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Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
Posted By lowdowner
Re: The best reasons to become a drummer?

It's just the feeling - how the sticks feel in your hands, and how it feels on the drum heads. Nothing else is quite like that.

Mind you, i'm slightly worse the wear for beer - I may regret...
Forum: General Discussion 05-19-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Toms with specific pitch - is this a problem

this sounds like good advice...

I'm an ex flute and bass player so I'm more than OK with the theory of harmony, it was just that I wasn't expecting the pitch to be so clear and was a bit surprised...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By lowdowner
Toms with specific pitch - is this a problem

I'm loving my new Mapex Saturn, but I've got a question.

My toms have really clear pitch - each tom has a note that is quite recognisable, which is great. But, to my ear, these pitches sometimes...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 859
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Drum Lessons

+1

I'm 48 too and have been learning for about 18 months - weekly drum lessons, quite focussed, with about an hour a day (max) practicing. I would be nowhere near where I am now without lessons...
Forum: General Discussion 05-05-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

Here they are - 10", 12" rack toms, 14" and 16" floor toms, 22x20" bass, and a machete snare for good measure (oh, and TRX drk 16" crash, 18" ride and hats, and Sabian HH raw bell 21" ride and 10"...
Forum: General Discussion 05-05-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

Hmm... can't upload my jpg's - just says 'invalid file' :(
Forum: General Discussion 05-05-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

So, as promised... Arrive Friday and a long weekend later I've stopped long enough to take a few shots... :)
Forum: General Discussion 05-04-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 9,030
Posted By lowdowner
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Mapex Saturn IV MH Exotic 5 Piece in Satin Black Burl with Mapex Machete snare.

Yes, it's my lucky, lucky, day! :)
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

The only video camera I have is on my iPhone and I suspect that's not going to sound too good :)
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,310
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Tight Cymbals and odd setups...

When I started, about 18 months ago, I set up my drums to look the same as I saw online when I checked out drum kit manufacturer's sites and other pictures of drummers. Quite high (or it seems to me...
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

I will definitely post pics when they arrive - time has slowed down badly though!
Forum: General Discussion 04-25-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive advice on this forum, and against my better financial judgement, I finally ordered a spanking Mapex Saturn IV Exotic 5 piece in satin black with a Black Panther...
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Mapex Saturn IV

*laughs*

I like you :)
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Mapex Saturn IV

OK, so I'm thinking about a Mapex Saturn IV Exotic 5 shell pack. Mostly because a) I want the extra floor tom and my current drum maker (Odery) is saying October at the earliest for a new FT! and b)...
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 9,030
Posted By lowdowner
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Any specific grooves you're going to play with those? Something latin? Funk?
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,971
Posted By lowdowner
Re: What are your stories of when people found out you are drummer?

I tend not to tell people - I think that's because i'd feel like a fraud because I'm not really any good (yet - I'm working on it!)

Funny thing is that it took me about 2 months of learning to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Playing to click - the mechanics

Perfect, thanks for this info - I *do* want the option to hear the click in my ear and I'd heard someone talk of a solution like this without knowing the details.

I know playing to click live is...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Playing to click - the mechanics

Ah, OK, that's interesting. i have some moulded in-ear plugs that I can convert to active IEMs so that may be the way to go... they cut the ambient noise levels by 17db (relatively flat across the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Playing to click - the mechanics

Thanks for the advice - seems to centre around not using a click for live playing...

My teacher does a lot of recording and always plays to a click - now, he has started to use the click at live...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By lowdowner
Playing to click - the mechanics

I'm going to be auditioning to join a band in the next week or so (pretty nervous, it's my first time!) and need some specific advice...

When I'm practicing (on my own at the moment obviously) I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 883
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Beginner and older...

47 and been drumming for 18 months - love it, get a teacher and enjoy the journey... find tracks you already love and work out the drum part (playing along to stuff you already love will motivate...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Just digging it?

Wow, that's kind of intense! (nay... creepy even!) :)
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By lowdowner
Just digging it?

Just wondered when was the last time you enjoyed drumming so much that you just laughed, or felt high, or just smiled 'cause you were enjoying just playing?

Do you often find it 'just feels good'...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,242
Posted By lowdowner
Re: Does your inner metronome ruin your appreciation of music?

Emmylou Harris on her album Red Dirt Girl has a track 'My Antonia' which wonders all over the place... the drums and the vocals never synchronise and I'm convinced it's a mistake and not deliberate.
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,242
Posted By lowdowner
Does your inner metronome ruin your appreciation of music?

Recently I've noticed two changes in my head - both since I've started to get better at 'hearing' that inner metronome that drummers seem to develop after a while learning.

The first is that I can...
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