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Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Smoke
Re: Joe Cocker: The Only Singer To Make A Beatles Song Sound Even Better

If you've got 4 minutes, this is worth a watch. Try to listen to the singing and read the captions. You can always go back and watch Joe's performance.

Just priceless.
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,619
Posted By Smoke
Re: What makes music classic, timeless?

Timeless? Classic?

Music that is universally admired or enjoyed regardless of who is enjoying or admiring the content.

It could be the music, the lyrics, the performers or some combination,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Smoke
Re: Kind of an odd question?

Strangely, I practice with my "boom box" AND headphones. I wiggle the headphones' 1/8 inch mini-stereo plug into the boom box jack - not all the way though - and get stereo output to both speakers...
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By Smoke
Re: RIP Aker Bilk

Not just 'Acker Bilk," but "Mr. Acker Bilk."

Good memories. Mom and Dad had his albums when I was a kid. I'd bet that if I went spelunking in Dad's basement, those old albums would turn up.
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 855
Posted By Smoke
Re: Deceptively cool and challenging drum tracks...

You may have an absolute ball with Linda Ronstadt's version of "Love is a Rose."


I'm pretty sure it's Russ Kunkle on drums. Easy to follow but tough...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,144
Posted By Smoke
Re: Anyone suggest good drum bags?

Another here too. I originally purchased them as H&B bags are made in USA, only to find out these are made in China. One anomaly in the stitching on one of six bags I own - does not affect the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By Smoke
Re: That moment.....when the band are 'on it'....

Maybe I'm mis-quoting, and maybe I really don't want to know, but I have to ask: did the crowd want more of your drumming or did they want you to disrobe?!?

I guess you had to be there to know...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,123
Posted By Smoke
Re: Extra sharp chisel 1 - finger 0 :(

Bloody Hell!

Whoops, I mean Bloody Finger!

My old Dad always said that it's the dull tool that causes an injury - it forces YOU to do the work instead of the tool, which forces the tool into...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Smoke
Re: Advice on drum additions

+1 on what Kamak and James said.

Don't forget to experiment with tuning your mounted toms - you can cover a lot of territory with heads and tuning. After you play a while, you'll know how to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,084
Posted By Smoke
Re: "Play something." What do you play?

I fire back, "Name a song where you know the drum part and I'll give it a whack." Followed quickly by, "Playing the drum part of a song is like eating a sandwich with no filler - it's just bread. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,902
Posted By Smoke
Re: Hi hats and air lock, no luck.

I agree with everyone who said it's something mechanical. I'd probably replace the bottom sleeve and both felts or maybe try grommets.

But the only known permanent cure to vapor locking hats is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,931
Posted By Smoke
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

Gary Thain of Uriah Heep and Tommy Bolin.

Both were masters of their respective instruments.

I can't imagine how their careers would have progressed if they were still both alive.
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By Smoke
Re: Annoying Sounds

Funny - Doc Watso hasn't chimed in yet. Please allow me a feeble attempt to reveal the flip side of Uncle Larry's feel-good coin.

You've been drumming for 18 months?!? If you can't play as well...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By Smoke
Re: 100 Most Influential Drummers......Who The Hell Are They?

The poster designer seems to be in university in Belgium.

I'm betting the poster is a one-off college project and others don't exist or aren't widely distributed.

Sadly the photos are a bit out...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,026
Posted By Smoke
Re: Drummers who don't use cymbal stoppers

I don't hit hard, but do use 1/4 inch thick felts on top with Tama plastic wingnuts at the very top of the thread. These:
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,016
Posted By Smoke
Re: The "I wish I hadn't opened my big mouth" thread ;)

You could always reposition a boulder or two in your garden and "drop" one on your big toe.

"Gee, I'd love to play, but my toe is knackered - I'll have to sit this one out. Maybe next year?!?
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,001
Posted By Smoke
Re: You know you're a drummer when...

Your car's license plate reads:

Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,789
Posted By Smoke
Re: Favorite Song to Rock out To?

Tops on my list is Toto's Hold the Line.

Jeff Porcaro on "Hold the Line", in a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer:

"That was me trying to play like Sly Stone's original drummer, Greg Errico,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,159
Posted By Smoke
Re: Looking for songs with straight in the pocket drumming.

CCR seems to fit that bill most of the time. Some syncopated stuff now and then, but typical straight four-on-the-floor.
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,398
Posted By Smoke
Re: Best Advice You've Been Given

"Measure twice; cut once."

Dad (now 86 years old)

Apparently I listened. I've been a metrologist for the past 31 years and I'm still measuring.

Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,331
Posted By Smoke
Re: Whats the weirdest thing you ever broke on your kit during a gig?

I haven't had gear break during a show (not a steady gigger), but did did lose power to an outdoor stage in the middle of "Margaritaville." The acoustic guitar and I played right through to the end...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,989
Posted By Smoke
Re: Ok - bearing edges :)

If you're not going to write a book, how about an info-mercial on television?? :-)

If nothing else, transcribe your tutorials to the Guru website - unless of course, that offers prospective...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,816
Posted By Smoke
Re: How much air is in between your hi-hats?

Bottom hat tilted toward me about 1/4 inch (6 mm) lower than the back. When at rest, the back of the hats are about 3/4 inch (20 mm) apart; with my foot on the pedal, that distance closes to about...
Forum: General Discussion 02-04-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,865
Posted By Smoke
Re: What is resonance, & why does it matter.

Does "timber species" = "timbre species"?

Likely the first 'drum' was a hollow log, with the doppler effect compressing the air to act as a head. So, even a hollow log doesn't exhibit the pure...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By Smoke
Re: It's Tax Time

Between the federal and state governments, I owe $33 USD. When I want something, I just buy it - no need to wait for some return of over-paid taxes.

Of course, all purchases over $50 must be...
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