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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 11:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 594
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Talking to the doctors now....

Yep, this. Hardware is always the heaviest part of my kit, so I have it split across two hardware cases.
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 756
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Should I Do It?

Yep, do the gig. Only decision is E-kit vs A-kit.

If you are short of time/motivation then the E-kit is fine. I have done small gigs with a TD-9. Just make sure you have some local monitor so...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Pete Cater on Big Band drumming

Yes, thanks for that Jeremy. Lots of good info here!
Forum: Drum Technique 06-07-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 16,472
Posted By Bonzo_CR

That is a nice shorthand. I usually write '8b, 16b etc' for number of bars but I like your picket fence idea better!
Forum: Drum Technique 06-05-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 878
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Gospel Linear Fill w/ Lindsay Artkop

I for one like this type of stuff.

It's always fun to learn a new phrase or two, and it takes some nerve to put yourself out there.

Nice going Lindsay.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-02-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Any method for fast memorizing long and complex phrases

If it's too long to remember in one go, try breaking it down into smaller pieces and learning each one, then string them together afterwards.

Maybe obvious, but it works.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-29-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,125
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Why bother with books?

Books can really score in giving you a 'roadmap' to learning a new skill.

I had the idea that I wanted to learn more about Jazz but had no idea how to go about it. There's lots of great video...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-23-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Keith Hall Jazz Drums Books

I have not heard of the books, but their (Tri-Fi) music sounds great! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Drums 05-21-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Gretsch New Classic review

Nice review!

I have the New Classic 14x6.5 snare and tune it pretty high - it has a huge sound, broad yet punchy. I really like it, although it can be a bit overpowering (the band says this is...
Forum: Drums 05-19-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 933
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: My final jazz drum set. Is it good? Anything i can improve on?

This is great advice. Focus on cymbals first and you'll be happier with the overall sound. Buy used if possible and make your money go further.

Oh, and Just in case: Bo is joking. don't buy Pitch...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: easiest quick and dirty multi track recording?

For another quick and dirty (and very portable) multitrack recorder I like the Boss Micro BR. Barely bigger than an iPod.
Mine is the 4-track (last version) but the current version is an 8-track....
Forum: Drums 05-13-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Review

Glad you like the Breakbeats! With a bit of attention it can sound great and play great.

I wanted the Breakbeats kit as a super small/light kit for easy gigging, so I also bought some...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Which wood type to go with


There are indeed many factors, but in terms of wood, Maple and Birch are the two 'mainstream' quality woods. They sound different but both sound great. I personally prefer Maple, but...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Rock and roll....over?

The beauty of 'dead' music is that it comes back again in new forms.
The other day my 12-year old was telling me about a song he liked. I played him the Stevie Wonder song ('I Wish') that it...
Forum: Drums 05-08-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Review

Agree. It's never going to sound like a $2000 kit, but I'm really pleased with it.

I have gigged mine (initially just to find out how it held up) and it surprised a lot of people (including me)...
Forum: Drums 05-07-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Review

Yes of course. No problem.
Forum: Drums 05-07-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Review

Nice review!

Btw I got the riser working well by doing the following:

1. I fitted a narrow strip of rubber (actually some parts of a rubber Gibraltar BD hoop protector which I cut to fit) in...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: please help me to find excercises

Hi there,

For rudiments, there is actually a lot of useful stuff right here on Drummerworld. Try looking here:

Also on YouTube there are lots...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,601
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Playing at Ronnie Scott's tomorrow

Great stuff, great venue! I played at Ronnie's a few times in the mid-90's (and I also grew up in the West Midlands, haha!).

Enjoy it!
Forum: Drum Technique 04-28-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,538
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Open-handed with traditional grip

I agree with that. Better to stick with matched for open handed playing IMO.
In the meantime maybe try tilting the hat more using the tilter, or hitting across the cymbal a little to find the...
Forum: Drums 04-22-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 612
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Mid-range drums stock heads comparision and other features

That's nice of course, but be aware that die-cast hoops are not necessarily better. They will cause the drum to have a different sound (usually drier, possibly a little more focused). Nice, but not...
Forum: General Discussion 04-20-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,167
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Can you read sheet music?

Yes! Reading is not that hard to learn, it's pretty logical, and it allows you to keep a record of something you want to play. In the early stages of writing any song with the band I can write down...
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,228
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: My Kit Build Begins!

Wow, I wish my first kit had been as good as yours! Nice choices all round.

I'll bet 50p that you'll come home with another crash cymbal, lol

Seriously though, there are few greater...
Forum: General Discussion 04-13-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,203
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: How do you cue your live tempos at the gig?

My method is a bit like this, but I use a small cheap metronome with a dial for tempos every 4-6 BPM so it's easy to set quickly at any tempo. It also has a flashing light on it so I have a quick...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 714
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Simple 3 mic recording - opinions please

That may well be enough - it always surprises me what a difference a hard beater makes.

Mic'ing from the batter side helps a lot with attack too, but I have always found that can allow a bit too...
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