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Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
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Re: Scott K Fish: Interviewing Advice from Buddy Rich

I haven't read his bio yet but it's at the top of my list when I get a chance. Been looking forward to that!
The old Bruford band might have been the geekiest collection of musicians ever, but they...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Re: Scott K Fish: Interviewing Advice from Buddy Rich

The impression of Bruford that I got, spending a little time with him, is that he is a generally nice but sometimes prickly guy. He is also an extremely intelligent and sophisticated man who is...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,580
Re: The "I wish I hadn't opened my big mouth" thread ;)

One of the first times I ever had the confidence to request a sit-in with a band at a club.

And they chose "Take 5" and asked that I take a solo.
I could do it now, but I was unfamiliar with the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Re: Scott K Fish: Interviewing Advice from Buddy Rich

Cool blog, I've had a few interview moments of my own:
Sitting in a hotel room with Bill Bruford in DC 1998 and at the end he asks for directions to National Cathedral. I don't know, since I am...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 670
Re: Is the music industry dead or dying?

It's all habits and expectations. People would buy music if they had to, or gave a crap about musicians.

If you can answer the question of why people will hand over $5 every day for a cup of to a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 356
Inspiration from odd places (stay drunk on drumming)

Has your drumming ever been inspired by something non-musical, or not related to music?
I've been reading "Zen in the Art of Writing" by Ray Bradbury. It's a fantastic book about forgetting about...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,269
Re: Can music ever be financially rewarding again?

I actually don't think it's more difficult now than it ever was. In fact social media and free global distribution have given musicians HUGE advantages over the old days for exposure.

It's not...
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,820
Re: Rock Gigs Not Very Rock Anymore?

I find that in big cities, people are too cool to dance, especially in the hipster age. People that are into live music in DC are into indie hipster rock stuff, if anything. I was once told my band...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 755
Re: Did Bill Bruford stop practicing for a while

As someone said, Bruford was doing a lot more improvising with KC. He could not go back and fix parts. So you are naturally going to hear more looseness.

He said once that some KC albums were...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,706
Re: "Nobody cares about the drummer, except for the Rush guy."

And then...just to blow my theory.

There is a drum solo at the Superbowl half time show!
I thought of this thread when I saw that.
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,706
Re: "Nobody cares about the drummer, except for the Rush guy."

I have always been aware that drummers are in the background. And I am not that worried about being noticed.
It is what it is. I have played a lot of cover gigs lately, and it's great to see people...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,706
Re: "Nobody cares about the drummer, except for the Rush guy."

It's true that people will really notice a bad drummer.

I have noticed there is much more emphasis on how a drummer looks and acts then how he/she plays.
A lot of people tell me "I can't tell a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,332
Re: I've joined a band that I can't keep up with

Maybe try with some smaller sticks? I've noticed small changes in stick size can make a big difference.

Can we hear this stuff?
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,706
"Nobody cares about the drummer, except for the Rush guy."

A non-musician said that to me recently. This might be borne out in observing that most non-musicians talk more about Peart's drumset than his drumming.

Not trying to be negative, but I think its...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,864
Re: Michael Beinhorn fires drummers.

Thanks. That's enlightening coming from an experienced professional. I am glad to see that the rules are not so rigid. Ironically- at semi-pro studios, click seems to be religion. It can really...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,864
Re: Michael Beinhorn fires drummers.

I can certainly understand you had the band's best interest in mind when making your decision.
I am pretty sure that Keith Moon would have rejected the idea of a click track. Out of curiosity, how...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,864
Re: Michael Beinhorn fires drummers.

Producers are really an outgrowth of the record labels, not musicians.

I had a friend who was in a band that signed to a few major labels, back in late 90s when nu-metal was kicking.
They had a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,864
Re: Michael Beinhorn fires drummers.

This is the guy who famously booted Hole drummer Patty Schemel from the band when they hit it big. (She ended up becoming a homeless crackhead, but that's not his fault). See the movie "Hit so Hard."...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,033
Re: Game-changers?

When I was 16 my brothers bought me two albums that changed everything.

Police, Zenyatta Mondatta: I was never even interested in the drums until I heard Stewart Copeland. Specifically the splash...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2013, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Re: Anyone else play The Drum Also Waltzes?

Thanks a lot!
A great way to get started is what I learned from Peart in an instructional book:
start the pattern with your feet, then just start with a single stroke roll.
Pretty soon, once you...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2013, 11:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Re: Anyone else play The Drum Also Waltzes?

Here's my take on it!
It was inspired by the Peart version.
I love this pattern so much. Once you get it down, the possibilities are pretty awesome.


...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,198
Re: Has tradition been holding drummers back for 100+ years?

As far as grip- efficiency isn't everything.

When I switch to trad grip I play much differently. More bounce and lightness with the stick. Some of it is probably mental as I am in that jazz frame...
Forum: General Discussion 10-07-2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,138
Re: Kit sharing

Isn't it funny how we agonize over drum brand, wood type, covered or not covered, head choice, nylon tip or wood,- all the minute details that make our sound our very own.

...and then end up...
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Re: Classic tunes speeding up

Have you ever heard a non-musician say "that's my favorite song. Just listen to how perfect the tempo is!"

Perfect tempo was the creation of producers and their beloved click tracks.
I've had an...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 526
Electronic pads are so loud...

I recently moved into a house, one major reason being I didn't think I could get away with playing my electronic kit in an apartment. The Yamaha rubber pads are damn loud! Standing outside, the bass...
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