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Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,235
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Most Embarrassing Arguments You've Made...

I once heard a drummer (and a band) play pretty loud while his cymbals were rather small so they seemingly died away very fast. However, it made me believe that he hit his cymbals so hard that the...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-22-2011, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,872
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Branching out in the right direction

The books Mighty Joker mentioned are great!
However, I'd recommend getting a good teacher over books. A teacher can really give you good advice on your technique which might save you some injuries...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,648
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Comping Practice Methods

Have you tried comping on a really slow tempo? (80 BPM or less) If you practice them at that speed, then you'll really get the timing right. Mastering this will also allow you to practice your faster...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-07-2010, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,610
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: How do I know if I'm doing it right?!

Another good thing is to practice with a mirror you'll suddenly get a lot of extra information about your technique.

Also, Jojo Mayer's DVD secret weapons for the modern drummer is a great...
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,880
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: 20 Reasons Why Musicians Get Stuck at the Local or Regional Level

Yeah, well, if either one is lacking then you're on the wrong track right?

Interesting post! I'm still within the starting phases with my band but I think we've got most of the points covered and...
Forum: Drums 09-26-2010, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 976
Posted By TomRaaff
How to check out drums

I'm currently doing a lot of research on drum kits so that I can decide what kind of kit I might buy in the future. However, just checking out all kinds of opinions and technical facts on the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2010, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,741
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: What is the most high profile drum make?

I see that pearl is mentioned a lot, but I somehow don't really get to see a lot of pearl advertisement or endorsees. Actually, the only time when I see a pearl kit is when I'm watching a movie with...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2010, 12:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,294
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: throwin' it out there....

that guys has got his chops down...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,816
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Need a 16" crash for this setup, please suggest

Well, I would go with Istanbul instead of sabian, but that's just me. I can't be your ears and I can only say that a 16" AAX would mix well, but in the end it comes down to what you specifically...
Forum: Drummers 09-17-2010, 01:45 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 67,884
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Jojo Mayer

How come I've seen only two guys mention his new EP and there are no reactions???

You've gotta check out Loot man! I'm seriously addicted to that song...
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2010, 03:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,207
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: The future of music

I agree.

also, music is so much more than just tones because of the human emotion. People will always keep the need to express themselves through something. I have no doubt that people will...
Forum: Drums 08-11-2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: A Confused Dad Needs Help!

They probably are about the same quality. But remember that you probably need to buy some cymbals as well. These kits never come with cymbals. So I'd say, buy the cheaper one and buy a cymbal set as...
Forum: Drums 08-10-2010, 08:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,612
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Flat Bearing Edge...?

I made some pictures of it:
Here's the rounding exactly above the snare bed:

Here's the sharp side 1/4th of a turn...
Forum: Drums 08-10-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,612
Posted By TomRaaff
Flat Bearing Edge...?

I was recently tuning my snare drum and I never really paid any attention to my bearing edges because I simply don't really know what difference they make to your sound. But I was tuning my...
Forum: Drums 08-10-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,482
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Is this Set-up available besides custom built?

Oh man, that thing looks horrible... But it indeed has the sizes I'd want. It's the first one I've come across actually.

I'm not sure yet about my budget. Actually I'm mostly fantasising about...
Forum: Drums 08-09-2010, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,482
Posted By TomRaaff
Is this Set-up available besides custom built?

I have been a certain set-up in my head for what I imagine what my dream kit would be. So I've been looking for it, but I can't seem to find it besides custom drums. The set-up would be:
20x16 or 18...
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2010, 10:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,204
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Advice on Drumline auditions?

Oh yeah, btw, auditioning is ALWAYS useful. I've learned the most this year during my auditioning period.
Forum: Drums 08-09-2010, 12:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,591
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Beginner set

Wow, your budget is 500 - 1000 dollars? With that money, you could buy a VERY decent intermediate kit. Mine was 750 (Ludwig accent custom CS) and with a kit like that, you can almost sound like a...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-08-2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,785
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Another Question About Creativity

You might try to play drum solo's of all kinds of sorts. Which means not only the chops and 64thnote's-only kind of drum solo's, but also groove improvisations and the like. Try to improvise little...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2010, 09:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,204
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Advice on Drumline auditions?

I won't have any advice about whether you should or shouldn't join the drumline, simply because I have no clue what it is (I'm not from America).
However, if you want to do a good audition, then you...
Forum: Drums 08-03-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,366
Posted By TomRaaff
What if?

What if you made a snare drum like this?
What would happen to the sound? Would it be singing more, or have a shorter sustain?

(I photoshopped this one, I've never actually seen one like this.)
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2010, 02:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,903
Posted By TomRaaff
Straight back?

I've recently seens some pictures of my behind my kit and I noticed that I ben forward a lot through my back. I personly think it looks stupid and I've always been told that a straight back is...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2010, 11:22 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,687
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: The expensive drum stigma....

I think and investment in good microphones and some proper mixing skills might even be more valuable to your sound than upgrading your 2000 dollar kit to a 3500 one.
A couple of months ago, I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2010, 01:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,510
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: What sets you apart?

I've been complemented on my laidback groove and approach to almost anything I play (but I guess that wouldn't be very usefull in a punk band). And I co-write a lot of the songs, and then I mean...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-16-2010, 01:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,576
Posted By TomRaaff
Re: Newbie's high hat foot

I don't recall having that problem, also I haven't heard it from any of my students. I guess you should simply try to relax your foot more when you're playing. It sounds as if you're playing with far...
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