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Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,240
Posted By Mark_S
Re: anyone else have trouble tuning a sonor kit?

I have an Sonor S Class Pro .. I hadn't really noticed they were that much harder to tune, maybe a little bit. I've always struggled to tune any kit though ;-) I had the bearing edges done when I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,102
Posted By Mark_S
Re: I'm a jaded music industry guy

I'm not really into drum line, but after a quick comparison I think I preferred the old school sound. It's a like a lot of modern stuff .. very clean, too clean, almost sterile.

As for the OP .....
Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Having trouble with right stick hand...suggestions please?

This might be completely irrelevant, but one thing that helped me recently was realising I was trying to grab the stick with my little finger all the time (as well as the fulcrum out front) - this...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 912
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Drumming dreams

Oddly, no.

I've had surreal dreams before where I've been working until the early hours on a horrible job, like many years ago while still at college I'd be setting up events until the early hours...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,742
Posted By Mark_S
Re: You and your practice regimen, come clean

Now that I have my little residence room as of this month and can practise on my acoustic kit, my practise time has gone up way more (it helps that I need to justify the cost of the room!). It's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 917
Posted By Mark_S
Re: News from the UK premier fans FB page

I guess its all relative. My Signia snare is definately heavier than the Sonor snare, mind you my Sonor kit seem light compared to my XPK kit. They sound very different too.

I think it was all...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 917
Posted By Mark_S
Re: News from the UK premier fans FB page

The Signia was my first love when it comes to drum kits. I remember playing one in the shop window of "The Academy Of Sound" in Leicester (long since closed down) before buying an XPK (I just...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,286
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Timing test

851.. I can live with that.
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Where's all the gear?

I still have my first proper drum kit that I bought new in 1997 with my student grant money. A Premier XPK, and I still have the receipt. The owner of the shop drove me down to the famous Premier...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,057
Posted By Mark_S
Re: My physical issues and my drumming

I don't like the heavy shouty stuff. I like the melodic stuff usually with female vocal. For example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDJpf2mQ0w4

I certainly don't peg my masculinity to it. It's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 745
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Are 20" Bass Drums Easier To Play On Than 22"

Same here; feeling too much bounce for some reason disturbs me. Feels floppy when I lay into it rather than solid. That's why I like loads of laundry inside the drum too. I felt less bad about...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,322
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Less Playing = More Kudos

I like subtle playing with tasty little flurrishes here and there, that just make you go "oohhh nice" occasionally. A well placed kick drum, or ghost on the snare, or hi-hats..
Depends on the style...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Boy, I am having a difficult time starting a new project.

I've always likened it to dating ..

But yes I've noticed too in my area everyone just wants to play hardcore speed metal (mostly kids).
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,057
Posted By Mark_S
Re: My physical issues and my drumming

Yes I found the statement about "growing out of it" a bit condescending and elitist too, something I didn't expect on this forum. I'm a fan of metal (mostly symphonic metal, think "Within...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-29-2015, 01:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,066
Posted By Mark_S
Re: How tense are you when you play?

I've been through phases: I used to play fairly loose, then over the years in an effort to fix certain things I became tense, even just practising or rehearsing with the band.

Then one day very...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By Mark_S
Re: I may have been doing it wrong all this time..

I'm already subscribed on Bill's site, I started that before I had the realisation (just a few days ago).

I can't believe how bad it feels when I switch to my old grip while playing now. The bad...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,059
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Radar Love (Golden Earring) ... Fast shuffle!

It's surprisingly easy to do those little bits once you get the groove going... if you slow the tempo down! But at 200bpm I go into convulsions (I can't get JoJo saying that out of my head, cracks...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Displacement (Van Halen - Jump, Middle 8)

Some of us aren't so talented :p

I'll keep working on it!

I've also got to do Radar Love ..... Arrgh!!!
Forum: General Discussion 05-26-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Displacement (Van Halen - Jump, Middle 8)

Yes I think you're right, looks like bell of ride remains mostly on the quarter note pulse. I must have been on another planet when I read it before, I was sure it displaced as well :-(

Madness...
Forum: General Discussion 05-26-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Displacement (Van Halen - Jump, Middle 8)

Umm, if you look at the transcription the right hand is on the bell of the ride and not on the beat. It is displaced like everything else by 1 quarter note. When I initially listened I thought the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-26-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Mark_S
Displacement (Van Halen - Jump, Middle 8)

At 2.14 : -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwYN7mTi6HM

The drums switch between normal and displaced and I'm having trouble getting my head round it.

The transcription is here:
...
Forum: General Discussion 05-26-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,371
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Guru snare competition results!

I must have missed this thread.

Congrats to the winners!! :-)

Would be great to have some feedback on our individual entries! Hope mine wasn't too diabolical, my excuse is my lack of...
Forum: General Discussion 05-26-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By Mark_S
I may have been doing it wrong all this time..

For years and years, if I play too much I've been getting odd pains mostly in my right hand, most notably my wrist and the back (top side) of my hand. My hand would sometimes get really tired...
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,059
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Radar Love (Golden Earring) ... Fast shuffle!

Thanks everyone, the 2 links are very helpful.

Bermuda you're right, it isn't that fast, I just don't shuffle anywhere near enough. It is now on my regular practise routine!

:-)
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,147
Posted By Mark_S
Re: 2015 Guru Snare Competition Entry Details - ENDS SOON!

They disappeared for a while (which is why my version has the click track still!) but they are back on the site now.

http://www.gurudrums.co.uk/#!snare-competition/c1lag
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