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Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 21
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Re: Drum covers, whats your strategies?

Apart from all the great comments, I can only add to get inside the story. What is the song about? Find a character that the drums are playing. Something like Mustang Sally, everyone and their poodle...
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,075
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Re: Soloing- the band stops

I think it all boils down to the melody for me. You can hear these New orleans guys constantly quoting the melody, or Jeff Hamilton playing the head, bending the skins even for pitch. I agree with...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2011, 07:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,075
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Re: Soloing- the band stops

One other thought I had was when someone yells drum solo!, I often think, I have been soloing all through the song! Zigaboo from the meters, if you isolated his track from the song he was soloing!
Forum: Drum Technique 06-17-2011, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,051
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Re: Reggae

I don't know of any books, but have just subbed in for a reggae band and had to learn tunes. I would youtube Marley and Sly Dunbar, Peter Tosh, Skatalites, Burning Spear..... A lot of it is shuffle...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,075
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Soloing- the band stops

I had a bit of a rant the other day during rehearsal. I know this has been discussed here before, but when the suggestion of a drum solo in a section of a tune comes, I cringe. The band stops, and...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,341
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Re: Sonic Identity?

I think I see your point on this process. You take the original, then add a new vocabulary to it, and your sonic identity is born. Clever, or you are a machine with widget breath!
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,443
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Re: Ethics..?

Jams are different. He has to bring his kit, set up tear down... with head wear etc, lets face it, the 'work' we do is before and after we play. Playing is playing. His attitude will dictate what...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2011, 04:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,341
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Re: Sonic Identity?

Me as well, that and writing my own music. The thing is we as drummers are mixing desks that play. The amount and range of frequencies we deal with on a simple 4 piece kit is huge. touch, tuning...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,341
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Re: Sonic Identity?

We are story tellers, so what ever sound identity you have is in your touch. The life one lives dictates that. Production is another thing. Gear is another thing. I agree with Art B on this, you are...
Forum: Drums 06-15-2011, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
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Re: 16x16 kick

Cheers, no it is a custom Whitney kit [ www.whitneydrums.com ]. It actually is an 18 kick with a 16 head. I was thinking about the powerstroke, but wondered if it was too heavy and one would have to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2011, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,428
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Re: Recording Equipment.....Please Help

Research Glyn Johns the famous British engineer. He revolutionized the recording of drums and beyond. I have 2 overheads, 2 tom mics, snare and kick. I record these to 2 tracks stereo on an adat...
Forum: Drums 06-15-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
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16x16 kick

Folks, I have tried many things, watched Gatzens videos, tried various aquarian heads, now I have emperor heads, but need to get my 16 kick [i know it is not a 22!!] as low as possible. I am leaning...
Forum: Drums 05-30-2011, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
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Re: 8" Tom ideas?

I agree with the thinner head concept. I have since tried an emperor, and the drum is dead. However for a reggae gig, i put on an ambass and cranked it, and the tom liked it alot. cut like a timbale,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,511
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Re: Drummer vs. Computer

Most musicians I know, know the value of human touch. When your musician friends start to hire machines, then there is a problem.I for one know that isn't going to be the case. Sure there are studio...
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2010, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,281
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Re: Getting Started Busking

Keep the set up simple, get a good hand cart, light weight will prove invaluable at the end of the day. Experiment with using toms on cowbell holders for kick drums etc. I made a kick out of a 14 tom...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2010, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,170
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Re: Favorite Latin Percussionists

Chanquito
Ray Baretta
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2010, 09:59 AM
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Views: 12,691
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Re: Alcohol and playing

I quit drinking full stop 14 years ago. I was coming home from the gig with 1/2 as much money because of the bar tab. I couldn't make a living otherwise. I still don't touch the stuff, simply because...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2010, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,603
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Re: Wives and Girlfriends at Gigs

My wife comes to the ones that are 'note able'. She is a good judge of how the night turns out. A good critic, that will say what she sees and not compliment easily. I do understand the 'alone' gigs...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,762
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Re: Your last gig

In a converted church at a Canterbury University in the UK. A jazz trio with some more bluesy originals. Nice concert situation. Went well.
Forum: Drum Technique 12-30-2009, 03:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,623
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Re: Playing crashes(crashing) in Jazz.

Crash if you want/ feel it, the music will dictate the context. rides can crash, crashes can ride, hi hats can do both, the kit is endless..........so many colours to choose, rock jazz whatever you...
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,362
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Re: On Stage Communication

Dynamics; you can't really rehearse this. Either it is there or not. You can rehearse where places can/ should go quieter, but dynamics is a sympathetic thing that comes from eating together.
Forum: General Discussion 11-29-2009, 08:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,728
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Re: Transporting your drums and "load in"

I use the www.whitneydrums.com Nesting kit, one bag for hardware and one case for drums and the stick and cymbal bags. With a luggage cart I can go on trains with a four piece kit!
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2009, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,844
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Re: Drumming & Psychology

I feel for you, and one thing I do is map out the whole song on paper, with problem areas highlighted, and have it by my kit on a clip board. Having the map next to me allows me to relax, with a...
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2009, 10:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,015
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Tony Allen - transcriptions?

I am looking for any beats from the great afro beat drummer Tony Allen transcribed. Tony is from Lagos, played with Fela Kuti for many years, and has influenced so many. His beats would a great...
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 14,379
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Re: Jazz drummers - having to lose the beat?

I feel it is important that musicians need to take risks. The occupation of a jazz drummer [or any genre] is just that; a risk taker. Perhaps if at this said concert, the drummer was initiating...
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