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Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 515
Posted By brentcn
Re: Aches in my hand

This nails it. Great test!

To the OP: learn to do full strokes in slow motion, while keeping the stick in the first crease of your index finger, and your thumb. Imagine a long pin stuck through...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,438
Posted By brentcn
Re: Have you ever have someone in the audience tells you your playing a song wrong?

There is some less-than-professional s**t happening in that video, but it's not the drums.

The drums sounded great. Playing a solid shuffle. Good tempo, good feel.

What the singer heard/felt...
Forum: Drums 07-09-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 775
Posted By brentcn
Re: Need some help choosing a snare.

The main thing is to start listening, and Supraphonics are as good a place to start as any.

Supraphonics are indeed great. They're a very standard design, too -- steel shell with a roundover...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-04-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 831
Posted By brentcn
Re: How did you start getting "loose" on difficult fills?

This is/was definitely part of getting comfortable with fills for me -- just doing basic fills over and over, and combining short fills into longer ones. But I also had some great lessons on...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-02-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By brentcn
Re: Real-life examples of rudiments applied to drumset?

Apart from paradiddle family rudiments, doubles, and singles? That leaves... flams, ratamacues, and swiss rudiments.

The dirty truth is that most song-oriented drum set playing is NOT "rudimental"...
Forum: Drums 06-26-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 398
Posted By brentcn
Re: Beginner Acoustic?

Tom mounts are super important, but it's the sort of thing you have to try yourself to really appreciate. Yamaha tom mounts are the best, even better than the Mapex, and they put them on all their...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Posted By brentcn
Re: New Drummer Needing Advice

That's a big kit! For the most part, fills will use 1 or 2 rack toms, and 1 floor tom, so you could leave off two toms and a floor tom if you wanted. Most songs will require hi-hats, a crash, a ride,...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-25-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 485
Posted By brentcn
Re: keeping the rim click steady and consistent in sound

1. Yes, the stick is backwards. The butt end of the stick strikes the rim.

2. The stick is probably wandering because you have the stick underneath your fingers, and not underneath your hand. The...
Forum: Drums 06-25-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By brentcn
Re: Drum tuning Differences

That's convenient for sure, but I'd want a wider spread than this. I'd tune the 12 and 16 an octave apart, then have the 14 as the 5th, for example, 16 = F, 14 = C, 12 = F up an octave.
Forum: Drums 06-24-2018, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By brentcn
Re: Drum tuning Differences

I play both set ups, and... not usually.

On the two toms, I like to tune to 4ths, starting low, and going up, so my 16" is a C, and my 12" is an F. The 12" is pretty low on this kit, at the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-22-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 963
Posted By brentcn
Re: Help with French grip technique

1. Stop slugging the cymbal loudly with a thick, heavy stick, with so much tension in your hand and wrist. Of course this causes pain.

2. There are different kinds of pain. There is the sharp,...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-21-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Order of study: moeller, finger technique, push-pull

Yes! Working on open/close/push/pull definitely had the additional benefit of improving my doubles, and my rudiment playing more generally. Prior to this, my technique was very much at a stand-still,...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Order of study: moeller, finger technique, push-pull

This assumes that our guy is sitting around, perfecting techniques, without playing music. Does anyone here know this to be true? How? Was there another post about this? And even if it is true -- why...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Order of study: moeller, finger technique, push-pull

You don't know what music you might be making in 10 or 20 years.

I'm really struggling to see how "learning music" and "learning techniques" are mutually exclusive things. You can do both, at the...
Forum: Drums 06-16-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By brentcn
Re: Gretsch badge question

They will, if you specify you want it that way. My USA Custom has two badges on each rack tom. Most likely, you can send in your 12" tom and have them add another badge, if you wanted. It's usually...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-11-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,040
Posted By brentcn
Re: Beat Timing Question

This is pretty easily done. Get your hands on some multi-track sessions, or record some yourself, and start sliding the instruments around (i.e. bass shifted back, guitar shifted ahead, and so on).
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Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,549
Posted By brentcn
Re: What are some of the coolest beats tha you've ever heard?

Love this groove. It's funkier here, live, than the studio album version. Nothing but kick, snare, and hi-hat the whole way. One crash, right at the end. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqCNIhJzc2c)
Forum: Drums 06-08-2018, 01:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 829
Posted By brentcn
Re: What are my drums worth and best way to sell

Now here's a kit with class! Shine 'em up, set them up like you'd actually play them, and take the best pictures you can. You'll probably get $2000, even with the cosmetic issues.

That's a nice...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 4,148
Posted By brentcn
Re: Why the same songs, when so many to choose from?

Sounds like a very well-run band! Give me a shout if you ever need a sub! :)
Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By brentcn
Re: Looking for a specific drum set method book

Eh, take each genre you want to learn, and learn 3 songs from that genre. You'll learn as much or more about each style than you would from a book that offers a few "beats".

Sometimes, if a style...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 4,148
Posted By brentcn
Re: Why the same songs, when so many to choose from?

We're all speaking about performing as a drummer in wedding bands in the USA. Sometimes you'll play a set of jazz while the guest have drinks and hors d'oeuvres, sometimes not. Then, you'll play a...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Order of study: moeller, finger technique, push-pull

All at once, without question. Begin each session with stretches, and then finger exercises. You want to go into each session with as much flexibility and dexterity as possible.

The truly...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,278
Posted By brentcn
Re: Order of study: moeller, finger technique, push-pull

All of them, without question. Take some slow-motion video to examine your technique closely.
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 4,148
Posted By brentcn
Re: Why the same songs, when so many to choose from?

In NYC, the rent/mortgage is also triple, and the pay reflects that.

I'm in the corporate/wedding band scene too (although in Michigan, and the pay is about a third of what it is in NYC, due to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 4,148
Posted By brentcn
Re: Why the same songs, when so many to choose from?

Why? Because those same 20 are well-known, upbeat, songs that people like to sing along and shake booty to after they've enjoyed a couple beverages. Some people just like to unwind this way.

It's...
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