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Forum: Drums 03-05-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,668
Posted By vindrums
Re: Small and easy to transport drum kit

You are always going to make some kind of sacrifice when looking at small "portable" drum kits. Over the years, I've tried almost all of them. From Yamaha Hip Gigs to Modern Drum shop nesting...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,595
Posted By vindrums
Re: Creating A Versatile Kit

Although I agree with all the comments about how important the musician is in regards to versatility, the gear does play a role as well.

From my experience as a musical theater drummer,( where I...
Forum: Drums 10-28-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,534
Posted By vindrums
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats vs Sonor Safari

I purchased the Breakbeats Kit a few months ago and have to admit that i have been pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy playing it. It really sounds quite good for what it is (an entry level kit...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 898
Posted By vindrums
Re: Looking for marimba/xylophone + piano music

Check out Steve Weiss music. They have the most extensive collection of percussion music I've seen. They also list the accomp. and difficulty grade.

If you are looking for suggestions as to...
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,621
Posted By vindrums
Re: Something of a Professional Drummer

As a member of two AFof M unions, I am a huge advocate of making sure that musicians are paid for their services...however, there are some opportunities that are just so unique that they deserve a...
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,823
Posted By vindrums
Re: Is there such a thing as 1 time?

To answer the original question...yes, there is such a thing as a "One" time signature.

I have seen "One" approached several ways. Most often, "One" is a more economical way of feeling or...
Forum: General Discussion 11-21-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,643
Posted By vindrums
Re: Most versatile and best sounding kit for $1,500?

Ludwig Classic Maples are a great option if you are loking for versatility. They sound great throughout the entire tuning spectrum, from low rumbles to high bebop and everything in between. You can...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,151
Posted By vindrums
Re: Cheaper version of Rock & roller Cart Please Help !!

I use a simple hand truck from Home Depot. Make sure you get one that can lay down flat. I think mine cost around $50 and it works like a charm. I wheel the thing all over NYC when I need to. I...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-15-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,061
Posted By vindrums
Re: To all working drummers

The ability to read is extremely important if you want to diversify and expand the type of gigs you are playing. For instance, if you want to get into musical theater, session work or even...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,199
Posted By vindrums
Re: Rivets or Sizzler?

The Rattler is the larger bead version...you will probably like The Sizzler better. The Sizzler has a more traditional sound and won't muffle the cymbal as much. I have both products and they are...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,382
Posted By vindrums
Re: Two rides?

The music should really determine the cymbal setup. Since I do mostly theater work, the music has a tendancy to be stylistically all over the place...so I tend to use 2 different ride cymbals with 2...
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By vindrums
Re: Playing in "1"

In this case the concept of playing in "1" has more to do with breaking away from the traditional "swing" pattern. By thinking of each beat individually instead of a four beat "pattern" we are freed...
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,858
Posted By vindrums
Re: Which pro set gives most bang for the buck?

I highly recommend Ludwig Classic Maples. The most bang for your buck...and an absolutely timeless classic design!!!
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,180
Posted By vindrums
Re: Double bass or not?

It's a good tool to have in your arsonal. It really depends on what kind of music you are playing. I would'nt consider bringing a double pedal to a jazz gig. Then again, it would be a required...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,324
Posted By vindrums
Re: Guys Who Practice -- Guys Who Don't

Steve Smith is the perfect example of a drummer who will never stop evolving...don't you think he could have easily stopped practicing and progressing after his time with Journey? For many of us,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,324
Posted By vindrums
Re: Guys Who Practice -- Guys Who Don't

I'm sure that's what he always thought...then again, who is sitting in the drum throne of his old gig now?

When I was in college, I was a huge Dream Theater fan...as were most of the drummers and...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 06:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,122
Posted By vindrums
Re: How much will you compromise when sharing another drummer's kit?

You should try subbing on Broadway someday. If the kit is'nt to your liking TOUGH...learn to play that kit!!! Adjust nothing, move nothing...afterall, you are only the sub.

Personally, I enjoy...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,324
Posted By vindrums
Re: Guys Who Practice -- Guys Who Don't

I think you would avoid a ton of negativity if you simply restate your arguement to "Guys who are polished players vs raw/unpolished players"

Once you start assuming that a certain player...
Forum: Drums 05-30-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,885
Posted By vindrums
Re: Drum Colors & Gigs

I don't believe that drum finishes really matter to anyone other then other drummers. Tony Williams played those bright yellow drums for years...I highly doubt anyone every tried to kick him off the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,143
Posted By vindrums
Re: For Those Who Dislike The Beatles

Ironically I dislike both the Beatles and Bach. Appreciating history and liking the musical output of a certain artist or group of artists are two seperate things. I am well versed in the music of...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,340
Posted By vindrums
Re: I need help!!!

I think that the drumming community in general does not stress the importance of musical literacy enough. Being a literate musician opens up a wider range of employment opportunities.

Most of my...
Forum: Drums 05-16-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,608
Posted By vindrums
Re: Ludwig Maple Classics VS. Gretsch USA

I was faced with the same dillema last year. The best advice I can give you is to let your ears make the decision for you. Both drum companies make amazing drums and the USA and classic maple...
Forum: Drums 06-06-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,154
Posted By vindrums
Re: Ludwig Keystone vs. Classic vs. Legacy

I would highly recommend the Classic Maple line These drums are extremely versitile. They are warm and resonant when necessarry and low and punchy when necessarry. These drums speak clearly...
Forum: Drums 06-06-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,621
Posted By vindrums
Re: Ludwig: Black Beauty vs. Black Magic...What's the Difference?

As a Musical Theater drummer, I am constantly leaving my equiptment in differtent "pits" for extended periods of time. For obvious reasons I am always a bit worried when I have to leave one of my...
Forum: Drums 04-15-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,724
Posted By vindrums
Re: Seriously Yamaha

I actually can sympathize with you. I just went through the same thing with my Ludwig Classic Maples. The preconfigured offerings from ludwig were also pretty wacky in regards to shell depths. I...
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