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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:03 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Another thing about my standpoint is that 80% of the time, when I'm playing drums, I'm either working on writing, or rehearsing originals. I also play some covers, but usually in those instances, I...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 228
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Annoying Sounds

No joke, I think it was close to a year before I "got it" that the count meant something, and that there's usually a snare on 2 and 4. Of course, nobody else knew that because I could play along...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 12:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 821
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Tell me if this is a stupid idea

On Jim's post there, I saw that once.

Went to a show, local band, but the drummer was really hamming it up, not quite "Mad Drummer" style, but along those lines.

Toward the end of the night, he...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 12:15 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

In that case, some nice spicy enchiladas can make me extremely creative the next morning.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 12:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 447
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Does anyone actually like big finales?

I think that sometimes audiences like these dumb endings enough to justify it.

That said, I think we've done it exactly once in a live show setting. The guitar player decided he wanted to smash...
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 12:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 312
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Playing Hihat through breaks

I find that with almost all music and art using the phrases, "always do X" or "99.9% of the time" is rarely conductive to actually doing the art. Furthermore, I think relegating the left foot to the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Great! I love it when I can get somewhere by repeating the same thing enough times!

Not only is that creativity to replace sounds with other sounds, I think you could expand on this and be even...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Certainly not. We'd have a world-wide awesome overload if everyone was like me. The only thing that would save us is my exceedingly perfect sense of modesty.


That all sounds great. At the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I'm really glad to see this. I was worried you might take some of my comments about blues negatively, for example. I was really just trying to look at both sides of our viewpoints. In my mind,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

You can't think of any interesting ways to use a china sound in blues music? I bet you could. So could I. Even if you try not to acknowledge, it's still an option, and your brain knows that it is....
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Let's say you're a painter and you're hired to duplicate a scene as instructed. As much as you think it might be cool/interesting to limit yourself with only a few colors, or perhaps insert Kevin...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

But that's the thing, I don't just use different voices to play the same fills, I'm almost always able to use the limitation to come up with something totally different yet often more musical,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Yea. Drums are fun. It's fun to have a ton of different sounds to mess around with. For me, and I think most drummers, having a ton of stuff there is a huge temptation. For me, and a lot of...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I would have a hard time disagreeing more. You're actually highlighting the main challenge and why limitation is so beneficial. You have to solve the exact same problem, with less. In other words,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

No need to get uppity. It wasn't an insult, and you said it yourself, you felt constricted and didn't know what to do when a voice was missing. Firstly, this means that you're relying on certain...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

Beautifully put, as usual.

I remember the first time I ditched my high tom for a paid gig. I got some very questioning glances from the guitar player who felt something might sound lacking... But...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-18-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Free stroke/moeller/open-close techniques and ride cymbal angle

I've got stick marks on several of my residence walls as a result of practicing said techniques on them. Minor construction faults aside, they are nearly vertical.

People get the idea when they...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Playing Out for the First Time in 40 Years!

There is almost nothing else in the world that compares with the feeling of really locking in with other people while playing music. It's such an amazing head trip, and in fact, this literally...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Help Learning a Song

Make a chart and do your own counting instead of relying on external cues so much, which I find can be un-reliable in themselves.

The charts I make are very simple. I break down parts, and how...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,113
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Insulting a member on the bandstand

Weird, right? Doesn't the guitar player and singer already have that job covered?
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 821
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Tell me if this is a stupid idea

Google gig-grips Larry.

Also, I do think it's a stupid idea. I think the idea of a perfect grip or balance is silly. I move the stick around in my hand depending on what I'm doing. As for...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

We're talking about spurring your head into being more creative through the use of limitation and smaller points of focus. I don't really see what you're getting at unless you're trying to imply...
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I know we've already discussed this on DW. The 50 gallon drums are the way to go.
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,336
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

And easier to fit into the car at the end of the night.
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,134
Posted By Dr_Watso
Re: Strange woman found lurking in the workshop ;)

Just to clear this up, being passed out on the sidewalk outside a bar next to Larry isn't the same thing as intentionally sleeping with one another. Even though we were both physically in the...
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