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Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 02:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 663
Posted By TTNW
Re: New contest: help us name our band!

Cherry Pie

Done

WTF? I can't believe you guys can't see the obvious.
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,088
Posted By TTNW
Re: Just starting at 53 and will need all the help I can get!

Welcome to DW.

Good decision. In my experience the drumming community is one of the best. Friendly and helpful.

Definitely take a few lessons to get you off to a good start and don't wait too...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By TTNW
Re: Kinda' ok with slowing down

Sometimes I think I'm slowing down (I'll be 52 in May) but I sort of agree with NWJ. How inspired and motivated I am waxes and wanes but wanting to play with others never goes away.

I think you...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 386
Posted By TTNW
Re: Are you familiar with Jammin Sam's drum wraps?

All of this info is spot on. I used Jammin' Sam when I wanted to make a matching 18" floor tom for my PDP kit and that size is not available. Easy instructions, good prices, quality wraps.

Read...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-15-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By TTNW
Re: How much beat division is a "hair" ?

You Tube some Steve Jordan for great "behind the beat" playing.

Check out, also, some Stewart Copeland from the Police for great "on top of the beat" playing.

Everywhere from those two places...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 871
Posted By TTNW
Re: German grip, which German?

Besides orchestral and symphonic percussion there is the military influence.

This photo shows the different grips.

http://www.snarescience.com/style/right-grips.jpg

Tympani and snare playing...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-15-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By TTNW
Re: How much beat division is a "hair" ?

Well you have the right idea. Depending upon tempo, a 1/10th could be a lot so.. .. consider a hair behind the beat just to be that little bit you stay behind and don't rush it.

It's the same...
Forum: Drums 03-14-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 713
Posted By TTNW
Re: Video Demo: Mapex Versatus Snare

This thread proves to me that I need to up my game in regard to drum sounds. I wish I had more of the discerning ear of guys like Andy and others that know exactly what they prefer.

I thought the...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By TTNW
Re: Dumb question about push/pull

Maybe to do a fast floor tom ride and kick pattern and then bonk around with your left hand for accents elsewhere on the kit.

Like on "Redhouse" at the intro you can work the floor tom slowly but...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By TTNW
Re: How to improve rhythm and timing of each note? (Issues with bass drum strokes being slightly off

All great suggestions here.. .. as usual.

I would add that you may want to check the tension of your BD batter side head and see if the tension is less than it used to be.

I struggle with...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By TTNW
Re: Dumb question about push/pull

To be able to play faster strokes with a different and some would argue more efficient technique. Along with that, depending upon the speed at which you want to play certain notes, it would...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By TTNW
Re: Dumb question about push/pull

Probably not except that I think this technique would help with honing that feel in grooves that have opposing rhythms. You know triplety hi-hat or ride patterns with 2 and 4 kick and snare.
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By TTNW
Re: How to make hi-hats swing sideways?

Easy!

Loosen your top hat clutch so that the cymbal can move the most that it can along the post in the clutch. Set the cymbals just far enough apart that they don't touch at all in the rest...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 750
Posted By TTNW
Re: What Metaphors Do You Use in Your Playing?

Percolating - I like to call that groove I lay down on one of the faster country songs we sometimes play that I'm "percolating". Bubbling along with that Lay Down Sally kind of groove.

Boom...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,450
Posted By TTNW
Re: The power of smiling

I totally agree.

Often people tell me that it looks like I'm the only one "having any fun up there".

Everyone else in my band is so stone faced when we play. I just sit back there and smile.
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Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 930
Posted By TTNW
Re: Hi-Hats: Tight or loose????

I like the top a little loose but not sloppy.

I keep the bottom tilted up so that at rest the edges closest to me are just just touching.

This is my "left foot off the pedal" go-to rock slosh...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 561
Posted By TTNW
Re: Advice please?

Yes yes yes. It is the reason I make sure I play with someone, somewhere every Friday night.

5String's advice is the most important lesson from all of this.
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 561
Posted By TTNW
Re: Advice please?

Great questions!

Try to know what you will be expected to play. Practice those songs before you go. Don't misrepresent but also don't be self-deprecating. Just be honest.

Definitely...
Forum: Drums 02-26-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By TTNW
Re: Using tuning to muffle 18" bass?

Leave the foam rings off and you might like the open tone more than with either of the two sizes of foam rings for the EMAD.

That's what I do. :-)
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By TTNW
Re: Fantastic Peter Erskine video

I think he wasn't even a teenager when he played with Stan Kenton at summer camp and then 18 when he joined his band.

Wonderful guy. Great drummer.

"Learn to listen" and then have a...
Forum: Drums 02-26-2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By TTNW
Re: Using tuning to muffle 18" bass?

Experiment with detuning one lug on the batter side much the same way some have detuned one snare lug to get that dead thonk that some like.

Otherwise, why rule out a little muffling to control...
Forum: Drums 02-26-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 885
Posted By TTNW
Re: Pork Pie Snares?

It's possible but not likely.

I responded a little hastily and didn't look closely enough.

I have been a commercial photographer my whole adult life so I apologize in advance for a lame...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By TTNW
Re: Has anyone read the book "The Wrecking Crew"?

I read the book and enjoyed it.

Unbelievable amount of music created by those guys. Hal Blaine had more work than he could shake a stick at and helped a lot of guys get their start.

Knowing...
Forum: Drums 02-26-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 577
Posted By TTNW
Re: I thought this was strange....

I concur that is probably a head-seating issue.



This is sort of the case with me when I play a different kit or get new heads. I get used to a drum sound that I think is good and ANY change to...
Forum: Drums 02-26-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 885
Posted By TTNW
Re: Pork Pie Snares?

No worries Bob. Now that I've re-read this whole thread, I think you're correct.

I am somewhat notorious for having lower standards ;-)
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