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Forum: General Discussion Today, 12:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,039
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Antiquing / Distressing drums and hardware

I'm not a fan of the pre-distressed look. I think it tends to cover careless craftsmanship, and looks ten times worse after actual distress. Though everything in Ethen Allen is aesthetically very...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 695
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Lazy Guitarists...

Electric Guitarists often times don't seem in control of their instruments. Especially when it comes to pickups, amps and pedals. This is a specifically guitar phenomena. Take synth players as a...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,462
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rock Gigs Not Very Rock Anymore?

Sounds like the old sound pollution beer sales scene/scam has played itself into a corner. Before, they could play loud so that you couldn't talk with your friends, and the music was undanceable so...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2015, 04:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,493
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rock and roll....over?

Rock has a weird combination of non-virtuosity and elitism, and is more about other social pressures unrelated to music, for example whether you have a car or not.

I think hip hop artists can not...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Bob Clearmountain & Matt Chamberlain Recording Drums With 2 Mics

My opinion is a little different, I think the setup they were using with two mics lacks in stereo, and stereo recordings are way more organic, like birds chirping and jungle sounds. I agree though...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,067
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Oh noes here comes the single stroke roll, let's all watch the suburban kids get up and do the chicken dance to scare off the invaders.

I think metal enthusiasts just don't understand that a...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,067
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

I don't know who came up with the idea of "Rockin' Out" grooves, and why is it so annoying and tasteless. If your gonna learn jazz, learn jazz, and why they don't use rock beats.
Forum: General Discussion 04-30-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,067
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Jazz Drumming, and its benefits for rock

Rock requires a certain level of tastelessness and tackiness, that can only be achieved through single minded dedication, adherents to the rock style will sniff out anything that has a swing, mental...
Forum: General Discussion 04-30-2015, 01:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,221
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Anyone else notice the cost of sticks getting ridiculous

You haven't priced calf skin timpani heads have you? Sure they don't have to constantly craft reeds, but the care, maintenance, cost and not to mention tuning.
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,221
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Anyone else notice the cost of sticks getting ridiculous

I think this why most pros timpanists/marimbists etc. recover and make their own sticks. I made a timpani mallet out of wool and a dowl, and rewound a couple of mallets. I'm thinking about making...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-19-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

Sometimes less really is more.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-19-2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

Sure, but he is playing all these other notes, that really aren't polyrhythmic. Just a 1e an a 2 e subdivision or pulse.
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Polyrhythm Metronome App

BTW, does anyone else think it sounds like flams when you set the metronome to play 14:15?

I can hear the flams pretty well.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-18-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

What are all those extra sixteenths? Just plain Ol 4/4 with accents.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-17-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

It seems your 7:4 is different than his 7:4.
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By SmoothOperator
Polyrhythm Metronome App

Arguing with an ill informed drummer about what a polyrhythm is in the technique forum, as annoying as it is, still motivated me none the less. While looking for YouTube clips about the subject I...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-16-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

Here is a metronome for practicing these polyrhythms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYGJtiEzonU
Forum: Drum Technique 04-16-2015, 02:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

Yes, there is a schism in the force, many people think of poly rhythms as integer multiples, but that is just one rhythmic figure.

If you do the math it makes sense. 8 quarters at 120 bpm 7 ...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-16-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

That's metric modulation.

This is one way to approximate a 7 vs 8 poly rhythm. Here the lower case letters are grace noted flams, and the X is both notes at the same time. Notice how the right...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-15-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How to play 4 against 7

Not really a polyrhythm, since you can write the whole thing in 7/4.
Forum: General Discussion 04-10-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,723
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Why the "hate" for nylon tips??

They aren't so bad after the tips come off, but I also like the sound of worn down wood tips.
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Humbling Experience

I was in Mexico recently myself, Cancun. Those looked like similar arrangements. I think the street musicians are pretty organized there. In one district next to the restraunts it looked like they...
Forum: General Discussion 04-04-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Cool Tuning

The harmonica is free reed aero phone, basically just like a siren with puffs of air, though when they have a bunch lined up and tuned together they get a chord like sympathetic vibration. The reeds...
Forum: General Discussion 04-04-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Cool Tuning

It's just I've mentioned a couple of instruments, harmonica and plate gongs, both of which are tuned but don't have the harmonic series, and you have not addressed how these can be seen as tonal,...
Forum: General Discussion 04-04-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Cool Tuning

I don't want to argue this with you(you obviously have a strongly rooted OPINION), so I will keep it short and sweet. There are many tonal instruments, that don't have a harmonic series, if the only...
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