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Forum: Drummers 07-17-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 45,677
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz here!

I didn't even realize he was working on an album, but the likely tour was my first thought when I heard it was released. A Weird Al concert promises entertaining production, a rock-solid backing...
Forum: Drums 07-17-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 694
Posted By mymarkers
Re: What's the better option: new or used drum kit?

You won't find a great deal from Guitar Center, but you will find a whole bunch of good and not bad deals. How flexible are you on brand name, configuration, color, and other factors? If you don't...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-11-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,101
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Unique Sounds from a Standard Kit

Knock over a cymbal stand.
Knock over a tom stand.
Knock over a tom stand with a cymbal (or two) on it.
Hit the back of your left hand with the full force of a stroke with your right stick and...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,037
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Here's an idea

It's almost a shame you quit teaching once you figured that out. The best instructors I've had in any subject are those who understand that their life's passion may just be a hobby or curiosity to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,037
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Here's an idea

Some people just don't want to play the drums.

You can't really convince somebody to commit long-term to something they don't want to do. A person has to try a lot of different things to find the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 688
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I played this one in college. It's a lot of fun, but I can't offer much advice. Working with the bass player is definitely a great idea. Several of the most iconic tunes feature some really neat bass...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By mymarkers
Re: How to set up for this classical piece?

I've never played that one in particular, but my approach with multiple percussion parts is generally the same.

I start with pencil, paper, and the part. I look for the strictest constraints on...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,162
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Not sure if this has been brought up before...

Vinegar is my weapon-of-choice against persistent odors. At first, it seems like you've just replaced the odor with vinegar. Over time, the vinegar smell fades and nothing is left. I'm not sure...
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Jazz Band Tryout

Jazz band for me was intense. Auditions were the first week of September. By the middle of October, we had to play 30+ charts for a fundraising event; essentially, we were the band that played for a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Jazz Band Tryout

Auditions for drums in a school jazz band are a bit different than auditions for the concert band or marching band. You're probably accustomed to being given a few pieces to prepare for the audition...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,206
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Pros vs. Average Joe's

There are none. The difference between professional and amateur is everything else.

Professional is an attitude. Amateur is an attitude. That applies as well to drumming as software development. I...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 995
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

The difference? I can read one of the two.

I've given tabs a fair try. I have yet to find a situation in which they are useful. The same thing happens every time. I realize that I can figure it...
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,227
Posted By mymarkers
Re: What would happen if...

All of them. I started writing computer code when I was 8 or 9- about the same time I started piano lessons. The kids who grow up to become doctors and scientists are reading age-appropriate science...
Forum: General Discussion 05-20-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,227
Posted By mymarkers
Re: What would happen if...

I'd quit my day job, undersell you by 15%, and enjoy a hefty raise.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-19-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Why linear?

Because it preserves addition and scalar multiplication. (Sorry, reflex).

I've never given it much thought. I always assumed it's because linear stuff sounds way harder than it actually is. And...
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 809
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Should I criticise my singer

A 3-piece band whose singer has a low voice? Just quit shaving and learn to play the blues.

On one hand, it's a hobby band so you probably shouldn't do it unless you enjoy it. On the other hand,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 847
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Drum Lessons

You answered your own question. I've taken lessons on a variety of instruments from several different teachers. The biggest benefit is having a knowledgeable partner supporting your development.
...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 782
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Will it affect your ability to work with other musicians if you're tone deaf?

You just took a test online? I wouldn't worry too much until an actual expert or medical professional diagnoses you.

There's a huge difference between true tone deafness and just having a really...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,352
Posted By mymarkers
Re: College- What do i do!! :(

Commuting is just a cleverly disguised part-time job. A penny saved truly is not different from a penny earned. Take the cost of room and board, subtract the cost of driving, and divide by the time...
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,352
Posted By mymarkers
Re: College- What do i do!! :(

You really only have three choices.

1. Give up.
2. Find a way to afford it.
3. Find a way that you can afford.

Talk with your mom. Talk with teachers and counselors at the high school....
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 721
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Drums in checked baggage?

Call or visit Fedex, UPS, DHL, or other shippers and ask them. Those companies are all in the business of solving precisely this type of problem. UPS lets me redirect shipments addressed to my house...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,831
Posted By mymarkers
Re: What's YOUR favorite rudiment?

Just one? These are my favorites:

4. Any 16th-note based rudiment started on the 'e' or the 'ah'
3. Any triplet based rudiment played as 16th notes
2. Any 16th-note base rudiment played as...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,354
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Does anyone else hate splash cymbals?

Slash cymbals are almost useless. But when they're useful, there is absolutely no substitution.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-13-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,089
Posted By mymarkers
Re: At what point do you speed up exercises?

My approach is slightly different depending on whether it's a raw technical exercise, a part for a specific song, or something in between.

For a raw technical exercise, I like to have a specific...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By mymarkers
Re: Jazz band or percussion ensemble?

I would go with percussion ensemble. There are still plenty of opportunities to play jazz outside of school, but relatively few for percussion ensemble. Percussion ensemble in general is a lot of...
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