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Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 21
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Re: Drumming as Art

This might sound odd...but try sitting down and playing abstract ideas. Like playing a drum solo about walking in a forest, or getting in a fight. Or winter into spring or something.
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 920
Re: Who "invented" the rock beat?

Steve Smith has a DVD on "History of the US Beat."
He says that when rock and roll first started recording, there were no rock and roll session drummers, only jazz guys. So they would "swing" the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Re: It's hard to start a band, when you're a Drummer

I was always frustrated that I could never submit songs to my band. Through MIDI I am figuring out how to do so.
I used to compose a complex drum part in Cakewalk in the "staff view." Then I would...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,231
Re: When soundmen attack

Soundman is one of those jobs where it is a prerequisite to be grumpy, similar to computer techs and auto mechanics.

I once got reamed out by a soundman for having two bass drums. He basically...
Forum: Drums 11-24-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,476
Re: Acrylic snares???? gen me up

I use the Crush 14" acrylic. I love the drum. Here is some video of it in a live context. This is when I just got it and was still dialing in the sound.

Forum: Drummers 11-18-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 18,567
Re: Mike Mangini

Holy crap- if you really listen to what is happening with "The Enemy Inside"- it's an amazing drum track.
The way the guy changes time sigs and throws out insane fill is just cool. He has to be one...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,273
Re: The Drummer's Journal

Excellent! Man, that thing looks like a shit-ton of work.
I produced an indie mag. People don't realize the amount of effort and time it takes to do something that looks that good.
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Re: Joe Morello: I Couldn't Play Jo Jone's Bass Drum

Speaking of Big Sid- my Dad used to check him out when he was growing up in Chicago. Dad said that if people talked during Big Sid's solo, he would get up from the drums and go sit at the bar until...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,773
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

I have a friend who KILLS it on electronic kits. Odd meters out the whazoo- he can tear up those big band songs on the Roland kit.

He can't play an acoustic kit at all. Whether it's mental or not,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,773
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

Those are definitely points I hadn't considered. Also, drumming is really a different beast than a melodic instrument. Piano skills probably convert to keyboard better than rudiments to a tonal...
Forum: General Discussion 10-14-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,773
Re: What's your take on electronic drum sets?

In a broader sense, I find it interesting that drummers did not take to electronic drums the way guitarists and pianists took to the electrification of their instruments.
Drummers are very...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,935
Re: Guitarist comment on drummers

SOME guitarists think the job of the drummer is nothing more than to make them sound good. I guess that is true in many contexts, but it's not the status quo.

Ever "jam" with a guitarist and they...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,138
Re: What is your opinion of this Billy Cobham review?

I think he went overboard by calling the music "decadent." If you consider old men soloing too much "decadent," what do you think of KISS spitting fire, Prince humping his guitar, or any other forms...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,138
Re: What is your opinion of this Billy Cobham review?

I sensed a little pre-judging against fusion. If he's young, I could see why.
His problem seems to be more with the musical form. If he's offended by flashy solos, he's at the wrong show.
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,138
What is your opinion of this Billy Cobham review?

This Washington Post blogger didn't like the show much..

This is not an invitation to criticize the author, just wondering what the take is on his comments of "indulgence" and BC being too loud.
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,085
Re: Producers killed instrumentalists

Thanks Bermuda, it's great to have the perspective of a pro.
I'm not really offended by this dynamic- I do find it interesting. I noticed as a kid reading "Modern Drummer" there was always...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,770
Re: The Speed Obsession

Drummers seem the most focused on speed than any other instrument. Maybe guitar players admire speed, but usually to a lesser degree.

You ever hear a singer get excited about how fast another...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,085
Re: Producers killed instrumentalists

My goal is to compose a drum solo that she would find interesting. It's a tall order, but I like a challenge. Mostly she finds my practice pad irritating. :)
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,085
Re: Producers killed instrumentalists

Great points in this thread, including this one.
Bruford admits that he was insanely lucky. They were handing out record deals to British musicians like candy around that time. (to think that the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,085
Producers killed instrumentalists

Something in Bill Bruford's book got me thinking- at some point in time, producers took over the art and business of music-making from instrumentalists.
Does anybody else get a little miffed by the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-04-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,622
Re: Ringo's Drumming: Harder Than It Looks

I had that issue MD and remember that interview. He said he got threats when he came out about it. But I don't remember him saying he played every song on those albums.
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,386
Re: Songs that make you do a double-take when you sit to down to play them


I moonlight in a cover band and had to learn some of their songs.

"Here Comes the Sun"- fun little pop diddy, right? Nope- It's got pauses, it's got the 11/8 walkdown and lots of...
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Re: Terry Bozzio: The Evolution of His "Giant Sculpture"

Going to see him in a couple of weeks in DC and looking very forward to it!

He seems to take his craft very seriously. In one interview he was talking about going to therapy and then figuring out...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Re: Looking for Jazz solos in 3/4 to transcribe

The only solo in 3/4 I am aware of is "The Drum Also Waltzes." But since you've been transcribing Roach, you've probably heard of that.

Bruford did a version of TDAW on the album "Flags."
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,239
Re: Not doing a gig because of the venue

My one and only rule for venues:

I will never play anywhere that has a salad bar in the same room.
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