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Forum: Drums 01-14-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By MikeM
Re: New Bass Drum Hoops for Old Tama Superstars

I also have a 24" cherry wine Superstar and my batter - side hoop is delaminated. I've been thinking about blonde maple rather than trying to get a match. It's not exactly a Tama look but it is a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,892
Posted By MikeM
Re: Possibly one of the best videos I've ever seen...

Geez, I'm kinda surprised to see this much love here for these guys. I've beena fan of this collective of drummers for as long as I've been aware of them, which only goes back as far as Pridgen's...
Forum: General Discussion 01-11-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 900
Posted By MikeM
Re: Why do people treat their drums so badly?

I used cases for the first 2 or 3 kits I bought new and it was good because the drums were in mint condition when I sold them off after a few years. But man, that was a lot of extra work. I saw other...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2013, 11:56 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,100
Posted By MikeM
Re: is anyone ever satisfied with their playing?

Ever satisfied? Ha, I'm almost ALWAYS satisfied!

In all seriousness, there seems to be this persistent emphasis and obsession with the things we can't do; the more you know the more you don't...
Forum: Drums 12-21-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By MikeM
Re: Ludwig Supraphonic Tuning issues

Agreed. Most of use have had this issue at some point, I'm sure.

As mentioned already, completely loosen the head(s) and start over. One trick I recently learned is simply using two drum keys...
Forum: General Discussion 12-20-2013, 05:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,565
Posted By MikeM
Re: I can only play original music?

I learn covers all the time just for fun and out of impulse but I've never played in a cover band. I find that deconstructing other drummers' parts is not only a helluva lotta fun, but massively...
Forum: Drums 12-14-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,827
Posted By MikeM
Re: An already great day gets better -- free drums for me!

Hey Al, just a bit of Donn Bennett trivia for you (in case you didn't already know) - Donn sold the drum shop to a younger guy named Rudy. He's a younger, very enthusiastic, and all around great guy,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,492
Posted By MikeM
Re: Why Do Bands Have Two Drummers?

If you can't see it or think it's pointless, that's fine, but I don't need any reason beyond, "because it can be fun." If it does nothing to tickle your funny bone, that's cool too. No judgement...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,740
Posted By MikeM
Re: I was wrong.


Forum: Drum Technique 12-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By MikeM
Re: Question for Experienced Drummers

Basically, if you can play along to the music you're listening to without too much trouble, seek out music that's more challenging to figure out and play. Throw yourself into it and fake it best you...
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By MikeM
Re: Ever crash and burn on a song you suggested?

I have a mild case of ADHD and sometimes another rhythm will suddenly occur to me. I don't know if it's the condition making me powerless to stop it, or because part of me doesn't want to stop it, so...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-21-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,692
Posted By MikeM
Re: Mastering the single stroke roll

One of my favorite tricks (if you will) is groupings of 5. If I want something faster than 16th notes when 32nds would either sound too busy or beyond my reach, 16th note quintuplets (I think that's...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,360
Posted By MikeM
Re: Your ideal drummer/the drummer you aspire to be

Long time no conversate, dude.

I like this sentiment. It's been my default for as long as I've been playing.

Just to add another dimension to that, I've always assumed I had great taste in...
Forum: Drums 10-18-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,297
Posted By MikeM
Re: Bass Drum Pillows or no pillows

True, you *could* use any of these methods to dampen it down, but if you actually like the sound and feel of a pillow, then why not?

Don't get me wrong, I get it. Wide open drums everywhere gets...
Forum: Drums 10-18-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,297
Posted By MikeM
Re: Bass Drum Pillows or no pillows

I didn't start playing empty bass drums until reading so much about them on here a few years ago. Seems to me that the dynamic range in increased with a lot extra balls at the loud end, so this is...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By MikeM
Re: Why does my playing FEEL different during a gig?...

My playing, or at least my perception of it, seems to change with the venue.

If the stage sound isn't very good, I try to make playing adjustments to make it sound good but the playing is then...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,583
Posted By MikeM
Re: London forum meet up - multi member thread :)

I assume that pic was taken after it collapsed under the extreme weight...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,349
Posted By MikeM
Re: The importance of counting?

Yes! This is as brilliant as it is succinct.
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,583
Posted By MikeM
Re: London forum meet up - multi member thread :)

Me too, definitely looked like a good time. Dang. Next life maybe ...
Forum: General Discussion 10-08-2013, 03:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 939
Posted By MikeM
Re: Kit sharing

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, so when a band we shared a bill with a couple weeks ago asked to borrow my kit, I said, "Sure, but bring your own cymbals and you break you buy." No...
Forum: Drums 10-03-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,512
Posted By MikeM
Re: Guru Review

Great review, Larry. Great drums, Andy. I've really enjoyed reading this whole thing.

I think I'd done a pretty good job convincing myself that beyond a certain point, drums are just drums due to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 952
Posted By MikeM
Re: Creative Freedom


But I will, and my response will be long as not only have I wrested with this in the past, but I have a maddening situation atm that is cutting the other way.

I just wanted to say great...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,041
Posted By MikeM
Re: How about practice discipline 2-3 hours a day for 2-3 years?

This closely mirrors my experience and attitude. It's great to focus on your hands and other technical aspects of playing, but that all by itself won't make you a musician. You really gotta feed your...
Forum: Drums 09-24-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By MikeM
Re: Can Anybody Identify This Mystery Snare Drum?

That's my first snare drum right there - a late '70s / early '80s made in Taiwan steel 5.5x14. They were Pearl knock-offs sold under a bunch of different names like Maxwin, CB-700, and Reuther...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,529
Posted By MikeM
Re: Drum Slang and Acronyms

I'm gonna be tangent man for a second because I had a brainwave about what pocket is ... I get this visual of billiards where you might say something like, "8-ball, corner pocket," and when the ball...
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