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Forum: Drummers 12-30-2018, 12:15 AM
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Forum: General Discussion 12-25-2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,536
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Re: I wonder if Neil Peart will ever play again?

It was very clear a while back there would be no more Rush tours or albums - and that's fine. Time marches on...

However, I was just a little saddened to learn a few days ago that my favourite...
Forum: General Discussion 11-29-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,229
Posted By supermac
Re: Albums that had a huge impact on your current playing?

Led Zep II
Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures - Rush
Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
Crosswinds - Billy Cobham
There And Back - Jeff Beck (Simon Philips)

More recently:

Fears Of A Blank...
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2018, 01:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,536
Posted By supermac
Re: I wonder if Neil Peart will ever play again?

My favourite ever drummer. I thank him for all the years of inspiration and wish him well in retirement. He's left a fantastic body of work.

I saw Neil and Rush four times in the UK in the early...
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 700
Posted By supermac
Re: Drumset beat books and fills

I've really enjoyed this book.

Has notation, audio CD, and online video examples.

You can get it on Amazon.

http://jostnickel.com/en/fill-book/
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2018, 02:21 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By supermac
Re: Drinking beer at a gig

A regular topic...

I've enjoyed a beer - or two - at almost every gig I've played over the last 30-odd years.

I play in a weekend bar band. I want to play well and I don't drink too much.
...
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2018, 02:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,031
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

Despite years of playing, I know that my 'inner clock' - and a I would guess, most of the people on here - is imperfect.
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,948
Posted By supermac
Re: Anyone covered Tom Sawyer on a small kit?

I covered the song on a 'small' kit when it came out.

As others have said, Bonham triplets sound fine for the second solo fill (after the guitar solo). No-one will notice.

From memory, the only...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,890
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming advice you've ever received?

Point three is clearly a highly accurate assessment.
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2018, 12:50 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,890
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming advice you've ever received?

When I was a kid, I was advised: "Make sure you have your crash cymbals really, really high ... because it looks better!"
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,860
Posted By supermac
Re: No Talent Hack, But Loving It....

Sadly, I'm not convinced that just ANYONE can play the drums so long as they put the hours in.

As one or two others have said, some people just possess a natural physical and mental predisposition...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,040
Posted By supermac
Displacing a groove by 1/16th note - how do you do it?!

I've been practicing with displacement lately and really enjoying it.

Watching my Gavin Harrison DVDs and Matt Garstka on YouTube has been an eye-opener.

I'm reasonably comfortable with 1/8th...
Forum: Drummers 05-09-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1,120
Views: 242,520
Posted By supermac
Re: Neil Peart

Love Rush. Love NP. For me, 1980 to 1984 was their golden era.
For a young drummer starting out, the playing was a revelation.
Neil never played or sounded better than he did in the early 1980s....
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,073
Posted By supermac
Re: Steve Gadd Question Finally Answered

Always wondered about that too...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,452
Posted By supermac
Re: Imagine Bonham and Porcaro..

Liked it.

Made me smile when Bonham moved to the ride cymbal.
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,001
Posted By supermac
Re: Drum Solo/Fill Letdowns

No-mark drum teacher's take on the most influential, critically-acclaimed and commercially successful rock drummer of all time...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,191
Posted By supermac
Re: is a lack of fills a problem for a first gig?

Even if you don't play fills in a song, you can still give the drum part some interest and musicality by orchestrating the surfaces you're 'riding' on.

Maybe try changing up between verse, chorus...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2018, 01:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,616
Posted By supermac
Re: Favorite drummer surprise you?

Quite common, probably.

Been watching/listening to some Rush performances from the late 70s/into the 80s, and I was surprised how swift some of NP's tempos were.

They did settle down in the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,241
Posted By supermac
Re: Top Cowbell songs!

Good Times, Bad Times and Houses Of The Holy - Led Zep

You Fool No-one - Deep Purple

And, for a very different use of cowbells, Xanadu - Rush
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2018, 12:43 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,043
Posted By supermac
Re: What's the worst drumming mistake you've heard on a professional recording?

Not the greatest mistake of all time but there's clearly a 8th note snare drum flub at 1.26 on this 1976 disco classic More, More, More, by Andrea True Connection.

I was a kid at the time and was...
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2018, 12:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 963
Posted By supermac
Purdie/Bonham/Porcaro half-time shuffle?

So we have Jeff Porcaro with Rosanna in 1982; John Bonham with Fool In The Rain in 1979; and Bernard Purdie with Home At Last in 1977.

These are the three famous oft-quoted half-time shuffle...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2017, 12:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,307
Posted By supermac
Sir Ringo Starr...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42504660
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2017, 01:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,371
Posted By supermac
Re: Do you necessarily like to play the drums to the music you like?

I play in a blues band and have played with the same guys for years around UK bars.

In some ways, it's more like a night out with your mates drinking a few beers, but you also take your drum kit...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 13,033
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

Yes, don't know where it comes from, especially as I love the playing of Buddy Rich, John Bonham and, from today, Benny Greb - among others - who play/ed one up and one or two down! Odd.
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 13,033
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your drum setup pet peeve?

I know it's classic, iconic, and it's how our instrument evolved...

And I know some of the greatest players of all time use and have used the set-up...

And it was also the set-up I first...
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