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Forum: General Discussion 04-06-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 0
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Posted By SmoothOperator
Hearing Game

I have been doing these hearing test apps, tracking my hearing, the one like is By Starkey, but they are kind of limited, and I was thinking this could be made into a multiplayer game. This is how...
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,030
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Other musicians' view of drums.

It's like one of those bands where everyone is a guitarist. Let's go to that part where all the guitars drop out.
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,847
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: My bizarre, ego-destroying experience

I *try* to play trumpet, I even took lessons, two or three. Trumpet is weird, because they can't play for long periods of time, so they have to be very focused when they do practice, though to be...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: is this hearing loss typical for drummers?

Tinnitus, can recover in some cases, and may not be associated with hearing loss. A couple of non-sound related things that you can do to help are take it easy on MSG, caffeine as well as take a B12...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Any Suggestions for Ear Plug Filter Strength?

I am interested in hearing about what people recommend for that too. For practice I use those Vic Firth ear muff style, and have been very happy with them, I feel like my drums sound better through...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-21-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Anyone here practicing rudiments with brushes?

Not so much, I approach the brushes more like a Guiro and or hand drum. Using scraper phrasing and the ability to get different notes out of the drum, like slaps and tones. I also have a rawhide...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-20-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The ostinato

I like the rhumba ostinatos, I can listen to those for ever. I know several variations, right hand, right foot, with clave, split between the limbs, traveling around the set, with triplet or 3/4...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-19-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Your leading limb/instrument?

I've also been backing off my right hand, only occasionally playing time with it. Or playing time in bits and pieces. It helps to count it out. My wrists just can't take it.
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 146
Posted By SmoothOperator
Pete Seeger Tribute, could have used a drummer.

I went to a Pete Seeger tribute last evening, by chance. It had many musicians each of which got their time in the spot light for their sing-a-long, with a number of all sings interspersed. There...
Forum: General Discussion 03-11-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,361
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Snares vs cymbals

I like cymbals more than snares. I was looking at my set the other day, and I have many cymbals that are fairly similar. In the 14 to 15 in range, mostly two sets of hi-hats but also a crash and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By SmoothOperator
Arm length and drumming style

Does arm length matter when it comes to a drummers style? I have 6'9" wing span I tend to like to spread my kit out give each drum and cymbal space, and go for maximum stereo effect, with lots of...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Sympathetic res good or bad?

I agree, I would add that within the two approaches are probably multiple disjoint goals, similar to the various tempering schemes found around the world. I think one of the advantages to an open...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By SmoothOperator
Sympathetic res good or bad?

Since I noticed a very nice harmonization between my tom and floor tom/bass, I've been trying to get more of these. So far I have been successful, and I can get a huge blend with seamless...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2014, 02:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: What sport disciplines help you become better on drums?

I think many activities would cross over, but swimming Is pretty good, especially for the upper body and coordination, you get controlled breathing in there too.
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By SmoothOperator
Sick sweat minor 9th drum harmony

So I was tuning up my drums a little, and I noticed that if I tune my bass/floor tom to Ab and my tom to A, I get a super sweet harmony, which was kind of unexpected since this interval is usually...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-02-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 285
Posted By SmoothOperator
Strength and Feel

I've been getting back into drumming. I've noticed various aches and pains as I regain my skills, however looking in the mirror it is kind of surprising to actually see that I am building muscle,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 141
Posted By SmoothOperator
Which Cajon Teacher is Better?

I've been a fan of the rhumba groove for a while, so it doesn't take much to get me excited, though I always played it on a large djembe, it makes sense to play it on a cajon anyway. Which teacher...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,030
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: New band - very loud drummer - question

A big factor is the venue. I had an issue with another drummer in our ensemble being too loud especially crashing on the 18 in crash ride, while I was standing right next to him, however when we...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Band vs Drummer?

In jazz listeners typically follow the individuals rather than any particular group they are playing with. I think people following the band rather than the individuals is a reflection of how the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 720
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: defying conventional drum set up for unique sound

I tuned a hihat bottom with a claw hammer.
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 697
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drummers you enjoy, but would never consider playing like?

JoJo, I was just watching him this morning, he was laying into the hihats, sounds great from the safety of my living room, but wouldn't want to be in the drummers seat, with all those high pitched...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,103
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is one genre of music really harder to play than another?

Tabla isn't something you just pick up. Do to India's historical and still functioning caste system, you literally have to be born into it. The closest analogy in the west would be Suzuki violin. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,103
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is one genre of music really harder to play than another?

I can't speak for all genres, but I have noticed hard bop songs do tend to be daunting, but pretty forgiving, because they have lots of off beat accents and rhythmic figures, but a very rigid form...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-22-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By SmoothOperator
32bar form counting playing techniques

I find keeping track of the bars and filling in a thirty two bar form somewhat challenging, especially playing solo so I have been think of ways to make it easier, one way I have come up with is to...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-21-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,249
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Entry Level Jazz

There are a couple things at play. A) Much of the Latin feel comes from multiple percussion parts, which can only be approximated on a drum set with one player. B) Even if your drum teacher was...
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