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Forum: Drums 12-18-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 414
Posted By brentcn
Re: Upgrade From Yamaha DP... 60's Ludwig?

OK, glad to hear that some have found that hardware useful! I'm surprised -- it only took one set up for me to decide to upgrade parts; things were just that bad. Couldn't mount the tom without it...
Forum: Drums 12-18-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 414
Posted By brentcn
Re: Upgrade From Yamaha DP... 60's Ludwig?

If you go for 3-ply Ludwigs (and you should!), it's a pretty much a given that you'll need to upgrade the hardware. Fortunately, modern replacements are easy to find.

A 22" 60's Ludwig bass drum...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 481
Posted By brentcn
Re: Band vent....

Yep, rehearsals become lengthy when someone is practicing during rehearsal. The only thing you can do is minimize how much time of yours' gets wasted. For example, let the band know in advance that...
Forum: General Discussion 12-16-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 686
Posted By brentcn
Re: Drumming as Art

Yes! Also, expect these gigs to not pay very well. Weeknights are best, so they don't interfere with your weekend gigs.
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By brentcn
Re: Some advice needed re: accuracy of songs

Just to be thorough -- there are gigs where getting the details of a recording exactly right is just not how success is measured, but they are usually jazz/fusion/blues/improv gigs and not pop/rock...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By brentcn
Re: Some advice needed re: accuracy of songs

Which should tell you that this guy is probably not the right teacher for you, if you want to tear apart songs and learn them accurately. You don't ever hear of a drummer being fired or failing an...
Forum: Drums 12-10-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By brentcn
Re: Keep an antique set safe for the travels

Statistically speaking, the biggest danger to a drum set isn't aggressive playing, or even drunken crowds, it's a car accident. Having the drums in padded hard shell cases is about the best you can...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,096
Posted By brentcn
Re: How to handle this situation

To protect your friends, you shouldn't say anything. And you don't need to, anyway.

Just say instead that you've heard around town what wedding band pay usually is, and ask for it (once you've...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By brentcn
Re: Cymbal Progressios

"If you can't sing it, you can't play it."

If you're finding it difficult to play repeating forms, then the solution is to develop your understanding of the forms, so that you can "hear" the chord...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,096
Posted By brentcn
Re: How to handle this situation

Just for a bit of perspective, it's illegal in the US for an owner to discourage their employees from discussing their salaries and wages with each other. Of course this is a contractor/vendor...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 875
Posted By brentcn
Re: Increasing drum hand speed/chops

There are too many things that could be hindering you, it's pretty much impossible to advise. Even if we could see your playing in a video, it's not the same as being able to correct you as you're...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-04-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By brentcn
Re: Retarded left foot - suggestions?

+1. It's pretty difficult to just "imagine" where the hi-hat notes will fall in relation to the snare comping exercise, at first. Circle or highlight the parts where the left foot is supposed to...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-03-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By brentcn
Re: Call for "Call Me" Transcription

Oh, cool! That track would've been very handy years ago.
Forum: Drum Technique 12-03-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By brentcn
Re: Call for "Call Me" Transcription

(Bermuda, nice work! That's you playing, right?)

On this song, it's pretty obvious that they overdubbed an additional hi-hat triplet part (it may even be a drum machine), so a transcription...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By brentcn
Re: Question about early beginner progression.

PLC, are you interested in playing drum set, or just snare?



+1.

Stick Control is pretty much a book of sticking patterns and note values. It's meant to challenge your facility and...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,917
Posted By brentcn
Re: Would like some feedback on my hand technique

This is a small step in the right direction, but man, you're still wailing a pad with huge sticks! It's no wonder at all that you're going numb at times -- you're slamming the stick with your wrist,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,266
Posted By brentcn
Re: playing less and keeping time

The key is to develop your awareness of time. Counting out loud as you play is the best method, something about connecting your voice to the beat that really develops your ability to play solid...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 738
Posted By brentcn
Re: Let's talk about THIS Vinnie video

The very first bit is very likely loose phrasing, nothing firm about it. Next, he's playing in 4/4 for a bit, a Latin-ish groove, and then he modulates to a slower tempo at about 1:55; the quarter...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 485
Posted By brentcn
Re: Putting band name on kick drum head, with multiple bands?

You could cover a bass drum head with this stuff (http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121458272701?lpid=82), and then draw with chalk the name and logo of the evening.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Band members with bad timing

Depends on what you're getting out of the gig. Sometimes the money is too good and you just have to deal with it. But, sometimes you walk because making music with incorrigible players is painful. ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-17-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,453
Posted By brentcn
Re: I think I'm losing it

Can the other instrumentalists tune their guitar and bass (assuming this is the instrumentation of the group) to Eb standard tuning, and bring every song down a bit? A half-step down isn't a...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By brentcn
Re: Tribute bands are the new symphonic orchestra

Sorry, I had no idea the dress was that different! Still though, there's a uniform and code of conduct.

Con, all due respect, but I don't follow you. The purpose is to recreate music faithfully,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By brentcn
Re: Tribute bands are the new symphonic orchestra

You're very correct, and wise to note the similarity!

That symphonic music is read from notation, and tribute bands use recordings, is more a matter of available technology. If audio and video...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-07-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,286
Posted By brentcn
Re: I'm overwhelmed

Great advice. When you're by yourself, you can stop, drag, rush, repeat, add or subtract notes, whenever you feel like it. In a band, however, you'll play continuously and maintain the song's...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-06-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,286
Posted By brentcn
Re: I'm overwhelmed

The hard truth is that practicing by yourself from books and videos -- no matter how much you do it, or how complicated the material -- will not, by itself, make you become a good drummer. The books...
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