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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 01:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 710
Posted By STXBob
Re: Which college will be the best choice for drummer doing rock muisc in LA?

It's a legitimate question. One expects better writing from a potential undergraduate. Allowances are made for those for whom English is not their native tongue. As English is your second language,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-27-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 710
Posted By STXBob
Re: Which college will be the best choice for drummer doing rock muisc in LA?

Forgive me for beginning indelicately. I must ask: Is English your native language?
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 776
Posted By STXBob
Re: Trusting others with your kit?

Steve, I'm with you on that one. That ass-cactus would have been searching for his teeth.

I also agree with the folks who posted about not letting an opening act use your kit.

I guess what I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 776
Posted By STXBob
Re: Trusting others with your kit?

+1. Once a week, every week. Doing it all over tonight. ;-)

Now, I'm talking a groovy open mic jam at a bar, not a bunch of hormone-soaked teenagers. But the principle holds.

I don't put...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,260
Posted By STXBob
Re: Contrats To Bermuda!

A lovely album, full of laughs and outstanding musicianship.

Well done, Mr Schwartz!
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By STXBob
Re: Played my first Gig last night.

First, CONGRATS! :-D I'm glad you had fun, and it sounds like you made a positive impression. That's awesome.

Second, you've been getting lots of "get your drumkit out!" advice. I'm going to swim...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Posted By STXBob
Re: No Drums For 2-3 Weeks :(

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Zs9nNlwuDUI/SFX-yiVJwSI/AAAAAAAABW4/NOxYcqUrIZI/s400/rickallen.jpg

Just sayin'. :-P

Seriously, heal quickly. I hope you're both back at work and your drums as quickly...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 807
Posted By STXBob
Re: Buying options, need help!

I think that's about the best idea going. Your total budget is ~$1500. You can get an excellent intermediate kit for half of that or less.

As others have noted, pretty much any kit can be made to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By STXBob
Re: Band Hunting

I hosted the weekly open mic at a bar last night. Had a lot of new faces turn up and play, and closed with a fairly massive blues jam.

Result: Gig. ;-) Feller I'd never seen before turned up with...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By STXBob
Re: Band Hunting

+1 to the open mic nights. You'd be surprised who shows up to those.

Also, music stores sometimes have post-it boards just for situations like this. It's like a local gigging-musicians job center....
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 993
Posted By STXBob
Re: Why is it you never see threads saying....

I find this a fascinating question.

To me, a kit is the ENTIRE kit. It's my instrument. ALL of it. The cymbals are part of it.

Take a saxophone. It's a saxophone. If you take away the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By STXBob
Re: 10.000 hours of practice is not the magic number

I didn't say your opinion was arbitrary. I said your insistence that work =/= fun was arbitrary, then explained how, for some people, the work is part of the fun.

/pedant :-P



If that's how...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Posted By STXBob
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

I grok what you're saying, because I've done the same thing with historical western martial arts. Weapons and armor and clothing, plus a complete campsite ca. 1500, plus travel.

But I don't think...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By STXBob
Re: 10.000 hours of practice is not the magic number

Your insistence on mutual exclusivity is arbitrary and unnecessary.

"Fun" and "work" are entirely subjective. For me at least, I don't have fun when I suck at whatever it is I'm trying to do. For...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By STXBob
Re: 10.000 hours of practice is not the magic number

All generalizations are false.

;-D

The "10,000 hour" or "10 year" mastery/expertise timescale is indeed arbitrary. Yes, there are other factors which significantly impact attaining mastery,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Posted By STXBob
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

I don't know how you cope over there. I'd set fire to all my drum gear and find something else to do. Macrame, watercolor painting of the Devon coast, golf, watching footie on TV - okay, not that...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Posted By STXBob
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

I suspected there might have been something missed. ;-)

It occurs to me that my previous post reads badly. It sounds like I'm saying people who play for free have no principles. That's insulting...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Posted By STXBob
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

Then why are they paying everyone except the artists drawing the punters in the first place?

That's my point - if they're paying everyone EXCEPT the main draw, there's something fishy. If I, the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Posted By STXBob
Re: Really wanky behaviour....

THIS. Utterly, totally, and completely THIS.

I will do charity gigs. Provided I get paid.

The charity is making money on the punters paying gate. Failing to pay the musicians - while paying...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By STXBob
Re: Recital Song Ideas?

Fixed that for you. ;-) If the band can't really play - or doesn't like to play - the song you've chosen, you're going to come off as mediocre no matter how awesomely you play it.

If I can offer...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,139
Posted By STXBob
Re: Taking back your gigs

I'm with you. From the start, I thought the drummer Dave was depping for is being a tool. First, because he had an existing deal which he appears totally fine with reneging on. Second, over and above...
Forum: General Discussion 06-22-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By STXBob
Re: What's with the rust?

It might not be anything they were doing. It depends on what that bit was made of. If, for example, it was made of steel, rust is inevitable. It looks like that particular piece is made of sheet...
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 771
Posted By STXBob
Re: What would you consider "true innovations"

This.

Want a maddening experience? Play natural skins. ;)
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,139
Posted By STXBob
Re: Taking back your gigs

I say be honest and open with the others. I hope they understand your predicament. And I hope your financial affairs are soon solved! :D
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,543
Posted By STXBob
Re: Where do you draw the line with Frankenstein?

Now that's out of the way, I can address the thread topic.

I don't mind "Frankenstein" kits most of the time. I don't care in the slightest when they won't be seen. When you're in the studio,...
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