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Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2014, 02:23 AM
Replies: 63
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Re: My bizarre, ego-destroying experience

Here's a reference that will show how old I am: it reminded me of that scene in Annie Hall where those two pretentious guys are talking about Marshall McLuhan in the line for a movie, and McLuhan...
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,819
Re: My bizarre, ego-destroying experience

Like I said it was weird because on the one hand I was angry and embarrassed that someone was lecturing me and treating me like a child, and on the other I just knew I had to take it because he was...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,819
My bizarre, ego-destroying experience

I have to tell this story to someone, and I figure only other drummers would care :-P

Yesterday I was practicing in my rented space. I managed to find a spot really cheap about six blocks from...
Forum: Drums 01-26-2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Re: Cascara without damaging your floor tom?

I ended up getting the cascara wedge. Sometimes I play the pattern on the rim, but I have to whack the rim kind of hard to get a full sound so the cascara wedge is a nice option.

For both of the...
Forum: Drums 12-31-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Re: Cascara without damaging your floor tom?

No way! I actually have a Russ Miller groove wedge, it's sitting in the back of a storage closet b/c I never used it. Great idea, I'll give that a shot.
Forum: Drums 12-31-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Cascara without damaging your floor tom?

Hi all, I'm learning "Late in the Evening" but one of my many differences from Steve Gadd is I'm not endorsed by anyone, so I'm not too anxious to beat the lacquer off my floor tom. I've tried a wood...
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,969
Re: The real book

Reviving this thread because I'm in a similar situation as the OP:

I feel like I'm being stupid, but I still don't understand the Real Book. Maybe it will help to have a specific example.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-30-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,424
Re: Hi Hat Control

Reviving this thread to bring up something dropped after the first post: does anybody have suggestions for exercises to improve control of left-foot-controlled hi-hat tension? I find I do the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Re: Muffling a 20x14 Bass

Depending upon our playing environment and what we're playing, yes. And the sound guys at our gigs always comment on it.

When the drum is tuned well I actually like the overtones for some songs,...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Muffling a 20x14 Bass

I have a 20x14 bass drum that I like to tune high for jazz, but low for rock. But it has too many overtones for rock, so I need to muffle it. For some gigs I've rested a blanket against the reso head...
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2013, 03:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 921
The best thing about drumming

A few days ago I saw that thread where someone posted a video of some guy drumming along to Meshuggah and how that depressed him because he can't play that well. And, like probably a lot of others, I...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,909
Re: The death of retail music stores

I really hate that those big Internet book stores are stealing all the business from the mom and pop shops!

<a few years later>

I really hate that e-readers are stealing all the business from...
Forum: General Discussion 05-04-2013, 02:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Re: Rubber floor mats for sound reduction?

Cool thanks for the other resource, can you tell me which thickness you chose? I'm thinking 8mm to 3/8 inch would probably be about as thick as I'd want to go, for stability.
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Re: Rubber floor mats for sound reduction?

Yeah I did the tennis ball platform thing when I was living in a wood floor upper apartment. It was ... okay, but relatively unstable (I do not claim to have great building abilities so that may be...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Re: Rubber floor mats for sound reduction?

Sorry, I should have provided more info. I'm using an e-kit, and I'm looking for realistic levels of impact noise reduction. Since it's on the bottom floor I'm not really worried about sound...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Rubber floor mats for sound reduction?

Hello, I just moved into a new apartment, thankfully on the first floor but most of the apartment has fake wood flooring. So I need to put a mat down to handle impact noises. Does anybody have a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-25-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,415
Re: Can we start a list of well-known studio recordings that have sloppy drumming in them?

I wonder why everyone keeps pointing out rim clicks as errors. Playing the rim is quite valid. I do it all the time in my jazz/swing band. If you involve the rim you vastly expand your sonic palette.
Forum: Drums 02-13-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Re: What are the mini drums in this video?

Interesting ... maybe it's the angle, but it looks like they have shells? The roto-toms I've seen are all without shells.
Forum: Drums 02-12-2013, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
What are the mini drums in this video?


They look a little like timbales, but I don't think that's what they are ... I'm looking for some multi-purpose accent percussion and I'm still leaning...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,108
Re: Quick soundproof (room-in-room) question

Reviving this to ask a question: I've done research, read a few books, and I find that what will probably be best would be just handing someone cash and having them hand me a standard design for a...
Forum: Drummers 01-22-2013, 11:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 22,120
Re: Nick Mason

I think it was more the press rolls. I've never heard one in a song that Nick played, which leads me to believe he can't do them (he also doesn't play dynamics). But he still drummed on some great...
Forum: Drummers 12-30-2012, 04:47 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 71,961
Re: Meg White

I'm just posting to take back what I said. I just realize how dumb negativity can be. So I'm not a fan of Meg White, and if someone said something ridiculously over-laudatory about her skill level I...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2012, 04:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Do Armenian drummers play Turkish cymbals?

I'm just curious. I know Dolmayan plays Paiste, but I'm not sure if the decision was entirely for sonic or political reasons.
Forum: Drums 12-19-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,184
Re: Tuning for Jazz

This is an interesting post, but I'm not sure I understand what you mean by a perfect fourth or how to obtain it. Tuning the reso is the hardest part for me - getting those darn snares out of the...
Forum: Drums 12-14-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,463
Re: Jazz Snare?

I think you're on the right track. My 5.5x14 Gretsch USA Custom snare works really well for jazz. It's a little too quiet for rock (for my taste) but with an Aquarian Modern Vintage batter head I get...
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