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Forum: Drums 12-17-2018, 02:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 524
Posted By JustJames
Re: About to buy a Gretsch Catalina Club kit...

Guys you're doing this wrong.

The OP announced that he is looking at a Gretsch kit; please ensure that recommendations are for every brand EXCEPT Gretsch.

Bonus points if you recommend a kit...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,241
Posted By JustJames
Re: Hey Joe: Great drumming or overplaying?

No, that's just finding different ways to suck.
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 538
Posted By JustJames
Re: Do You Think...

There is another change that drives the answer to this question, and that is the way we relate to music.

Increasingly, music is a background to other pursuits. If you aren't buying physical media...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 546
Posted By JustJames
Re: Arthritis in Foot - Looking for Kick Drum Alternatives

Is triggering the bass drum the answer?

I have no experience with triggering (snowflake!) but I would expect that a trigger would need less force than an acoustic drum.
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2018, 01:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 595
Posted By JustJames
Re: How to start?

Allow me to contradict some of the points made so far. (That's what the internet is really for.)

Hearing protection - if you need it, use it. But if you (and your band) play at a level where...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 737
Posted By JustJames
Re: struggling to get through a song

I think that IS your problem.

Most of "us" use the lyrics as big clues to where we are in the structure of the song. Take the clues away, and everything gets a whole lot harder.

One you needs...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 886
Posted By JustJames
Re: Gigging Mishaps

Two years ago my band got to play a small local music festival. Our lead singer was away, but we had got a stand in, and had a well rehearsed 45 minute set.

We were due to go on at 10 pm, as the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 737
Posted By JustJames
Re: struggling to get through a song

There are tools that let you slow down audio tracks.

For fruity devices, there is The Amazing Slowdowner which (I believe) can even slow down music as it streams from Spotify.

For PC, Audacity...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 595
Posted By JustJames
Re: How to start?

35?

I may be over generalising based on my own experience, but that seems a little young to start.
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 737
Posted By JustJames
Re: struggling to get through a song

Simplify to the point where you can get through the song.

Then start adding the wrinkles back in.
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 04:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,010
Posted By JustJames
Re: "too Busy"

In my book there are three broad approaches:

Tribute - The aim is to get the sound to be as close to the original band as humanly possible.

Cover - Everybody tries to replicate the original...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 02:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,010
Posted By JustJames
Re: "too Busy"

For clarity: you are responding to my claim that (in a covers band) we should aim to replicate, as closely as possible, the drum part. And yes, that assumes that you are attempting to replicate the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2018, 01:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,010
Posted By JustJames
Re: "too Busy"

It's not clear from your post, but if you are playing covers, you should be aiming to replicate the recorded part as closely as possible.
Forum: Drums 12-06-2018, 11:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By JustJames
Re: Whitney Nesting Drums

The previous drummer of the band that I am a guitarist in had a Whitney nesting kit, and I was not a fan. They sounded thin and flat, with no body. Could it be that these kits are very sensitive to...
Forum: Drums 12-06-2018, 01:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 564
Posted By JustJames
Re: Funny the things that matter

Change to Evans.

I've never known an Evans logo to be crooked,
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,307
Posted By JustJames
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

I recently discovered that guy's channel - love his vids!
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,066
Posted By JustJames
Re: Band names?

Who cares if there is another band with the same name in a different time zone?

For most of us there are other people with the same name and it doesn't cause a problem.
Forum: General Discussion 11-30-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,307
Posted By JustJames
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

Why would a record company sell millions of copies of a record if they lose money on each copy sold?

Hoping to make it up through volume?
Forum: General Discussion 11-30-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,307
Posted By JustJames
Forum: General Discussion 11-30-2018, 04:14 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,307
Posted By JustJames
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

The Roanoke, VA lineman...

Catchy!

I think there could be a song there....
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,246
Posted By JustJames
Re: No GAS

And then another one by Easter, a replacement for that house by Thanksgiving and all change by next Christmas?
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,066
Posted By JustJames
Re: Band names?

Based on the three bands mentioned...

Sabbath Day Enlightenment
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,246
Posted By JustJames
Re: No GAS

One of my new year's resolutions, coming into this year, was to stop GASing, and concentrate on playing. Instead of spending time ogling and lusting over gear, the resolution went, I would devote to...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-27-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By JustJames
Re: Heal toe

I think the OP meant heel tow.
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,683
Posted By JustJames
Re: Not having fun playing

Seriously? That's a very revealing bit of projection there Alex.

I don't pretend to speak for anybody but myself, but I absolutely love playing. It is not false modesty when I say that I am not...
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