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Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 997
Posted By supermac
Re: Anyone covered Tom Sawyer on a small kit?

I covered the song on a 'small' kit when it came out.

As others have said, Bonham triplets sound fine for the second solo fill (after the guitar solo). No-one will notice.

From memory, the only...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,143
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming advice you've ever received?

Point three is clearly a highly accurate assessment.
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,143
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming advice you've ever received?

When I was a kid, I was advised: "Make sure you have your crash cymbals really, really high ... because it looks better!"
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2018, 12:43 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 3,555
Posted By supermac
Re: No Talent Hack, But Loving It....

Sadly, I'm not convinced that just ANYONE can play the drums so long as they put the hours in.

As one or two others have said, some people just possess a natural physical and mental predisposition...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By supermac
Displacing a groove by 1/16th note - how do you do it?!

I've been practicing with displacement lately and really enjoying it.

Watching my Gavin Harrison DVDs and Matt Garstka on YouTube has been an eye-opener.

I'm reasonably comfortable with 1/8th...
Forum: Drummers 05-09-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 1,120
Views: 221,783
Posted By supermac
Re: Neil Peart

Love Rush. Love NP. For me, 1980 to 1984 was their golden era.
For a young drummer starting out, the playing was a revelation.
Neil never played or sounded better than he did in the early 1980s....
Forum: General Discussion 04-23-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By supermac
Re: Steve Gadd Question Finally Answered

Always wondered about that too...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 954
Posted By supermac
Re: Imagine Bonham and Porcaro..

Liked it.

Made me smile when Bonham moved to the ride cymbal.
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2018, 01:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,265
Posted By supermac
Re: Drum Solo/Fill Letdowns

No-mark drum teacher's take on the most influential, critically-acclaimed and commercially successful rock drummer of all time...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,523
Posted By supermac
Re: is a lack of fills a problem for a first gig?

Even if you don't play fills in a song, you can still give the drum part some interest and musicality by orchestrating the surfaces you're 'riding' on.

Maybe try changing up between verse, chorus...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2018, 12:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,116
Posted By supermac
Re: Favorite drummer surprise you?

Quite common, probably.

Been watching/listening to some Rush performances from the late 70s/into the 80s, and I was surprised how swift some of NP's tempos were.

They did settle down in the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-16-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,552
Posted By supermac
Re: Top Cowbell songs!

Good Times, Bad Times and Houses Of The Holy - Led Zep

You Fool No-one - Deep Purple

And, for a very different use of cowbells, Xanadu - Rush
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,153
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming mistake you've heard on a professional recording?

Not the greatest mistake of all time but there's clearly a 8th note snare drum flub at 1.26 on this 1976 disco classic More, More, More, by Andrea True Connection.

I was a kid at the time and was...
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 570
Posted By supermac
Purdie/Bonham/Porcaro half-time shuffle?

So we have Jeff Porcaro with Rosanna in 1982; John Bonham with Fool In The Rain in 1979; and Bernard Purdie with Home At Last in 1977.

These are the three famous oft-quoted half-time shuffle...
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 778
Posted By supermac
Sir Ringo Starr...

Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2017, 12:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,511
Posted By supermac
Re: Do you necessarily like to play the drums to the music you like?

I play in a blues band and have played with the same guys for years around UK bars.

In some ways, it's more like a night out with your mates drinking a few beers, but you also take your drum kit...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 10,459
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

Yes, don't know where it comes from, especially as I love the playing of Buddy Rich, John Bonham and, from today, Benny Greb - among others - who play/ed one up and one or two down! Odd.
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 10,459
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

I know it's classic, iconic, and it's how our instrument evolved...

And I know some of the greatest players of all time use and have used the set-up...

And it was also the set-up I first...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2017, 11:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By supermac
Re: Limelight-Rush

Drumming to Rush music is a step-up from playing average rock stuff.

Odd times, ambitious fills, complex phrasing etc.

As a teenager, I immersed myself in Rush and learned it by ear, not...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-30-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By supermac
Re: Simon Phillips groove in 33/8

Listen to Gavin Harrison...
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 843
Posted By supermac
Re: My UK trip part 1

Pleased you enjoyed your trip to the UK. Nice pics...

As others have said, there's much more to our country than just London.

Meanwhile, might have missed it in your piece, but guessing 'Simon'...
Forum: General Discussion 10-04-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 944
Posted By supermac
Re: About Live gigs Drumming - Tips Please!

A few very basic non-drumming tips:

- Don't eat anything too heavy just before you go on...

- Take a leak just before you go on...

- Empty your pockets of mobile phones, wallets, coins,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 527
Posted By supermac
A night out with drinking beer with 50 drummers!

Earlier today, out of the blue, I received a phone call inviting me to a night out with a difference later this year.

It will involve 50 drummers doing a pub crawl, finishing off at a curry...
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2017, 12:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 900
Posted By supermac
Guess what I left at home?!

I've been a gigging weekend bar drummer since 1980 when I still at school - but this was a first...

Last Saturday night I checked all the drums, got my stage wear together, and got all my bits and...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,328
Posted By supermac
Re: what to expect from 1st jam

You will hopefully come away feeling tremendously excited and inspired after making music with other people for the first time.

An acoustic kit will sound loud and harsh after an electronic kit -...
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