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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By brentcn
Re: Software to chart / notate

Sibelius is pretty much top dog these days. If you can somehow get the student version it's $300; the professional version is $600.

Noteflight is very good, and the full version is pretty cheap...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-30-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 719
Posted By brentcn
Re: How Swung should the jazz pattern be?

This much would be awesome :) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaiUi9fsO8)
Forum: Drums 08-28-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 204
Posted By brentcn
Re: Buying new drum kit

It's not" bells and whistles" that separate a kit like the one you posted, with one that's in the $900-$1500 range. What you get is better hardware, that you won't have to replace for many years....
Forum: Drum Technique 08-28-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 719
Posted By brentcn
Re: How swung should the jazz ride pattern be?

Moanin' is a bit unusual, yes, with its 2 and 4. Some jazz recordings are pretty specific in their drum parts (like rock songs), but other songs are more freely improvised, without a strong backbeat...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-28-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 719
Posted By brentcn
Re: How swung should the jazz ride pattern be?

Yeah some of the best jazz records are just too advanced and sophisticated; they're not the best entry into the style.

Sinatra Live At The Sands

Some tunes that I have students practice along...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-27-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 719
Posted By brentcn
Re: How swung should the jazz ride pattern be?

If you play the basic swing pattern with a strictly triplet feel ("ONE-trip-let-TWO-trip-LET-THREE-trip-let-FOUR-trip-LET..."), it won't sound very authentic. The two notes that are close together...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By brentcn
Re: Soloing in time, issues

Well, youíre getting out of time during the solo, which is usually due to speeding up. To better guide your tempo, keep time with the hi-hat on 2 and 4 (which is a good habit to have, while soloing...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By brentcn
Re: Audition for bands

Take lessons. Explain your goals to your teacher, who will refer you to gigs that are appropriate for your skill level. I refer students whenever possible.

You need to demonstrate some competency...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-24-2018, 05:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By brentcn
Re: The Logical Order of Study

For whatever reason, Stick Control has long been held in the highest regard, but there are other, more modern materials that are worth considering ahead of SC (which, on its own without a teacher,...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-17-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By brentcn
Re: Steve Such's Vinnie Baked Potato transcription

Is there a certain part that seems off to you?
Forum: Drum Technique 08-15-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By brentcn
Re: Steve Such's Vinnie Baked Potato transcription

I'm not one of the guys you mention, but I've transcribed my fair share of this and other solos and playing, and it looks incredibly legit. It catches the things that are particularly Vinnie-ish: the...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-15-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By brentcn
Re: Back to the basics

No pre-recorded video can adjust your playing, or identify your struggles, in real time, and until that happens, private instruction wins. Go ahead and youtube your heart out, but do it in addition...
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 890
Posted By brentcn
Re: Sound blending or replacement

it helps to understand a bit why samples get used. I've worked a lot as a mixing engineer, and mixed singles, albums, commercial spots, demos, live recordings, etc., and have experience with metal,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 890
Posted By brentcn
Re: Sound blending or replacement

How common? It's ubiquitous. Not only in metal, but in pop and country as well. Even when the drums have been lovingly recorded in a nice studio.

No, it's not better to have an e-kit, because...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-10-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,263
Posted By brentcn
Re: Too Much 2 & 4

Nice work!



This is very good advice, for when you're playing very new, rock-oriented material, or when your fellow musicians have bad rhythm. The problem is that some musicians don't get the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By brentcn
Re: Is this good or bad?

Any time there's a "free jam", it's going to be a bit dicey, because the goals and rules aren't clearly defined. Improv can be great, if everyone is playing music they know, and are comfortable in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 757
Posted By brentcn
Re: Playing in multiple bands

How detailed are your charts? If your charts just have "big picture" items, like song structure and repeats, without notating specific beats, fills, hits, and breaks, then looking at that chart isn't...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By brentcn
Re: Active Monitor to play drums with recordings?

QSC K10's are VERY nice, and one will fit your budget if you can find it used. RCA, XLR, and quarter inch inputs all on the back.
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,225
Posted By brentcn
Re: How important is knowing the songs?

Don't blame the method. It's not the reading; it's who is doing the reading.

There are musicians who are great at reading a chart, and can deliver a quality performance while doing it. It takes a...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 938
Posted By brentcn
Re: Advice on kickstarting a drumming career

Not a bad start; your heart's in the right place, but think about it: would you give your time to someone who just emailed you out of the blue?

It would be better to go to each place in person,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-04-2018, 01:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 938
Posted By brentcn
Re: Advice on kickstarting a drumming career

Teaching is arguably the best way to network and get gigs. If you can intern or assist a teaching studio in any way, you should do it. No better way to hang out with a bunch of musicians, next to...
Forum: General Discussion 08-03-2018, 02:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 938
Posted By brentcn
Re: Advice on kickstarting a drumming career

Sadly, DSOP has a point. The general trend is that there are much fewer sessions happening, fewer every year. And real drums are not a priority. Heck real anything isnít a priority, if the electronic...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By brentcn
Re: Recording with E drums

Fair points. Mesh heads aren't going to make much noise, but bass drum pads usually do, and it's not a musical noise. If you're going to bother recording acoustic cymbals, it's not much more effort...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By brentcn
Re: Recording with E drums

It's true that modern drum recordings use samples, but not in the way you're describing. Instead, a sample enhancement approach is used. First, an acoustic kit is recorded, in the typical way (close...
Forum: General Discussion 07-27-2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,188
Posted By brentcn
Re: What do I buy and do?

Touchť. I just hope our guy gets some access to a real kit.

(I wonít touch an e-kit. Not. Ever.)
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