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Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 170
Posted By MikeM
Re: Displacement (Van Halen - Jump, Middle 8)

Haha, good call, Ian!

I played along to than one a lot back in the '80s and still think it's a supremely tasty bit of drumming. I don't remember thinking it was too hard to learn, but it was on...
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 10:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 576
Posted By MikeM
Re: Why bother with books?

I'm not saying this in any prideful sort of way, but what you describe about books is pretty much why I've never practiced from one. In fact, I've never even owned one. I can work out on a pad for...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 04:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 962
Posted By MikeM
Re: What kit do you use?

I've been using the same kit for 15 years (locally assembled Keller shelled kit). I went through several kits before this one, each lasting an average of 4 or 5 years.

The reasons I switched kits...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,369
Posted By MikeM
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

Not strictly kit related, but running with this thought - black drumsticks annoy the hell out of me for this reason. Love me some Gadd, but it bugs me that I can't visually follow his sticking. I've...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,369
Posted By MikeM
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

I play a one up two down set up, so it's not that I mind some separation. It's the extreme cases where I can't visualize smoothly transitioning between toms. Seems to be for looks or something not...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,369
Posted By MikeM
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

I always cringe when I see a rack tom in a basket low and to the side of the kick with about 3 feet between it and the floor tom. Add a ride cymbal right between them and I'm just standing there...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,519
Posted By MikeM
Re: Rock and roll....over?

I totally dig this post!

I gotta say that I'm really not worried about the state of things at all.

Not to be construed as me necessarily liking my music snapped to the grid, or vocals snapped...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 4,819
Posted By MikeM
Re: Buddy Rich Playing Matched Grip!

You know, I enjoy a good internet kerfuffle as much as anyone, but this has got to be the most boring topic to kerfuffle over. Ever.

What a disappointment.
Forum: Drums 05-11-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,672
Posted By MikeM
Re: Ludwig LM402

I'm not a huge fan of the P-85 either, but it holds the snares in place which is all I want any throw to do, and I don't spend much time with my snares off anyway.

That said, I replaced mine with...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By MikeM
Re: Help Choose My Focus - Drums or Bass

My first bass (over 20 years ago) was a short scale - some kind of SG style knock-off, but the headstock snapped off all by itself one day. I went to play it and the bass was still upright in its...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By MikeM
Re: Help Choose My Focus - Drums or Bass

Well, it started with a Squier Jazz and that kinda got me hooked, but I really wanted a P, so I threw down for an American Standard (buy once, cry once!). It's pretty sweet and plays like butter, but...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,554
Posted By MikeM
Re: All-Consuming Hate Kills the Artistís Creativity

I made a little quip about liking hate on another thread that I thought carried at least a kernel of truth; that the things we hate are things we avoid at all costs.

This can be especially true...
Forum: Drums 05-06-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By MikeM
Re: Renown 12x14 Floor Tom and a Tape Measure?

No, not at all. Transparent ebony was what I was going for when I ordered my kit from a local builder, but after the stain soaked in and set, it ended up being a dark forest green. Kind of ugly, tbh....
Forum: Drums 05-06-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By MikeM
Re: Renown 12x14 Floor Tom and a Tape Measure?

Dang KamaK, I love your kit! Looks a lot like mine. Same snare, to boot.
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By MikeM
Re: Help Choose My Focus - Drums or Bass

Man, our situations are very close with respect to drumming/bass playing.

I've never been one to shed on a pad either, but when it reached the point where bass was starting to click and I...
Forum: General Discussion 05-05-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By MikeM
Re: Help Choose My Focus - Drums or Bass

Amen to this. My drums are at my practice space, but my bass (and guitar) are in my living room. So yeah, bass is easy to make time for, whereas playing drums takes some planning.

I've played...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Now can we please get back to discussing: Metal vs. Jazz, Which is the Lower Art Form?

Happy Friday!
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Pretty much. But only as it pertains to your overtly dick-ish behavior; not any genre, per se.
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Wha??? Seriously, was there a point here?

Not sure about the half-stack reference, either. Does it really need to be a full stack? Sure, they sound amazing, but often overkill. Unless of course,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Rest assured I would never call you "tactful". Ha ha.
Forum: Drums 05-01-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 617
Posted By MikeM
Re: 8 piece kits for reasonable prices?

Hey, know what? This community does not exist for your approval.
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

"Music is my life, man. You guys just don't understand!"

Says the guy desperately needing everyone to take his genre-religion as seriously as he does.

Whatever.
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

I'd give you a thoughtful response, but I'd have to break character and possibly contradict myself ;)

Glad you like the hate though! Erm, or no, I hate that you like it ... I think.
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeM
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

I hate rock with its stupid straight linear time pummeling along all the time and I hate jazz cos of its silly triplet-y swingy thing that never seems to stop. That's why I only play odd-time...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-30-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 785
Posted By MikeM
Re: My fills are always in 8th notes/slower note rates, help!

Seems like if you've exhausted all that's in your head, try getting into someone else's.

When I hear another drummer doing something I really like, I take it to the shed until I figure out what...
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