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Forum: Drums 06-13-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 76
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Adding Small Toms Question

I find smaller toms not as useful. They tend to be fairly one dimensional and don't fit well with other toms.

I've seen small toms work well in a jazz setting when tuned low with thin ambassador...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 508
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How often do you tune?

I used to tune mine often. However, I started tuning what might be considered very low(like a quarter of a half turn past, finger tight as a reference). Counter intuitively, I don't need to tune...
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 2,759
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is American Made Truly Better and Worthy of Premium Pricing?

I feel the same about American cars, pretty much not buying one in the foreseeable future, though my Korean and Japanese cars will probably out live me. I don't necessarily think its a quality...
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2019, 02:32 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 2,759
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is American Made Truly Better and Worthy of Premium Pricing?

I have a Native American frame drum, and it is fabulous.

Except for a hand crafted ceramic djembe, and tongue drum, and some things I've made myself, I can't really claimed to have owned or played...
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: definition of a drum lick

In the context of Jazz with horns that use their tongues to articulate phrases, the term lick actually makes sense. They play a phrase so easily and naturally its a reflex almost like licking.

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Forum: Drums 05-17-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 919
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Shell material effect on sound

I don't understand why people usually only think to use hardwoods. Softwoods make excellent tone wood, in fact in terms of "Bass Transmission" they are probably much better, lighter and less...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,902
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Isn't poplar a sub-par tone wood? If so, why does Gretsch use it?

Probably has more to do with durability than anything. Not louder in a pound for pound bake off, but if you hit hard enough they probably won't break.

I would prefer guitar top tone woods for my...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Post-Heart Attack Defibrillator & Drumming

Here is a picture of my frame drum, the suspension grip is key. The whole drum vibrates on the grip and you can feel it through your arm and chest.

Another good one to get the heart going are...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2019, 02:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Post-Heart Attack Defibrillator & Drumming

I've been doing lots of drum dancing with a Native American frame drum. It has a noticeable trance like effect on the heart. I think the motion of holding and playing the drum resembles the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-09-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Post-Heart Attack Defibrillator & Drumming

Once I forgot that I had a Dr's when I left my house for my daily bike commute. I ended up going to the appointment in my bike outfit. The Dr. asked if my heart beat was always this low... "Yep".
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Forum: Drums 05-08-2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 261
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: piccolo snare (pros and cons)

Yeah, I think most reggae is one island hop removed from Brazill. More like samba in a boat than rock on the water. Think Caixa, Light aluminum shells snare drums with high pitched expressive...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-05-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,017
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Sacrificing concepts during practice.

IMO its better to pick a trick and stick with it, and add tricks as necessary, rather than appeal to some arbitrary theory of general techniques.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-20-2019, 01:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How many drum parts or techniques are there?

I read that the GuZheng, a Chinese Zither has the largest number of documented techniques required for proficiency.

I think the list of techniques for drums is potentially endless, but mastery...
Forum: General Discussion 04-19-2019, 03:39 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,177
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drumming for a living

I think there is a pretty big disconnect somewhere. I think most places don't have any live music at all. Its pretty sad, when the only time you get to see some live music is when you go on a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-19-2019, 02:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Schillinger's 'Theory Of Rhythm'?

I think Schillinger's rhythm carried most of his compositions. His melodies and harmonies were pretty suspect, and the best musicians/singers had difficulties signing them in tune or otherwise.
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Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: It's official! I'm a Metal Head!

Don't worry they haven't sacrificially executed by ripping the heart out and subsequently barbequed a musician for missing a note since the Aztecs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgdVmJlC_Tc
Forum: Drum Technique 03-22-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,161
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: LOUD brushes. How?

I got over the wire on cymbal issue last night. You can get a bomba or guiro type sound on a Zildjian A with the ridges. How enthusiastic can you get with that, and not damage the cymbal? I know...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-21-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,161
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: LOUD brushes. How?

Yeah, the wire is useless. I don't like the idea of wire on cymbals. I wrapped mine with cloth so that I can do mallet rolls.
Forum: Drum Technique 03-21-2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,161
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: LOUD brushes. How?

I think you can achieve many of the same sorts of effects as hand drummers can with brushes. Djembes can be very loud. I read the term "duck foot slap" somewhere. I think it also depends on what...
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2019, 01:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 790
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Top 5 songs to get people to dance

I love that intro from Grazin in the Grass:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKcGCObEb28
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,062
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Why do we need/use ties?

A lot of it is a matter of interpretation. In Jazz a tied note is interpreted as a fill, in the same manner as a violin. Though its confusing because keeping basic time on the ride is considered a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-09-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 866
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Paralysis by Analysis

Yeah, I've experienced that vein of thinking before. I think the underlying cause is I don't really want to buy something new. (:gasp:)
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 258
Posted By SmoothOperator
Hopi Social Dance Rhythmic Organization

Does anyone have an idea what the rhythmic organization is here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RstKs_Ojzk0

I just got a CD of Hopi social dances, and they are pretty much all like that with...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2019, 11:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,171
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Joan Jet - I love rock and roll

Rock music are mostly sing-a-longs. Car-seat operas.
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,171
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Joan Jet - I love rock and roll

I listened to it, I'm not sure those are really metric changes, as much as breaks. I'd look for hand signals, rather than trying to churn through it.
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