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Forum: Drum Technique 10-08-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,268
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Strangely hard, easy sticking pattern

I would call it a simple sticking. Simple does not imply easy.
I am very much a learning drummer, so I face myriad challenges/opportunities such as this all too frequently. :-/
I too would...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,526
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: I've learned so much here.

+1 for Drummerworld.
As a relative newb on the cans, I find time spent on this forum can be of value.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with various opinions or viewpoints is not so important. It's...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,656
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Guitarist comment on drummers

Rhythm section is almost everything in the ensemble. And that includes the guitarist. The guitar is an outstanding rhythm instrument in the right hands, and some music deserves this application in...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,660
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Movies that Feature Drumming

[U]The Commitments.[U]
Though not a straight-up drumming film, it is a must for any musician with band aspiration or participation. Good tunes, good script, good acting.
And I do love the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,656
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Guitarist comment on drummers

A guitar player who knows how to play RHYTHM guitar is as rare as a drummer who understands dynamics. Yeah, there are lots of these clowns who can wail, too bad they can't play actual songs. Hey, at...
Forum: Drums 10-03-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,798
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Snare for a $200 budget

I got a near mint Yamaha Maple Absolute 14X5.5 for two bills.
Just take your time.
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Possibly something special?

Wow says I. I like her style. +1 on those single-stroke rolls.

Good choice to provide the kit. Drums are an excellent "foundation instrument" for music in general. No doubt she wil develop...
Forum: Drums 09-15-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,880
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: The side snare

I occasionally set up a 10X5.5 Musashi Oak as a side snare. It is tuned a full Octave above my main 14X5. It's a sharp crack, and a good contrast. Good for funkier playing and reggae-ish bits....
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,267
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Musically, what are you involved with at the present?

One, named Backtrack.
Instrumentation: All guitars/dobro. Three-piece lyrically driven Americana/Country/Rock and Roll. Emphasis on songs/singing from which everything else follows. Lots of harmony...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,198
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Two and four groovy or... Not?

Damn Larryace, ya done said it.
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,470
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Drummers that can't tune drums.

I did not begin to play the drums until after I learned how to tune them. Or, I wasn't seduced by the trap kit until I applied the appropriate lipstick to the pig.

Being a guitarist/singer type...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,777
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: The Speed Obsession

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" says Bullwinkle J. Moose.
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 9,236
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Worst song ever

The field is rich (heavily fertilized), but instantly I recall These Boots Are Made for Walking and Who Let the Dogs Out.
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 9,236
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Worst song ever

The field is rich (heavily fertilized), but instantly I recall These Boots Are Made for Walking and Who Let the Dogs Out.
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,696
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Bo rants!

The good news: the bass player cares about the music.

The bad news: he can make a lot of extra work.

There are two kinds of musicians: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 863
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: What I Learned From Roy Burns 40-Years Ago

Didn't Buddy Rich say something like, "If you've got no single stroke roll, you've got nothing"?
Forum: Drums 07-13-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,796
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Trimmed down kits

Form follows function. Horses for courses.

My stripper is bass, snare, 13" K hats, and an 18" Dream Contact crash/ride. No toms. Great rig for folksy, roots/Americana/country. Brilliant fit in a...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,167
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Help - Meeting up with Guitarist

I like the open mic/jam thing when I'm not sure. The music store bit has potential as well.

There can be some real disappointments on Craigslist. There can also be good folks.
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,542
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: How do I get out of the "drumming blues"?

Set up a different rig at home. Example: Place hi hat pedal under opposite foot, use brushes on the snare, and just any one cymbal that is NOT your ride. No toms, no bass. Play along with a recording...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,620
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Do you ever stand back from your drums...


Mine aren't always set up, so it's all the more alluring when they are.

I sometimes ogle guitars as well. Oh yeah, motorcycle too. Come to think of it, I'm surrounded by beauty.

A drum...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,454
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: When Your Band Won't Gig

So odd...

I played in a band a couple years back that talked about the need to gig, and actually booked gigs.

The problem for me was that they skipped too many rehearsals. It was a five-piece,...
Forum: Drums 07-01-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,739
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Yamaha Drums

Drum Center of Portsmouth had a beautiful six piece about three weeks ago. It had an 18" kick, and they were kind of salt and pepper sparkle. Gorgeous.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,541
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Tuning "experts" mini rant

Now I know who all of the drummer jokes come from.

I think sticker boy even said something like "it doesn't really matter on the bass".

Of course, why listen when you can feel... the Force...
Forum: Drums 06-23-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,528
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: Little Jazz Drumset

A friend of mine recently acquired a Silverstar birch ply kit with a 16" kick drum.
I got a few minutes of play time on it, and it was very satisfying. And this was tuned up with factory heads. I...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By johnnylaw
Re: A Possible Gig with Acoustic Guitars - A Query

+1 on rods/rutes. Don't rule out brushes. I use dampening rings too in small coffee-house settings. This is where the K Light Flat Ride excels. I also place a large felt on the top of the high hat...
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