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Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 582
Posted By brentcn
Re: Keeping time when no one else is...

Which is the key. If your time wavers when you hear another player fall out of time, you are enabling that musician to continue to make the same mistake, by following his/her poor rhythm. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-10-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By brentcn
Re: Anyone Good With Time Signatures?

Touche! F***ing 16th notes...

Btw, TB, your Zappa transcriptions came in handy a few weeks ago!
Forum: Drum Technique 04-10-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By brentcn
Re: Anyone Good With Time Signatures?

7/8 + 7/8 + 5/8 + 7/8 + 7/8 + 5/8
Forum: Drum Technique 04-08-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By brentcn
Re: how to learn patterns that go over the bar line

Truly sorry to hear that.

Try this: write out 4 measures of 16th notes (on one surface -- snare, hi-hat, doesn't really matter), and quarter notes on the bass drum. With the hands, use a simple...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By brentcn
Re: how to learn patterns that go over the bar line

In order to play this type of thing effectively and evenly, you'll need to be aware of both the time signature of the pattern you are playing, as well as the time signature of the piece overall -- a...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-05-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 509
Posted By brentcn
Re: Need help with solos

A bit late to the party, but just want to add:

Developing vocabulary can be tricky, even for an advanced player. You can, and probably should, steal some licks, but they're just licks, so in the...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-28-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 772
Posted By brentcn
Re: Unable to use fills I've been practicing for hours in my band

*SIGH*

Yes.

No offense, Palo. Originally, you asked a question that gets to the heart of why playing drums is so difficult, and got lots a great, nuanced responses from intelligent drummers.
...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-27-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 772
Posted By brentcn
Re: Unable to use fills I've been practicing for hours in my band

No. Over time, you won't have the same trouble you're now having in new situations. Learning is cumulative, usually, so if you start practicing in the way that Dazz (and many others) recommend,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By brentcn
Re: OH technique - front to back?

Sweet playing!

But those overheads are bull$$$$. You can hear the crashes wander from right to left as it sustains, and the hi-hats are way out to both sides of the mix. The engineer (or the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By brentcn
Re: Want to go to Berklee for Music Ed degree - unrealistic?

Your heart's in the right place, but do you think you might also enjoy teaching kids to play the type of music that they are passionate about? Of course it's nice when students want to learn...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By brentcn
Re: OH technique - front to back?

Were the mics angled? They could have been placed front to back, but if one diaphragm was aimed left and the other right, it could be fine. Ask to hear the overheads solo'd, and listen for the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 814
Posted By brentcn
Re: I feel so ashamed

You went home and learned the song? Get this guy a gig!
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By brentcn
Re: Where can I purchase Drum backing tracks for Japanese songs?

Huh! A video game about playing instruments driving the popularity of a song -- used to be that popular songs inspired video games (Rockband, Guitar Hero).

Still, all this effort to acquire what...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By brentcn
Re: Where can I purchase Drum backing tracks for Japanese songs?

Not every song is recorded with the idea that a drummer will want to have a separate mix-down, with vocals and instruments, minus drums, so they can make a YouTube video. There is a studio and/or...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,253
Posted By brentcn
Re: So where did this stuff come from?

You're listening to some combination of the mics on the drums, and few samples of a well-recorded bass drum hit. The sample "hits" are lined up automatically and/or visually with the peaks of the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,253
Posted By brentcn
Re: So where did this stuff come from?

It's a bit of the usual "but this one goes to eleven" thing. More screaming, more double bass, until it's sufficiently different that my parents hate it. Pantera was very influential, whether...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 885
Posted By brentcn
Re: Where to go after playing on cruise ships?

Here here!

But LA is tough. Not only are there tons of great players, but there are tons of attractive, young players, too, that you'll be competing with for gigs. Not only that, but there are...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 712
Posted By brentcn
Re: Picking a wedding band as a musician = pain!

If you want something different, don't hire a wedding band. Instead, hire a band that does a unique thing (2nd Line Brass, '20's ragtime, whatnot) and then let them do their thing! Don't try to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 604
Posted By brentcn
Re: Shuffled 8th notes and swung 8th notes

The word shuffle can mean different things at different times. For example, in a Purdie shuffle, you'd play all 3 partials of the triplet, and not just the first and last. Yet, we call it a...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-30-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By brentcn
Re: What do you call "end of piece solos" and how do you learn to do them?

The word you're looking for is cadenza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadenza).

But what to play? Could be a buzz roll on the snare, and/or some fast singles around the snare and toms (lingering...
Forum: Drums 01-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Posted By brentcn
Re: 80s Gretsch or 67 Ludwigs

It's a shame the Ludwigs are a re-wrap, because the yellowing that occurs over time improves the look of champagne sparkle, IMO. Makes them more peach and gold, and less pink.
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,167
Posted By brentcn
Re: I've joined a band that I can't keep up with

Good find Souljacker! The idea is to set the metronome somewhat below your top speed, and play pretty long runs, as demonstrated. If you're not letting the stick rebound, you won't be able to...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-26-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 699
Posted By brentcn
Re: How to practice counting off?

As the band leader is counting off, do a Vulcan mind meld with him/her. :)

Seriously, though, it will help to have a friend start a metronome or count off for you at various tempos, in order to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By brentcn
Re: Random Practice Intervals = Better practice!

Yeah, this sums up my practice habits, too. I would play the "3 times perfectly in a row" game with various fills and grooves, and if I couldn't get it, I'd move on and come back later. I had no...
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By brentcn
Random Practice Intervals = Better practice!

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/why-the-progress-in-the-practice-room-seems-to-disappear-overnight/

Just wanted to share this. Best article I've read on practicing since the 10,000 hours idea!...
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