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Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 697
Posted By supermac
Re: Playing in a Bar - Length of Sets/Breaks/Hours

It's interesting reading that in the US you might do three/four 45-min sets.

Here in the UK, in bars and clubs, it's nearly always two x 45-min sets, with around a 20-30 min break.

They're...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By supermac
Re: "YYZ" and "Fool in the Rain" isolated drum tracks

My two favourite drummers when I started playing - and still inspired by them today.

I've seen a few drummers attempt YYZ and they always miss the bass drum in the "chorus" where he underpins...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By supermac
Re: Which Hudson DVD?

I'm a big fan of the Hudson DVDs and have bought nearly all of them over the last ten years.

As mentioned below, Methods and Mechanics I (Todd Suchermann) is brilliantly educational and...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,234
Posted By supermac
Re: My personal list of rock and roll's top cowbell moments

Neil Peart's unique use of cowbells to play little tunes during his solo, 1970s-90s.

Ian Paice: You Fool No One

John Bonham: Houses of the Holy album track. Really embellishes the groove when...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-08-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 854
Posted By supermac
Re: Linear "Bonham" Triplets poll and discussion

Interesting subject.

I remember the satisfaction as a young drummer, in the days before YouTube and instructional DVDs, of finally working out from records what Bonham was doing.

Also in the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 744
Views: 41,015
Posted By supermac
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Just bought a Roland TD 30 as a practice kit as a treat for working very hard at my day job.

I started playing on pots, pans, cardboard boxes, and buckets as a kid.

So this is a bit of a step...
Forum: General Discussion 04-05-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By supermac
Wrist pain

I've played drums for many years and thankfully haven't had any real strain injuries.

However, my left wrist has become very sore over the past dew days so I've stopped playing.

I've just got a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 851
Posted By supermac
Re: 40th Anniversary of Physical Graffiti - How Cool Is This?

The re-mastered version sounds incredible 40 years on.

I've just bought it for the umpteenth time: vinyl, cassette, cd, box set, etc...

For us drummers, listen to the pre-digital, true...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-23-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,448
Posted By supermac
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

Like a few others, I write left-handed but drum right-handed after initially watching drummers on TV and copying them as a kid.

Sometimes I'll use my left hand to pay hi-hat - and use it a lot for...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-16-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By supermac
Re: Billy Cobham's Stratus fill stickings?

Yes, I've tried hertas with the playalong, but cannot fit them in anywhere near quick enough for the tempo of the track.

But interesting. I shall persevere. Thanks
Forum: Drum Technique 01-16-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By supermac
Billy Cobham's Stratus fill stickings?

Hi,

Does anyone know the stickings of the fast fill flurries that Billy Cobham employs in the track Stratus?

Is it 32nd note singles - or is it his famous herta (but played very quickly?)
...
Forum: Drummers 07-05-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 776
Views: 149,358
Posted By supermac
Re: Todd Sucherman here!

Hi Todd,

I've been working on my own version (for what it's worth!) of your Thank You Mr Smith.

However, I have to go flat out on my bass drum pedals to get the required speed, making it sound...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,109
Posted By supermac
Anyone else play The Drum Also Waltzes?

I first came across Neil Peart's version, then dug around and found it had been done by people like Steve Smith, Bill Brufford, and originally of course by Max Roach.

I've just started practising...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 34,959
Posted By supermac
Re: Drummers who have influenced you

When I started as a kid:

(Mainly mid-70s UK glam rock beats, usually tom-based shuffle grooves)
The Glitter Band
Slade
Showaddywaddy
Sweet
Suzi Quatro!
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,116
Posted By supermac
Re: "Rosana shuffle" how long did it take?

For me, it's a work in progress.

Once I worked the mechanics out, I tried to get the best possible 'feel'.

Every time I practice, I'll try the Rosana shuffle, along with the Bonham 'Fool In The...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,827
Posted By supermac
Re: complicated blues songs.

Some of Jeff Beck's albums over the years have blues-based material that is more technically challenging.

Albums like There And Back and Blow By Blow have songs in odd times.

Also listen to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,912
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your favorite fill based on a rudiment?

A nice Bonham/Gadd-type sextuplet fill based on a ratamacue is:

KRLRLL KRLRLL KRLRLL KRLRLL

That's the bass drum, followed by three notes on the toms, and two lefts on the snare.

There are...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,240
Posted By supermac
Anybody use a drum tuner?

Does anybody use one of these drum-tuning gadgets that are appearing on the market?

I've played for many years and always (hopefully) managed to get a good sound out of my kits.

However, this...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2012, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,186
Posted By supermac
Re: Purdie Shuffle

On the 2005 MD Festival DVD, the drummer Zoro presents a whole section on the half-time shuffle.

He looks at Purdie, John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro - and other variations.
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By supermac
Re: Daniel Glass The Century Project

Yes, Daniel Glass had a slot on a recent Modern Drummer festival DVD, performing a clinic about the evolution of the shuffle.

I enjoyed it, but it was very reminiscent of Steve Smith's concept...
Forum: General Discussion 11-15-2012, 12:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,426
Posted By supermac
Top 10 drummers you've seen in the flesh?

I was thinking of some of the great players I'd seen live (and one or two I'd wish I'd seen)

In no particular order:

Neil Peart
Dennis Chambers
Billy Cobham
Jojo Mayer
Aaron Spears
Vinnie...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-12-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By supermac
Re: Must own dvds for someone who has played for a long time but relatively new to drum set?

I've got a shelf full of drum DVDs.

Some are better than others.

I've found Methods and Mechanics I and II by Todd Sucherman really useful for practical advice.

His section on applying...
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,075
Posted By supermac
Re: Hardest Led Zep song on drums and why

Some of Bonham's drumming sounds quite easy - until you try to play it!

Some of his most challenging songs (for me) are Good Times Bad Times (I need a double pedal), The Crunge and Fool In The...
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,419
Posted By supermac
Re: Wedding/Function Band Do's and Don't's

1. Yes, get paid in advance - as somebody mentioned earlier.

We got stung a couple a weeks ago when the groom 'ran out of money.'

We got paid a week later, but certainly not an ideal situation...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,154
Posted By supermac
Re: Do you use a cowbell?

Yes, I've been thinking about getting one of these for the same purpose...

And yes, it looks hard
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