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Forum: Drummers 07-05-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 761
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Posted By supermac
Re: Todd Sucherman here!

Hi Todd,

I've been working on my own version (for what it's worth!) of your Thank You Mr Smith.

However, I have to go flat out on my bass drum pedals to get the required speed, making it sound...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By supermac
Anyone else play The Drum Also Waltzes?

I first came across Neil Peart's version, then dug around and found it had been done by people like Steve Smith, Bill Brufford, and originally of course by Max Roach.

I've just started practising...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 31,200
Posted By supermac
Re: Drummers who have influenced you

When I started as a kid:

(Mainly mid-70s UK glam rock beats, usually tom-based shuffle grooves)
The Glitter Band
Slade
Showaddywaddy
Sweet
Suzi Quatro!
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,363
Posted By supermac
Re: "Rosana shuffle" how long did it take?

For me, it's a work in progress.

Once I worked the mechanics out, I tried to get the best possible 'feel'.

Every time I practice, I'll try the Rosana shuffle, along with the Bonham 'Fool In The...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,811
Posted By supermac
Re: complicated blues songs.

Some of Jeff Beck's albums over the years have blues-based material that is more technically challenging.

Albums like There And Back and Blow By Blow have songs in odd times.

Also listen to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,493
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your favorite fill based on a rudiment?

A nice Bonham/Gadd-type sextuplet fill based on a ratamacue is:

KRLRLL KRLRLL KRLRLL KRLRLL

That's the bass drum, followed by three notes on the toms, and two lefts on the snare.

There are...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By supermac
Anybody use a drum tuner?

Does anybody use one of these drum-tuning gadgets that are appearing on the market?

I've played for many years and always (hopefully) managed to get a good sound out of my kits.

However, this...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2012, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By supermac
Re: Purdie Shuffle

On the 2005 MD Festival DVD, the drummer Zoro presents a whole section on the half-time shuffle.

He looks at Purdie, John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro - and other variations.
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By supermac
Re: Daniel Glass The Century Project

Yes, Daniel Glass had a slot on a recent Modern Drummer festival DVD, performing a clinic about the evolution of the shuffle.

I enjoyed it, but it was very reminiscent of Steve Smith's concept...
Forum: General Discussion 11-15-2012, 12:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,724
Posted By supermac
Top 10 drummers you've seen in the flesh?

I was thinking of some of the great players I'd seen live (and one or two I'd wish I'd seen)

In no particular order:

Neil Peart
Dennis Chambers
Billy Cobham
Jojo Mayer
Aaron Spears
Vinnie...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-12-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,420
Posted By supermac
Re: Must own dvds for someone who has played for a long time but relatively new to drum set?

I've got a shelf full of drum DVDs.

Some are better than others.

I've found Methods and Mechanics I and II by Todd Sucherman really useful for practical advice.

His section on applying...
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,829
Posted By supermac
Re: Hardest Led Zep song on drums and why

Some of Bonham's drumming sounds quite easy - until you try to play it!

Some of his most challenging songs (for me) are Good Times Bad Times (I need a double pedal), The Crunge and Fool In The...
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,256
Posted By supermac
Re: Wedding/Function Band Do's and Don't's

1. Yes, get paid in advance - as somebody mentioned earlier.

We got stung a couple a weeks ago when the groom 'ran out of money.'

We got paid a week later, but certainly not an ideal situation...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,031
Posted By supermac
Re: Do you use a cowbell?

Yes, I've been thinking about getting one of these for the same purpose...

And yes, it looks hard
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,242
Posted By supermac
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,091
Posted By supermac
Re: John Bonham R.I.P.

My first drum hero.

As the years go by, it becomes increasingly clear how he was many years ahead of his time.

I saw an interview with his son Jason recently who revealed Bonham Snr was 16 when...
Forum: Drummers 09-25-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6,295
Views: 1,538,840
Posted By supermac
Re: Gavin Harrison here!

Hi Gavin,

As a 'master of beat manipulation', I'd be keen on some advice from you on five-note groupings.

The latest Rythmn magazine has a nice linear fill exercise where a group of 32 16th...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By supermac
Re: Bill Bruford The Autobiography

I recommend the Stewart Copeland book.

Very enjoyable and laugh-out-loud in many places.

He is an excellent writer (as well as being - as we all know - a fantastic drummer).
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,102
Posted By supermac
15 for tickets to Aaron Spears UK clinic

I wondered if fellow UK drummers felt 15 was a bit steep for a clinic, (despite the obvious logisital and cost implications of getting Aaron over from America).

Having a day job, I've got no...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,312
Posted By supermac
Re: Jazz Double Bass???

Steve Smith - an awesome jazz drummer, and just an awesome drummer all-round - uses a double pedal on some of his jazz work.

Check out his two DVDs from the 2000s...
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,066
Posted By supermac
Re: Drumming fashion what happened to pshp pshp pshp?

Yeah, I still use high-hat barks a lot.

The hats are maybe my favourite voice on the kit - and provide so much colour and light and shade possibilities

Not a big fan of just chipping away at...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-28-2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,850
Posted By supermac
Re: One handed 16ths on the hat/ride

Learning Rush's Tom Sawyer as a teenager was good practice for me and stood me in good stead.

It made me do the Moeller technique, even before I knew it was called that!

Nowadays, the toughest...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,145
Posted By supermac
Who first used their crash cymbal to ride on?

In these days of multiple 'ride surfaces', anything goes.

Back in the 60s, it seems to have been either hi-hat or ride cymbal or sometimes floor tom.

From what I've heard, maybe it was Bonham...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,821
Posted By supermac
Drum sound on the new Rush album...

As a long time Neil/Rush fan, am I alone in finding the drum sound on the latest Rush album slightly disappointing?

To me, as well as the drums being down in the mix, some of the tom fills sound...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,974
Posted By supermac
Re: Help with insane time signature?

Check out Mother And Child Divided by Porcupine Tree with Gavin Harrison on drums.

That's another song which sounds like it's in a crazy time signature, but it's actually 4/4.
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