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Forum: Drums 07-15-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 138
Posted By alparrott
Re: Ludwig club date???

The current Club Dates have that vintage thing going on, with the center lugs and the ply mix/thickness. If you're okay with a kind of tubbier, more vintage voice, it should work for most of those...
Forum: Drums 07-15-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 346
Posted By alparrott
Re: Next Stage Custom?

I think the only things on your list likely to happen are the new finishes (always a possibility) and the fully finished hoops (dumb fad, IMHO). Incorporating the Hybrid lugs (which are themselves...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 328
Posted By alparrott
Re: Cymbal Brands

There isn't one, largely because the major cymbal brands pride themselves on having their own sounds. Among the biggest manufacturers, in my opinion probably the closest sounds between two...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 515
Posted By alparrott
Re: Aches in my hand

I found that Zildjian sticks were much worse at transmitting vibrations to my hands. I loved their feel but after about twenty minutes of playing my hands would be numb from the constant vibration...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By alparrott
Re: Do guitarists generally dislike rests on drums?

The guitarist in one of my bands does a lot of solo appearances at local senior homes, farmers' markets, etc. doing one-man-band stuff with looping pedals and such; he also shares lead vocal duties...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2018, 11:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By alparrott
Re: Do guitarists generally dislike rests on drums?

The rest is six or seven beats long, Lar. Sing the lyric to yourself. But if they can't figure where to come in while a very rhythmic vocal is happening, yeah... it's pretty inexcusable.
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By alparrott
Re: Do guitarists generally dislike rests on drums?

It depends. Some folks can count for themselves, and others can't.
Forum: Drums 07-11-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 342
Posted By alparrott
Re: Flaw in Green Glass Glitter finish

I'd move the mount to the other side of the drum and point that side back towards me - it'd probably be below the top rim of my snare.

But I wouldn't accept it at new or like-new price. That's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2,742
Views: 213,944
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your latest purchase?

I have been using fewer and fewer cymbals as time goes on, and I have been playing more music where I need a crashable ride. My main ride is a 20" K Custom - a wonderful, wonderful ride but about as...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 310
Posted By alparrott
Re: How do you practice?

I'm like trickg - my practice is centered on my working drumming. I play along to tracklists comprising the songs my bands play, and to learn new songs. I also have a tracklist that's songs that are...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By alparrott
Re: Dying Live Scenes, tale of two gigs

I don't know about all of you, but I think the best gigs I've had involved a clear connection between the audience and the band. I know it can and does happen in a stadium with upwards of 20,000...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 829
Posted By alparrott
Re: Passing On Experience

When thinking about gear, many young players focus on flashy finishes or name brands rather than on function. get a good, versatile snare drum and tune it well with good heads. It can be wood or...
Forum: Drums 07-10-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 584
Posted By alparrott
Re: 8 lug snare drums. Thoughts?

Glad you posted this, Grunts; I was going to post it myself.

I have owned 6, 8 and 10 lug snares. The shell is allowed to resonate more freely with fewer lugs (less mass attached to the shell) but...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 455
Posted By alparrott
Re: Boxy Sounding Drums?

When I think boxy, I think no tone, no sustain, no resonance. Just thud. The sound doesn't spread out, it sounds like the drum is a box, being hit while inside a box.

There's certainly...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By alparrott
Re: Trouble finding musicians

Unless you live in a major music city (NYC, LA, Nashville, Seattle), it can be extremely tough to make a full-fledged living on music with no other source of income. In my sleepy town in Central WA,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2,742
Views: 213,944
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your latest purchase?

This is the summer of new gear! This week's scores include a Sabian Quick Stick bag...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 1,736
Posted By alparrott
Re: Get better Andy!

Andy is too stubborn and contrary to let a little thing like a stroke keep him down. Come on back soon, buddy - we're all rooting for you.
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,505
Posted By alparrott
Re: Best shuffles?

To answer the OP's question, I have quit worrying and started to love the shuffle. Once my most hated beat, it has become a fun and enjoyable way to pass six to ten minutes of my gig.

On my covers...
Forum: Drums 07-08-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 711
Posted By alparrott
Re: Opinion poll

I like green, and so if those were the last two drumsets on Earth that's where I would probably vote; but if I'm honest I'm not crazy about either, as pictured.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-08-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 703
Posted By alparrott
Re: unusual notation

I used to play this in high school marching band - might have even been the same sheet music. Wow, takes me back!
Forum: Drums 07-06-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 708
Posted By alparrott
Re: 5 Inch Deep Snares

This thread has me thinking I might take my Standard to the gig tonight!
Forum: Drums 07-06-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 708
Posted By alparrott
Re: 5 Inch Deep Snares

I think 8" deep snares are the "it" thing, and thanks to the budget offerings from Pearl and Ludwig (among others), owning one is no longer a bank-breaker. And let's not forget the 8" Black Beauties...
Forum: Drums 07-06-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 708
Posted By alparrott
Re: 5 Inch Deep Snares

I owned exclusively 5" snares for years. I still own one: a 1971-ish Ludwig Standard aluminium snare. I love it for brushwork and anytime I need a poppy snare. It was the perfect snare for an 80s...
Forum: General Discussion 07-06-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,505
Posted By alparrott
Re: Best shuffles?

The ah-1, ah-2, ah-1, ah-2 feel that is notated makes a shuffle feel like a shuffle. The lilt and emphasis on that feel makes a shuffle. That's the key.
Forum: General Discussion 07-06-2018, 01:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,505
Posted By alparrott
Re: Best shuffles?

A shuffle is where the feel is in 6 or 12 rather than in four, and the music emphasizes the a-one, a-two feel (notated on the hi-hat in this example):
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