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Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,365
Posted By julius
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

In case it is not clear I am making the point that to the uninitiated, waving a baton has as little to do with making music as fiddling with a laptop does.

In other words, they both have...
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,365
Posted By julius
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Before you watch these clips, read through the post and decide which entry(s) is least likely to require skill and/or musicianship. Then watch the clips.

This is a drummer. You've probably heard...
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,365
Posted By julius
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,365
Posted By julius
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

http://luxuryactivist.com/wp-content/uploads/Berliner-Philharmoniker-Herbert-von-Karajan.jpg

Come see my baton LIVE!

I mean, really, are conductors even musicians? Why not just tell the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,365
Posted By julius
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Your viewpoint depends on what you value in a musician and his or her music.

If you value the ability to play a traditional instrument live, then Deadmau5 will seem dumb.

If you value the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By julius
Re: Did I just figure something out?

His drumming idols were titans of jazz, so it makes sense that he would improvise his part in some respects.
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,612
Posted By julius
Re: Spousal Static - A mini Rant

Most of the 'communication' advice given in this thread is explicitly written about in a book titled "Difficult Conversations".

Everyone needs to read this book. Warning: once you (meaning...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 767
Posted By julius
Re: How our perspective changes

Fine, I'll take the contrary position.

I disagree. I don't think you need to hit hard and aggressively on unmuted drums to develop technique or power. Yes, of course it helps to play exactly as...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 603
Posted By julius
Re: Is it still 4 way coordination if I....

Independence literally means "unaffected by other things" in this context. If a limb can keep playing its pattern no matter what the others are doing, that limb is independent. 4 way independence...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 603
Posted By julius
Re: Is it still 4 way coordination if I....

I think of it this way:

If you're doing 4 separate patterns with each limb, that's independence. At the extreme end of independence is when each limb is playing a different meter -- polyrhythm,
...
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,583
Posted By julius
Re: Musicians Say streaming Music will Leave them Broke.

The music industry has suffered the same fate as every other industry affected by the Internet: a hollowing out. In other words, fewer people at the top make money, but those that do make more. The...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,813
Posted By julius
Re: Name that rhythm

I'll start with the obvious one:

Bo Diddley beat (any Bo Diddley song, like Who Do You Love)
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By julius
Re: Anyone ever try to poach your seat?

I seem to recall anecdotes about Swing Era bandleaders firing the whole band and then rehiring everyone but one or two guys. Seems like a passive-aggressive way of firing someone without actually...
Forum: Drums 07-17-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Posted By julius
Re: I got some Fiberskyn heads for free.. the heck do I use them for?

I use them on both sides of a bass drum to get closer to the sound of a vintage bass drum with calfskin. The drum definitely loses some crispness on the attack but that's what I am going for....
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,461
Posted By julius
Re: What would happen if...

I disagree; the years of grade school and high school spent learning math and science and how to think are all preludes to learning a specific subject in depth. No one can enter a four year...
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,550
Posted By julius
Re: Another Band Drama Thread

While getting an outside opinion is great, I don't think it will help to say "Well, this guy thinks I'm playing just fine". In fact I think it will just lead to more arguments about whether that guy...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 644
Posted By julius
Re: Good Bassist.

Making music is a conversation and sometimes you click with someone really well and sometimes you don't. Glad it's clicking for you!
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,601
Posted By julius
Re: 10.000 hours of practice is not the magic number

I suspect people who improve rapidly don't find practice tedious. Practice, in fact, makes them feel that they have improved, but not ... quite ... enough. It's like eating Doritos. You always...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By julius
Re: Drumming Addiction and Withdrawals

Beautiful story, thanks for sharing. After leaving the Navy was there no way to shoehorn playing music back into your life? That's a real bummer.
Forum: Drums 07-04-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,789
Posted By julius
Re: Do we really need expensive drums?

I agree that the musician makes the instrument sound good.

But I think the better instruments allow good musicians to express themselves more fully. They'll have a better dynamic range, will feel...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By julius
DW factory day

Anyone going to DW's factory day (http://www.guitarcenter.com/DW-Factory-Day-g26836t0.gc?rel=email&source=4TP4G1BE) this year? I've never been, always been curious about whether it's worth the drive...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,541
Posted By julius
Re: Making Ends Meet Between Tours?

http://time.com/31882/louis-c-k-bradley-cooper-famous/

I have nothing useful to add; I'm a hobbyist with a day job myself.

Just thought I'd buck the trend. :)
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,392
Posted By julius
Re: Tuning "experts" mini rant

expertvillage and ehow and the like are content farms. They aren't meant to help you do anything useful. They pay people a pittance to generate any random crap so long as the crap uses often...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,252
Posted By julius
Re: Here's an idea

There's actually a few articles analyzing why games like Farmville etc. make so much money. (I've never played any of them, and my memory is suspect, so a lot of this may not be accurate.)
...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,252
Posted By julius
Re: Here's an idea

I think everyone's reason for committing to something is different. So if you want a particular person to commit to drumming, you have to interview them about what else they are interested in, and...
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