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Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 741
Posted By Smoke
Re: Extra sharp chisel 1 - finger 0 :(

Bloody Hell!

Whoops, I mean Bloody Finger!

My old Dad always said that it's the dull tool that causes an injury - it forces YOU to do the work instead of the tool, which forces the tool into...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By Smoke
Re: Advice on drum additions

+1 on what Kamak and James said.

Don't forget to experiment with tuning your mounted toms - you can cover a lot of territory with heads and tuning. After you play a while, you'll know how to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 813
Posted By Smoke
Re: "Play something." What do you play?

I fire back, "Name a song where you know the drum part and I'll give it a whack." Followed quickly by, "Playing the drum part of a song is like eating a sandwich with no filler - it's just bread. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,169
Posted By Smoke
Re: Hi hats and air lock, no luck.

I agree with everyone who said it's something mechanical. I'd probably replace the bottom sleeve and both felts or maybe try grommets.

But the only known permanent cure to vapor locking hats is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,644
Posted By Smoke
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

Gary Thain of Uriah Heep and Tommy Bolin.

Both were masters of their respective instruments.

I can't imagine how their careers would have progressed if they were still both alive.
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By Smoke
Re: Annoying Sounds

Funny - Doc Watso hasn't chimed in yet. Please allow me a feeble attempt to reveal the flip side of Uncle Larry's feel-good coin.

You've been drumming for 18 months?!? If you can't play as well...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Smoke
Re: 100 Most Influential Drummers......Who The Hell Are They?

The poster designer seems to be in university in Belgium.

I'm betting the poster is a one-off college project and others don't exist or aren't widely distributed.

Sadly the photos are a bit out...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,457
Posted By Smoke
Re: Drummers who don't use cymbal stoppers

I don't hit hard, but do use 1/4 inch thick felts on top with Tama plastic wingnuts at the very top of the thread. These:
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,335
Posted By Smoke
Re: The "I wish I hadn't opened my big mouth" thread ;)

You could always reposition a boulder or two in your garden and "drop" one on your big toe.

"Gee, I'd love to play, but my toe is knackered - I'll have to sit this one out. Maybe next year?!?
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,173
Posted By Smoke
Re: You know you're a drummer when...

Your car's license plate reads:

Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,490
Posted By Smoke
Re: Favorite Song to Rock out To?

Tops on my list is Toto's Hold the Line.

Jeff Porcaro on "Hold the Line", in a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer:

"That was me trying to play like Sly Stone's original drummer, Greg Errico,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 907
Posted By Smoke
Re: Looking for songs with straight in the pocket drumming.

CCR seems to fit that bill most of the time. Some syncopated stuff now and then, but typical straight four-on-the-floor.
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,934
Posted By Smoke
Re: Best Advice You've Been Given

"Measure twice; cut once."

Dad (now 86 years old)

Apparently I listened. I've been a metrologist for the past 31 years and I'm still measuring.

Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,902
Posted By Smoke
Re: Whats the weirdest thing you ever broke on your kit during a gig?

I haven't had gear break during a show (not a steady gigger), but did did lose power to an outdoor stage in the middle of "Margaritaville." The acoustic guitar and I played right through to the end...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,837
Posted By Smoke
Re: Ok - bearing edges :)

If you're not going to write a book, how about an info-mercial on television?? :-)

If nothing else, transcribe your tutorials to the Guru website - unless of course, that offers prospective...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,484
Posted By Smoke
Re: How much air is in between your hi-hats?

Bottom hat tilted toward me about 1/4 inch (6 mm) lower than the back. When at rest, the back of the hats are about 3/4 inch (20 mm) apart; with my foot on the pedal, that distance closes to about...
Forum: General Discussion 02-04-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,328
Posted By Smoke
Re: What is resonance, & why does it matter.

Does "timber species" = "timbre species"?

Likely the first 'drum' was a hollow log, with the doppler effect compressing the air to act as a head. So, even a hollow log doesn't exhibit the pure...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 653
Posted By Smoke
Re: It's Tax Time

Between the federal and state governments, I owe $33 USD. When I want something, I just buy it - no need to wait for some return of over-paid taxes.

Of course, all purchases over $50 must be...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,599
Posted By Smoke
Re: Drumming Idiosyncrasies

At first I thought that was weird, but then I realized that I can't drum without my capon.


Sorry, MZ, I used to be a butcher in a past life... ;-)
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,206
Posted By Smoke
Re: Can a mediocre shark be jumped over by a fantastic cheese hostess?

That one really knocked me off my perch, but ya didn't have to be so bullheadded. Keep that up and you'll find your head on a pike.

If you've got 5 minutes, watch this vid:
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,818
Posted By Smoke
Re: Do You Play Another Instrument Besides Drums?

10 cowboy chords on 6 and 12 string acoustic. I can plunk my 5 string resonator banjo and can accompany almost anything you can play on a 21 chord autoharp, though don't finger-pick that thing worth...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,384
Posted By Smoke
Re: I was wrong.

I was wrong, too.

I tried to listen to the radio on my 40-minute commute last Friday, but couldn't concentrate. I tried crafting a response to the forum, but couldn't completely wrap my head...
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By Smoke
Re: Magic wand

If I was smart, I'd ask for an auto-refilling bottle of Fuller's 1845 and a re-set button for my liver.

But, I know I'd choke in the heat of the moment and blurt out something silly like, "world...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,153
Posted By Smoke
Re: Looking for advice from fellow music store employees

One of our local music stores in Lansing, MI, USA advertises their used equipment on CL. Sort of maddening if I'm trolling for bargains, but they occasionally have some too.

If nothing else, it's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,061
Posted By Smoke
Re: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Hugh Laurie plays a mean piano and sings the blues - plus, he's a reasonable actor.

But, I think what separates the performers from yester-year and the multi-talented performers of today, is that...
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