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Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By alparrott
Re: Learning drums

What music do you enjoy most? I was motivated to pick up the instruments I play mostly by listening to my favorite music. That is a good starting point for most beginning musicians. Jeff is spot on,...
Forum: Drums Yesterday, 04:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 296
Posted By alparrott
Re: My drum tuning

Tune? I don't get it. You can tune drums?!
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By alparrott
Re: using snare of different material than shellpack

I have never in my years of drumming used a matched snare. My usual culprit is a metal snare of some kind.

In response to the OP: there's so many variables at stake with your maple snare it could...
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,866
Posted By alparrott
Re: The 2015 funky Guru snare competition starts now! Entry details :)

I can't wait to post my entry (forthcoming, btw) so I can finally treat myself to these other entries. I am purposely avoiding watching any of them to keep from stealing any ideas... I would like to...
Forum: Drums 03-29-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By alparrott
Re: I've got a big one ------ &

I am wiping the drool off my chin, the keyboard, my lap, and off the floor. Gwuhhhh. That snare screams ROCK at me with all of its manly balls behind it. ROCCCCCKKKKKKKKK. It will rip off your arm...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 416
Posted By alparrott
Re: Congratulations Jules

Huzzah, PFOG. May your next milestone similarly scoot under the radar.
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 556
Posted By alparrott
Re: When to do Free Gigs and Paid Gigs

I agree with the vast amount of folks on here. I attend blues jams for free. I play at church for free (I consider it a way of tithing). I play charity events for free.

Anything else, I would...
Forum: General Discussion 03-27-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 858
Posted By alparrott
Re: Sloppy fills

I've been the sloppy fill guy before, and where I was most guilty is 16th notes on the snare. I would kind of slur my way through it without paying attention to precision very much. And eventually I...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-23-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By alparrott
Re: Using splash cymbals

Splashes are short, sharp stabs of sound. I use them in more delicate passages where I don't want a long sustained crash, but I need some minor punctuation. At one time I kept two or three splashes...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By alparrott
Re: Twisted Sister Drummer dies

There was a point in the early 80's where everyone heard this guy on the radio at least once a day. If that's not success (at least success as defined at the time) then what is?

I have to chuckle...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,079
Posted By alparrott
Re: The worst gig of my life

I still think I have the very best/worst shared kit experience ever...

Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 703
Posted By alparrott
Re: Last piece of gear you forgot?

When using in-ear monitors, forgetting your earphones is kind of a big deal. Fortunately I was able to borrow a set of over-the-ear cans for soundcheck and my wife was able to bring my Shure in-ears...
Forum: Drums 03-17-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By alparrott
Re: Did I order wrong snare wires?!

Yep, you will. The FFS wires don't work with standard snares because they extend past the edges. Good news, you should be able to return the item and use the refund to get what you need.
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 879
Posted By alparrott
Re: Peart - would you hang out with him?

I think he would be a fascinating hang, but I also suspect that unless introduced by a mutual close friend, the likelihood of that hang is infinitesimal. I appreciate his contribution to the art but...
Forum: Drums 03-17-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By alparrott
Re: For you Ludwig fans!

Referring to this version?


The one I've seen more of in the catalogs is the version without the lighter bits, almost...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 518
Posted By alparrott
Re: How Does Your Band Set Up on Stage?

General rule of thumb is singers up front, guitarist near the front, drums in the back, and line of sight between the key players. Everything else is pretty much up to size of the stage/playing area...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By alparrott
Re: Kinda' ok with slowing down

Unless drumming pays all the bills, it's usually not realistic to put it as a first priority in one's life. My day job has forced me away from any real playing for the last eight months, and I even...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 716
Posted By alparrott
Re: Craigslist, Best deal ever....NOT

Wow, narcotics must be cheap in Phoenix.
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2015, 11:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 871
Posted By alparrott
Re: RUSH retirement rumor

I would hope they retire while still in relatively good form. Geddy's voice can't take too much more... he sounds like he's straining to get it done the last couple of live albums, although both...
Forum: General Discussion 03-11-2015, 01:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By alparrott
Re: How many bands have you been in at the same time?

In two and playing in church at the same time has been my limit, or in a band and doing a musical at the same time. If the bands are cool with it and boundaries are observed politely it can be just...
Forum: Drums 03-10-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 470
Posted By alparrott
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2015, 12:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,866
Posted By alparrott
Re: The 2015 funky Guru snare competition starts now! Entry details :)

I am working out the logistics of how I will record my entry, and also when I am going to find the time to learn the song and come up with something cool to play, while simultaneously surviving...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By alparrott
Re: Last Minute Gig Fees

I look at it as doing the due diligence to earn the money in the first place. Most of the songs I learn will go into a book or playlist somewhere and be available to dust back off if I ever need to...
Forum: Drums 03-05-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,632
Posted By alparrott
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

I *am* hoping to get both size kicks. I did not realize they *do* have an 8" a la carte.... hrmmm.

I'm not complaining, I just made the point that in some of the gigs I play, I need a less...
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By alparrott
Re: Do you plan your fills?

Neil was a big influence on me for many years and so I also treated a lot of my fills as a hard-and-fast written part when it came time for me to start writing music with an originals band where I...
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