the singer, I am assuming he is. I think it's natural for the singer to have more say over songs (in a vocal band) because he has to sing them. That is something I have...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,552
Re: Post your youth pics here.

One of the best threads I have seen here. These are really cool!
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Re: Are E-kits only good for practicing at home?

I took my ancient Tama kit and put mesh heads on it with the triggers for quiet practice. When it comes time to gig I will switch out my good acoustic kit with the Tamas. I am going for an old...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Re: Are E-kits only good for practicing at home?

There is a prejudice against e-drums, no doubt about it. Everybody loves to hate them.
Ironically, these same people have no problem with an endless amount of digital manipulation to an acoustic...
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,282

The first one that inspired me to play drums:


The one that showed me the next level of possibilities:
Forum: General Discussion 12-22-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,806
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

The difference is, in most situations, is the bar owner collects the money. At the door and at the bar, unless it's a private party.
You might have invested more in recording gear, instruments, and...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,806
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

A bar owner is in business to sell alcohol and attract people to the establishment. He's not there to supply you with an audience or help jump start the career of local musicians.

I have never...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 729
Re: what are some great books about drummers you have read.

Mickey Hart- Drumming at the Edge of Magic
Seconds on Bruford's autobiography- excellent.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,251
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

My first thought was Elvin Jones.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,403
Re: Nuggets of hard won wisdom

Things I have learned:
Not hitting a cymbal at the beginning of a new part or measure will often give that change more of an impact compared to hitting a cymbal.
If I can't seem to do things I used...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 804
Re: Drumming as Art

This might sound odd...but try sitting down and playing abstract ideas. Like playing a drum solo about walking in a forest, or getting in a fight. Or winter into spring or something.
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,243
Re: Who "invented" the rock beat?

Steve Smith has a DVD on "History of the US Beat."
He says that when rock and roll first started recording, there were no rock and roll session drummers, only jazz guys. So they would "swing" the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Re: It's hard to start a band, when you're a Drummer

I was always frustrated that I could never submit songs to my band. Through MIDI I am figuring out how to do so.
I used to compose a complex drum part in Cakewalk in the "staff view." Then I would...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,522
Re: When soundmen attack

Soundman is one of those jobs where it is a prerequisite to be grumpy, similar to computer techs and auto mechanics.

I once got reamed out by a soundman for having two bass drums. He basically...
Forum: Drums 11-24-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,553
Re: Acrylic snares???? gen me up

I use the Crush 14" acrylic. I love the drum. Here is some video of it in a live context. This is when I just got it and was still dialing in the sound.

Forum: Drummers 11-18-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 19,422
Re: Mike Mangini

Holy crap- if you really listen to what is happening with "The Enemy Inside"- it's an amazing drum track.
The way the guy changes time sigs and throws out insane fill is just cool. He has to be one...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Re: The Drummer's Journal

Excellent! Man, that thing looks like a shit-ton of work.
I produced an indie mag. People don't realize the amount of effort and time it takes to do something that looks that good.
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,125
Re: Joe Morello: I Couldn't Play Jo Jone's Bass Drum

Speaking of Big Sid- my Dad used to check him out when he was growing up in Chicago. Dad said that if people talked during Big Sid's solo, he would get up from the drums and go sit at the bar until...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,125
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

I have a friend who KILLS it on electronic kits. Odd meters out the whazoo- he can tear up those big band songs on the Roland kit.

He can't play an acoustic kit at all. Whether it's mental or not,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,125
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

Those are definitely points I hadn't considered. Also, drumming is really a different beast than a melodic instrument. Piano skills probably convert to keyboard better than rudiments to a tonal...
Forum: General Discussion 10-14-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,125
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

In a broader sense, I find it interesting that drummers did not take to electronic drums the way guitarists and pianists took to the electrification of their instruments.
Drummers are very...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,186
Re: Guitarist comment on drummers

SOME guitarists think the job of the drummer is nothing more than to make them sound good. I guess that is true in many contexts, but it's not the status quo.

Ever "jam" with a guitarist and they...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,338
Re: What is your opinion of this Billy Cobham review?

I think he went overboard by calling the music "decadent." If you consider old men soloing too much "decadent," what do you think of KISS spitting fire, Prince humping his guitar, or any other forms...
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