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Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,005
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: new thread deleted. help?

We're drummers. The dead horse must be kicked until it's a dusty shell.
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 657
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Straight from the horse's mouth.

I know a horse... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtXEMCKQXj8
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,005
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: new thread deleted. help?

It's Bernard's party and he can cry if he wants to.
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 388
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Grip Change Imposed UGH

Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Peter Erskine said it best "Here's how you hold a stick", put the stick in my hand and closed my fingers around it.

As long as you're not pinching too much...
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 637
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Tour buy in: yes or no?

Well a buy-in can be a great thing for an up and coming band and you also gotta remember it helps the headliner out as well so the system is good, IMO.

Just be smart, do all the marketing stuff...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2014, 01:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: a specific question regarding trad vs matched

I agree with everyone else here, find a good instructor to evaluate what your grip is going and make the necessary changes to accommodate.

Was the tendonitis drumming-related? And why'd you jump...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,119
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Cover Band Drummists - How accurate are you?

I only know one song... I just play it many different ways! :D
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,119
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Cover Band Drummists - How accurate are you?

I listen to the song, write out anything that would be deemed "signature" (like the big tom fill in "I can feel it in the air tonight" by Phil Collins), write out the tempo and try and get the tune...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,875
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Rant: Who's in charge at Gibraltar??

I see what you did that. ;)

That being said, What I've seen is that they just make something and it gets pushed out on the market post-haste.

Another thing I've witnessed is picking list...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2014, 02:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 694
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Going on Tour would like some advice!

Just make sure you've got performance agreements in place. Also, try to keep enough $ for a plane ticket home if things don't work out.

And if for some reason you ever have to ship your gear back...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Applications for 13" tom

They make great lamps. Turn it into a lighting fixture.
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Founding Mars Volta Drummer Blake Fleming Here

Really love what you do! Your playing is monstrous. Thanks for coming on board! I see that you're playing Slingerlands. I am part of Stone Custom Drum Co. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: ?'s about traditional technique

Thanks for that, I needed it today! :D
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: ?'s about traditional technique

Here's a video I did several years ago when I was broke, living on a friend's couch and didn't even have a practice pad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLOsohq89ZU
Forum: Drum Technique 09-11-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How not to drop sticks

Strange as it may seem, this is my philosophy on dropping sticks- maybe that particular stick doesn't want to be in your hand at that moment so grab another one and use it.

Sticks are living...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Some tips for you GC Drum-Off gladiators

I guess that my feeling about it is this- Yes, it's a competition, that's a given. But if you separate yourself from the competitiveness aspect and lend a more "natural" approach towards your...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By BillRayDrums
Some tips for you GC Drum-Off gladiators

After tonight's GC Drum-off preliminaries, I just had to write some tips and pointers. http://billraydrums.com/blarg/174-the-guitar-center-drum-off.html
Forum: Drum Technique 09-08-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,262
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Drumming Barriers/Plateaus

When I was in the thick of teaching students, I'd give them a simple illustration of what too much practice on one thing can do. I'd hold up an object in front of them and slowly move it closer to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: drum friends - help me out with this idea...

You could play a straight beat across the top of that and get away with it. It's be like Led Zep "Kashmir" then moving back into 4/4.
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 859
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How many bpms can you cat play?

I can only play one beat per minute.

And don't beat your cat. Or your fish. Because if you beat your fish, it dies.

Here's my kitteh. I was on the road in Italy and she completely posed...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 501
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Question for the Professionals

They send over the drum police and you get your knackers whacked. And since they also double as the mattress police you'd better not tear off those mattress tags because for that, you go to jail.
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 646
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Singers dragging the tempo

If you're rushing the singer then you're rushing the song. If the song has a certain tempo it likes to click at, then the singer should strive to hear it at that tempo.

Otherwise defer to the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 878
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Snare drum Olympics - help needed - opportunity!

I helped organize and deploy the 2012 Nashville Drum Show & Snare Drum Olympics. Didn't do any of the judging but man it was fun to tune up the 40 snares we had and play them individually!

This...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 601
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

LMAO... Open space. What's that like? Because I'm used to my neighbor borrowing my toaster without so much as leaving his house!
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 601
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

I live in SoCal. And my eyes are rolling too. :D
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