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Forum: Drum Technique 07-25-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By MikeM
Re: Open handed technique

I'm not sure why this seems to be a controversial topic every time it comes up ... and the left-handed guitar analogy is just bogus (it's not useful). I'm as lazy as anyone (of not moreso) and...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-25-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By MikeM
Re: Drumming and writing music.

This is almost a separate thread here, but I'd say it depends. For example, there are two guitar players I've been in bands with that did nothing but sit deep in their couches with acoustic guitars...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-25-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By MikeM
Re: Drumming and writing music.

In my travels I’ve noticed two basic approaches to playing and writing that most players are some mix of, with a few existing at each extreme.

One is the player who has studied scales & theory and...
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 772
Posted By MikeM
Re: bass drum depth

Gah! Now you done got my hackles up!

I recently ditched my 2nd floor Tom in response to a 5 string bass. Our bass player just switched to guitar (with only 6 strings, thankfully) but I'm kinda...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,371
Posted By MikeM
Re: Negative Progress / Quitting

As always Grea, awesome insight. This really resonates with me. There was only one band I was in that had serious "pro" ambitions and having some of those issues always in my face was a total...
Forum: Drums 07-24-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By MikeM
Re: DW Collectors Snare Suggestions?

This has been my experience as well. I special ordered a standard construction maple 6x14 (with tube lugs and without rerings) and it was boxy and dead at every tuning I tried it at. I even had it...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,371
Posted By MikeM
Re: Negative Progress / Quitting

Is there anyone else around you can play with? I could easily see myself getting into exactly the same rut as you if I were just going it alone with drumming. I would almost feel like what's the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 814
Posted By MikeM
Re: Have i lost it?

I need the real thing, too. I want to play drums, not pads!

When I first got it into my head that I wanted to play drums, my brother got me a practice pad. I treated it as a drumset with different...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By MikeM
Re: What full albums do you like to drum along to?

I'll second Moving Pictures. I don't think I'll ever get sick of that record.
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2014, 02:35 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,015
Posted By MikeM
Re: Help - Meeting up with Guitarist

I agree. Have a chat on the phone about playing experiences, favorite bands, and the like, then get together for a jam and see how it goes if the chat didn't weird you out or reveal...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2014, 02:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,000
Posted By MikeM
Re: Why is it you never see threads saying....

I was fantasizing about the prospect of all my cymbals getting stolen. Not for real, but as a thought exercise to starting over with my cymbals and what would I do differently.

As long as I can...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 9,199
Posted By MikeM
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Ah yes, a 2008 from a pawn shop. Gotta love it. Oh wait, is this a drums-only forum? My bad...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 973
Posted By MikeM
Re: What happened to the resonance?

The Saturns already have an isolation mounting system, so ftdrum's and Michaelocalypse's suggestions here might be your best bet. On one of the Gatzen videos (not sure which one), he says to keep...
Forum: Drums 07-03-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By MikeM
Re: Snare Trouble

The snare you had before was heavily damped with the ring and the internal muffler. I suspect if you take those off, it will make all the horrid sounds your new one makes (assuming the tuning and...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,276
Posted By MikeM
Re: When people ask you to 'play something', what do you play?

That's how I go about it, too. At my last band practice, I went outside to take an air break and goof around with some new metronome app I'd just downloaded. It was pretty cool - I picked an 8th note...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,049
Posted By MikeM
Re: Here's an idea

Excellent topic, Bo.

Seems to me that people are fairly simple creatures - at least in the sense that they'll willingly do the things that are fun and satisfying.

I've been been playing...
Forum: Drums 06-23-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By MikeM
Re: Maple or Birch for hard hitters ?

There is no preferred wood for hard hitters. Without over thinking this one too much, heads and tuning is where 98% of the difference will come from and the other 2% will be comparatively subtle,...
Forum: Drums 06-19-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By MikeM
Re: a little help with this super sensitive please?

But it's already a Supersensitive.

No harm in putting a P-85/6 and whatever part # butt plate on it if the holes line up - which I don't know if they do or not ... Steve?

On the other hand, I...
Forum: Drums 06-13-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,052
Posted By MikeM
Re: How do you stabilize a virgin bass drum that jumps up and down?

Like GD, it really sounds to me like your pedal isn't clamping dead-center on the hoop. When I attach my pedal, I just loosely put it on there while kind of stomping on it and jostling things around...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 723
Posted By MikeM
Re: Shall one just play with everybody to stand out?

Potential for what?

Some people are happy enough just playing their instruments while others have strong opinions about what kind of music they'd be happy playing. Still others won't play unless...
Forum: Drums 06-09-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 822
Posted By MikeM
Re: Am I the only one here that hated the Kick Port?

I put one on my 24x14 with a PS3 batter and ported Ambassador reso (no other muffling), and didn't notice much difference. I wasn't crazy about the look of it so eventually took it off. Again, I...
Forum: Drums 06-09-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,019
Posted By MikeM
Re: Ludwig P-85 rant

I had this issue with my 402 and BB until Karl Krafton turned me on to the Remo SA-0314-TD. It's a low collar head that doesn't mash up on the butt plate before it's tensioned right - thanks again,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By MikeM
Re: Should I criticise my singer

Since you're a hobby band playing for no pay, maybe suggest transitioning to becoming an originals band. There are tons of great singers with limited range. Play to your strengths.
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By MikeM
Re: Setting up left-handed

I tried it once ... it was pretty dismal. Definitely can see the benefit, though. One thing I noticed right away was the altered beat placement on the kick drum. I wasn't expecting that, but it was...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By MikeM
Re: Tommy Lee with the Pumpkins?

Interesting. Never been a fan of the music Tommy Lee's been associated with, but I've always really dug the way he sticks the time just so, so even though it's been a long time since I've heard any...
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