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Forum: Drummers 09-08-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 43,778
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Went to a Thomas Lang Clinic last night..

i feel ya. lang is the man.

there seems to be a coalition of drummers out there who diss him at every turn, saying he's too this or too that, but i say it's jealousy.

the guy is incredible and...
Forum: Drummers 06-29-2006, 03:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,895
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: John Riley

through his website:


you'd get a lot out of it, duke. he's a cool cat.
Forum: Drummers 06-28-2006, 10:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,895
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: John Riley

i live in new york, and asked him if he would consider taking me as a student. i do not attend msm.
Forum: Drummers 06-28-2006, 07:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,895
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: John Riley

here's how the lesson went down:

firstly, i must say that mr. riley is truly a nice human being. as soon as he opened the door to the practice room, i felt like i was in the company of a good...
Forum: Drummers 06-23-2006, 06:40 PM
Replies: 932
Views: 139,265
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Neil Peart

oof. too many pages to take in...

the thing i admire most about neil is his dedication to the craft, and his decision to go back and take lessons. i think that says a lot about someone's...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2006, 04:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,743
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: What are you doing to improve your musicality?

i guess to me playing musically means being creative and appropriate in how you support and enhance the music. it involves using the aforementioned techniques, but also listening to the music and...
Forum: Drummers 06-16-2006, 04:42 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 21,301
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Phil Collins

ah, you beat me to the punch!

nuclear burn is one of the most killing tunes (overall, not just the drums) ever made. brand x was a great band, and phil is astonishing on those albums. blazingly...
Forum: Drummers 06-16-2006, 04:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,895
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: John Riley

duke, i hear ya on the 'energy' front, but what impresses me about riley is his overall technique, cleanliness, taste, vocabulary and subtlety. he still plays with the vanguard orchestra here on most...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-02-2006, 05:02 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 16,840
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Long Hours Practicing

definitely set goals, be it building speed through the metronome, or working to smooth out the rough spots. whatever. record yourself. hearing what you're doing, not just what you think you're doing,...
Forum: Drummers 06-02-2006, 04:07 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 18,304
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Bill Cobham the best drummer?

different strokes and all that, but there is no question that cobham was, is and always will be a phenomenal drummer. powerful, inventive, articulate... we could go on and on!

i was listening to...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-04-2006, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,760
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Question about how wide to keep your Hi-Hats.

my first teacher always recommended 2-3 inches apart, for versatility in different playing sitches. controlling the level of ssssss and slosh were part of the challenge he wanted me to master.

Forum: Drummers 04-03-2006, 11:10 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 44,457
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Oh dear, what happened to Simon Phillips / TOTO ???

oh, well, now - there ya go!

actually, i didn't even know james newton had friends. he always seems too busy cranking out [insert famous or non-famous movie score here].

man. this thread is...
Forum: Drummers 04-03-2006, 06:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,830
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: John Blackwell

he's one funky drummer, fo' sho'.

there was a pretty good interview with him in the berklee alum magazine, where he talks about how he almost quit drums after his daughter passed. apparently,...
Forum: Drummers 03-16-2006, 12:15 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 61,418
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Avenged Sevenfold

i just heard this band for the first time this past weekend, and must say i was impressed. i thought they had a good and unique sound, diverse tunes, and definite talent. i think they're coming...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2006, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 80,041
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: "New" Legends of Jazz?

ya, i'm seeing a somewhat contradictory cross-over too.

it seems a lot of newer artists are doing 'retro' explorations of bop, but they also are doing a lot of reworking of soul and rock music...
Forum: Drummers 03-02-2006, 09:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,855
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Barriemore Barlow

i was a huge tull fan growing up, so dug him by default. some people think its sounds really dated, and maybe it does, but i always liked the thick, thuddy drum sound he got. it worked really well...
Forum: Drummers 02-17-2006, 04:12 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 43,778
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Thomas Lang

saw him at the modern drummer festival a few years back and the entire place was blown away. he received 2 standing ovations, which can be rare at that event.

beyond the superchops stuff, which...
Forum: Drummers 02-16-2006, 10:54 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,746
Posted By smoggrocks
Re: Matt Cameron

matt's the man. i'm with sween and yakbutter on his power and creativity. i like his phrasing, coz he's always throwing in something unexpected.

berlioz: thanks for the link, and i'm with ya on...
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