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Forum: Drum Technique 02-27-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By tcspears
Re: Coated ambassadors for reso side in jazz, really??

I've never used coated for the reso heads, but it should be fine.

One thing to remember is that jazz tunings are much higher than rock/pop. You should really crank the heads, and don't muffle...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,612
Posted By tcspears
Re: The straight 4-hour gig.

Every time that I start to think that unions are a dinosaur and no longer needed, you see stuff like this.

This is NOT ok.

We've all pulled some long sets before, but to try and make it the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,279
Posted By tcspears
Re: Are you the type of player who...

I guess I'm a gear minimalist, but I don't really rotate gear that much. I have two rides, and a HH, but I usually just use one ride. I use the same snare for just about everything.
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,896
Posted By tcspears
Re: Gigging drummers, which songs consistently kill?

In my experience, people seem to love taking a popular song, and then completely rearranging it. That way people will recognize something about the song, but they have to really listen to figure out...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,083
Posted By tcspears
Re: Do you remember when...

This still happens quite a bit, as hip-hop has sort of taken over (the US at least) as the standard of pop music, most of the dances are based on hip-hop songs.

There was one a few years ago about...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-16-2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By tcspears
Re: 8th/16th note HH patterns question

No real rules or guidelines, but much of it will be dictated by the music. Remember, we aren't making beats in a vacuum.

If the song is a 16th note funk groove, it's going to sound a little...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2017, 10:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,476
Posted By tcspears
Re: Famous Unschooled Drummers

Most of the famous jazz drummers were unschooled: Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Art Blakey, et cetera...

Whenever a new genre starts, the players are usually going to be unschooled. It's the same...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2017, 10:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,894
Posted By tcspears
Re: Ever get disappointed in a drummer's music?

It's odd because many times drummers make the best arrangers.

Bass players and drummers always seem to write really boring music, and I think it's because we are stuck thinking about rhythms,...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-10-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,763
Posted By tcspears
Re: Traditional or Mateched???

That has been discussed A TON here, just search through the forums...

It's all personal preference. There are plenty of jazz and classical guys playing matched, while rock/pop people can play...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-07-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 870
Posted By tcspears
Re: Too small drumstick?

Whenever I'm playing something heavy, like rock, Ill use 7As... those are my "big" sticks. Not counting the marching sticks I have at home.

5As should be plenty big!

if your tips are...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-07-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 921
Posted By tcspears
Re: Going to music school for percussion performance vs strictly drum set performance

I have a degree in performance, and for some reason am going back to get my masters in it now! (I must be crazy).

I think one of the benefits to going to school for music is that you will be...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2017, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By tcspears
Re: Drum finish professional

I was getting some auto body work done the other week, and one of the techs was painting a drum kit with some pretty cool designs! I like woodgrain myself, but I guess he gets a lot of work from...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-31-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,046
Posted By tcspears
Re: Have a cigar time changes

It looks like it does have some sections in 5/4....

Have you tried looking up the music, or just transcribing it yourself?

I found the guitar transcription, which will give you the structure of...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2017, 09:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,097
Posted By tcspears
Re: Which One is Quieter?

I live in a condo, and I don't think this is a good idea.

Maybe your walls aren't as thin as mine, but condos were NOT designed to contain noise like that.

I'll use a practice pad that doesn't...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-25-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,600
Posted By tcspears
Re: Conventional wisdom versus the actual snare height and seating position of top drummers

I hadn't realized that there were conventional standards for this sort of thing.

I think it would be hard to really standardize, as different players are going to setup to meet their own unique...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-23-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Posted By tcspears
Re: Which time meter is this ?

Sounds like straight 4/4 to me. Cool tune though!
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By tcspears
Re: Djembe bass drum videos? Anyone post a link?

No video links, but it looks like just searching on google will help you with that.

I will say that I've seen a ton of drummers using djembes as bass drums in Boston, but mostly in jazz and latin...
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2017, 04:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,058
Posted By tcspears
Re: Is this a valid reason to turn down a gig?

True, but playing a gig for money is playing "professionally", even if it's not your only job. And it is fun, and that should be taken into account, but sometimes people are tired, or need some sort...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2017, 09:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,058
Posted By tcspears
Re: Is this a valid reason to turn down a gig?

Depends how you are getting paid.

I got offered a gig on New Years Day this year, and it was going to be a small guarantee each plus tips. I turned it down because there aren't many people going...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,095
Posted By tcspears
Re: Myth: drummer's main role is to keep time

That's certainly true in most styles of jazz. The drummer is no more responsible for time than the piano player. We're an instrument and worry about interacting with, supporting, and complementing...
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,440
Posted By tcspears
Re: Minimalist Setup?

For the longest time, I just played bass, snare, floor tom with a ride cymbal and hi hats.

A few years ago I got a new kit, and now have one rack tom. I still usually just use the ride and the Hi...
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By tcspears
Re: Quality Whiteboard Staff tool?

At NEC in Boston, they have little wooden handles similar to that one that all the markers go into... I think they might have been homemade, as it was just a block of wood with holes for the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,268
Posted By tcspears
Re: Songs for beginner?

I can't tell if that's a joke or not, but I think Drumeo is really more teaching some tips and tricks to drummers that already have a foundation.

You need to develop your technique, learn to read...
Forum: General Discussion 01-03-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,268
Posted By tcspears
Re: Songs for beginner?

I'd see about finding a teacher at this point. Playing along with songs is ok, but it's not really teaching you much about drum technique, or playing the instrument.

A teacher can help pick out...
Forum: General Discussion 01-03-2017, 08:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 944
Posted By tcspears
Re: Small kick ideas/tricks? Considering a cajon or smaller kick

It doesn't sound like a cajon would fix your issue... those are going to have more attack than a bass drum.

I would try a felt beater on a bass drum and see if that works. That will give you much...
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