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Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 639
Posted By brentcn
Re: Kick Drum physics experts in the house?

Lay a towel over ALL your toms and hit the kick. Still hear that ringing? If not, then it's a sympathetic vibration from a tom.
Forum: Drums 10-17-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 790
Posted By brentcn
Re: 1980's Gretsch USA Custom

Wouldn't a hater have suggested another brand? Huge Gretsch fan here -- I have two kits: one 60s and one newer USA Custom (with a 24" kick). At a local rehearsal spot, I've often played the same...
Forum: Drums 10-16-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 790
Posted By brentcn
Re: 1980's Gretsch USA Custom

Well, it's a bit taller, so the toms need to be placed higher and/or angled more. Especially with 13 and 14 toms, which appear to be 9" and 10" deep.

Sonically, a 24" doesn't "punch" like a 22",...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-16-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By brentcn
Re: Got about 15 mins each day to increase speed... How should I practice?

Spend 20 soggy dollars, and do Bill Bachman's workout (from the link in his signature in his post), and then you tell us if you're faster after a month of 15 minutes everyday. All you need is...
Forum: General Discussion 10-14-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 218
Posted By brentcn
Re: Transcription Request

No problem, that'll be $9,999 in small bills.

Seriously, though, it sounds like a fun project -- wishing I had that kind of free time!
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 936
Posted By brentcn
Re: Making the most out of limited practice time

Read the bulletproofmusician.com blog carefully. Being a "good practicer" includes knowing how to make your practice fun and engaging, not arduous, and how to avoid burn-out and frustration. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By brentcn
Re: Drum lessons - Question

I routinely teach the things you're describing in private lessons, and I always have. Transitions, song form, when and why to play a fill or crash, etc. all have been part of teaching for me since...
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 751
Posted By brentcn
Re: Real Band Dilemma....

You're not propagating any disintegration. Much to the contrary, you're suggesting a way to accommodate everyone through compromise.

You're making a very reasonable request (to play more gigs),...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 856
Posted By brentcn
Re: I'm in a Band - And I Have a Problem

This might change over time, or the personnel in either band could change at any moment. You have no idea, presently, what either band's commitment is to you. Both bands could have a drummer on...
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,692
Posted By brentcn
Re: Rude by Magic! Drum Tab?

If your teacher wants you to write it out, according to what you hear as you listen, then that's what you should do. Learning to listen critically, and to transcribe what you hear, is a seriously...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,233
Posted By brentcn
Re: I've got the "looper" blues

I'm lucky enough to play regularly with a guitarist/bassist/vocalist who has fantastic timing. He's VERY reliable when it comes to stomping in and out, and conscious of the difficulty it presents to...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By brentcn
Re: ?'s about traditional technique

Great vid, Bill!

Similarly, you can also bounce the stick off the palm of the same hand. Same drill essentially, but instead of bouncing the stick off a pad or table, you use your left palm to...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-28-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By brentcn
Re: Brush comping question

I try to not interrupt the direction of the left hand (if I can help it), just like you wouldn't flip to a weak-hand sticking in the middle of a single stroke roll. I comp both ways (clockwise and...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-01-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 982
Posted By brentcn
Re: Mind Blown - Performing musician meets All State teenager

Actually, you can diss her, just not for what you might think at first. True, she has technique, can read, and is being exposed to a wide variety of music. However, she hasn't learned to improvise,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,648
Posted By brentcn
Re: Learning a Song You Hate

Wait, you like 8 out of 9 songs that your band will play? Jackpot!

Then you should be thinking about what you can learn from the songs, not whether or not you like them, and be grateful that...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,001
Posted By brentcn
Re: Discouragement for Chops I Don't Have

Beautifully put!

Ultimately, it comes down to maturity. Instead of figuring out what "type of drummer" to be, figure out why a certain drumming approach works in a particular musical style or...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,294
Posted By brentcn
Re: Preparing for a covers band

They're not going to play all 450 on one gig, so get a set list from them, and ask that they stick to it, at least for this one gig. They need to help you help them.

Better to read charts, and...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-21-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,065
Posted By brentcn
Re: A question for Dave Weckl..

Totally. Yes. Great approach. Utilize until it's comfortable. Practice loud to quiet as well.

And if you're really clever, you can adjust the path of the sticks to sweep across the head as...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,082
Posted By brentcn
Re: Will it affect your ability to work with other musicians if you're tone deaf?

Can you post a link?

Do you have any experience on a pitched instrument (guitar, piano, choir, horn)? If not, I don't think you're in any position to judge your own tone-deafness, which is most...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-09-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,019
Posted By brentcn
Re: Look at my technique

Agree with others, pretty much, but you're only swinging the sticks an inch or two off the pad. What does your technique look like when the stick starts at vertical (i.e. straight up and down), then...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-03-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,018
Posted By brentcn
Re: Getting the most out of the Chaffee books.

The instructions are pretty straightforward: pick a pattern for the right hand, then play through the Fat Back exercises, in order to develop your coordination against that pattern. If you're...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,520
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

It's funny, sometimes you'll notice that training the player also trains the ears. A student will swear on his/her life that what they're playing is 100% accurate, when it's obviously not. Some...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,520
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

The answer is probably more nuanced than a simple "some have it, some don't". You might be on to something by saying that it "just needs unlocking".

Relating tasks to motions and movements that...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,520
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

We need to be careful not to confuse correlation with causation. If an adult hasn't yet learned rhythm, he/she most likely won't. It's possible that such a thing is more easily learned at a young...
Forum: General Discussion 04-30-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 532
Posted By brentcn
Re: Is this a shuffle, shufflie or neither?

Yes, you can say this is a shuffle. Any time you emphasize the first and third partials of a triplet, you have a shuffle. Whether that rhythm is played by the right hand on the hi-hat or ride, the...
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