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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 312
Posted By mikel
Re: what are some great books about drummers you have read.

"Dear Boy" The Kieth Moon biography. A great read and also heartbreaking at the same time.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 10:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 635
Posted By mikel
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

If you can"Bring your own crowd" why not just book a venue in a club or hotel and keep all the profits?

Or bar owner pays the band the door takings friom a small cover charge, the punters cant...
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,060
Posted By mikel
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

Oh,who cares?

Meg White? I dont know.

Moon is the only one where I have thought "What the f**k, how is he doing that".

Its not what you play its where you play it, and till then no one...
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 589
Posted By mikel
Re: Nuggets of hard won wisdom

If you get into music to make money, you will be disappointed. If you get into music to make music, you will be happy.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 423
Posted By mikel
Re: Does playing covers change you?

Do you need to chart them? If its a tribute band, I would say yes. Covers, to me anyway, are a different thing. I listen to the song so I know the structure and the lyrics, then I play in the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By mikel
Re: The sound I like

Tell them to play there instruments and you will play yours. Its what each of you bring to the party that makes a band special.
Forum: General Discussion 12-18-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 489
Posted By mikel
Re: Band vent....

I feel your pain also. Band practice is for sorting arrangements endings etc...NOT for learning songs, that is done at home on your own. Come to band practice prepared, its bad manners and a waste...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 444
Posted By mikel
Re: The foot is the key to groove

Bass drum placement? Listen to Charlie Watts. A lot of Stones grooves appear similar but Charlie makes them work by changing his bass drum placement on different songs. Magic, a different feel.
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 780
Posted By mikel
Re: So you're going to a band audition...

First. Plenty of notice to allow for preparation.

List of songs you want to go through, keep it short, and version if covers. Sent early, see above.

A decent size rehearsal space with good...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 691
Posted By mikel
Re: Drumming as Art


Me too. I would not enjoy being a hired gun, expected to play in a certain way and have no imput into the creative process.

We play funk covers but we are all from different musical...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 691
Posted By mikel
Re: Drumming as Art

Perhaps he simply meant that music is an art form and not just chops and technique.

Like when gigging, and the band plays a song perfectly, and its sounds good, but sometimes its not perfect but...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By mikel
Re: A Round Table of Greats

Great interview. I am with Tony Williams, once the count in is done that is the tempo of the music.

Also, what about space? Filling up the music with bass drum leaves no room for the music to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 893
Posted By mikel

Deep Purple in Rock. Ian Paice
Close to the Edge. Bill Brufford.
Any Police album. Stewart Copeland.
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,058
Posted By mikel
Re: Who uses Moongel?

On the top, and I leave it on. Tried it on the bottom but It eventually falls off.
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,058
Posted By mikel
Re: Who uses Moongel?

Use one on my 22" ride to kill some of the wash and give it a bit more ping. Works fine.
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,084
Posted By mikel
Re: Jeez, Phil...

All we know is what the press reports, the other guys in the band may be doing lots to help Phil but not advertising the fact. Much as we would do for an old mate. I dont go around shouting about...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,267
Posted By mikel
Re: playing less and keeping time

Yep, very slow and sparse songs are the hardest to nail. We do the Amy Winehouse version of "I love you more than you will ever know" and the whole band finds it taxing.

If a song is slow and has...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
Posted By mikel
Re: Relighting my fire

+1. Play with others, nothing gives you that feeling or the insight into what is needed. Just do it, you will never feel more alive.
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,101
Posted By mikel
Re: How to handle this situation

I dont see why you have to mention the others, and it looks like I am not alone in this.

Tell the guy YOU want more money, negotiate YOUR fee for a gig. It has nothing to do with the others,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,001
Posted By mikel
Re: Drum Etiquette at Open Jams

Just as well I read this thread. I will now leave the 36" gong, wind chimes and sleigh bells at home when I go to the jam session tomorrow night. Would It still be ok to take my drum riser?
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,101
Posted By mikel
Re: How to handle this situation

This thread flags up one of the big problems in being a hired gun, especialy in a wedding/function band. The guy is running it as a business and paying what he can get away with. Not nice, but...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,101
Posted By mikel
Re: How to handle this situation

I know its not fair but.......If its the guys band and you are a hired gun, he can pay what he wants If he is running it as a business. If its not enough and you cant agree a rise, you can walk. ...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,101
Posted By mikel
Re: How to handle this situation

A couple of points.

1. You mention there is a guy in charge, so that would imply its his band, not an equal shares thing?

2. There is an old saying "You dont get what you deserve, you get...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 417
Posted By mikel
Re: I'm a lucky guy

Makes sense to me. I think that the main problem is none musicians grasping the fact that quality musical instruments are expensive pieces of kit.

Once Mrs M grasped the concept that quality...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,937
Posted By mikel
Re: Are you a drum person or a cymbal person

/\ This.

I use mid range drums, cos with quality heads and tuning they sound wonderfull, and just what I want. I play top quality cymbals because they sound just that, and to my ears at least mid...
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