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Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 380,628
Posted By vxla
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Anyone have a yamaha cascara wedge they don't need? Need one ASAP if possible, and they're not avail anymore.

pm me if you can help!
Forum: Drum Technique 06-17-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By vxla
Re: Fulcrums and gaps and buzzes, oh my...

I see no reason to change my fulcrum from pianissimo to fortissimo, but I came up through orchestral playing where everything is methodically practiced ad nauseum.



That may work for you, but...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-17-2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 785
Posted By vxla
Re: My Practice Routine--AKA I have no life......

25 hours a week isn't too bad; I'd say that's a good number to keep up chops, but it depends on what level you're striving for. I've been putting in ~ 30 hours a week with one day off every 2 weeks...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,097
Posted By vxla
Re: Cajon fatigue?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF5Z-ZjIWzI

No fatigue when playing them between the legs.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-13-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,837
Posted By vxla
Re: Tommy Igoe's Great Hands For a Lifetime DVD

Kinda depends on the teacher and their level. I've been with all types of teachers (as a student) and taught various ways; sometimes, depending on the student, having them directly copy what I do...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 989
Posted By vxla
Re: Session work gear must haves?

No amount of gear beats chops.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-10-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 717
Posted By vxla
Re: Counting/feeling uptempo jazz

Probably just work on your up-tempo ride. The tunes you listed in the first post aren't really that fast, but then again, I count them in cut time.

Remember, your bass player wants to hear the hi...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-10-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 717
Posted By vxla
Re: Counting/feeling uptempo jazz

Fast brush work isn't so bad, try Philly Jo Jones' "Tense" stroke. Here's Mel Brown showing it off:

Mel Brown - Philly Jo Jones' "Tense" Stroke...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-10-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By vxla
Re: Tommy Igoe: Groove Essentials

Great book, and the play along is quite helpful. Work through it all nice and slow and get everything down....it's gold.
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,904
Posted By vxla
Re: Do you feel sorry for today's kids?

As far as musical abilities go: there are some amazing musicians out there now, and percussion is taken as a serious track in educational institutions. Great to see the younger generation working in...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,324
Posted By vxla
Re: Can music ever be financially rewarding again?

If you get into music thinking it will be financially rewarding, it's your own fault for being disappointed. The writing has been on the wall for decades; do it because you love it, and make money...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 991
Posted By vxla
Re: The best reasons to become a drummer?

Best reason: because you're two steps above a guitarist.
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By vxla
Re: Protection Racket cases 20th Anniversary

Too bad I can never get a straight answer on whether or not some of their more obscure cases are still made. Take, for instance, the timbale case....it's elusive...no one knows if it's still around....
Forum: Drum Technique 06-08-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,075
Posted By vxla
Re: Making Drums Quieter

play with brushes. problem solved.
Forum: General Discussion 06-08-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,097
Posted By vxla
Re: Cajon fatigue?

We frequently use cajons in place of congas in a rumba. Changes up the sound and they're fun to play. Not really up on modern cajons that are meant to sound like something other than a cajon.
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,015
Posted By vxla
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

Ledger lines (2 on each side) would offer 9 positions with 8 spaces = 17 notes. Then figure a minimum of 4 unique note heads = 68. Then subtract bass, snare, bass drum, hi-hat, ride, crash, cowbell,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,020
Posted By vxla
Re: Can memory locks be sexy?

Looks good. I also like these:

http://www.dwdrums.com/images/hardware/9000/tubejointmemlock.gif
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 690
Posted By vxla
Re: Intermediate Marimba Music

Look for the two volume set "Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba" commissioned by the Zeltsman Music Foundation and released around 2011.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 775
Posted By vxla
Re: Jazz: Forms & Listening the soloist

There's a couple good play-along apps that will help you learn form (the Peter Erskine apps come to mind). When you're practicing, sing the heads of the tune while just keeping time and while trading...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,015
Posted By vxla
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

You don't sight read that crap, which is precisely why it's useless.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-28-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By vxla
Re: Playing Clave Patterns Over Back Beats

There's 6/8 rumba and son clave, both, so I second the message just previous to mine ^
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 875
Posted By vxla
Re: What I've been doing at Berklee ...

Good stuff, although I've found that switching to fixed do after college proved more useful in the long run.
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,015
Posted By vxla
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

The best thing we can do, as drummers, is learn how to read music and make fun of guitarists that cannot do so, themselves.
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,121
Posted By vxla
Re: Anyone know how much touring rock bands get paid?

I've spoken to a top-tier drummer who was behind one of the largest pop artists in the world. He was getting about $150/day plus a $40 per diem as their back line drummer and had to quit to make a...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-21-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,001
Posted By vxla
Re: Playing the bass drum slightly ahead of the beat?

Sounds like this is something ample time in a practice room with a metronome can fix.
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