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Forum: Drum Technique 07-06-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By paravil
Re: hihat position: the glitch

It could be that your hi hats are positioned too high. Of course "too high" is different for everyone, but setting them up lower might be worth trying. When playing the hi hat, my right arm is down...
Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 1,775
Views: 508,312
Posted By paravil
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

FOR SALE: Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash 16"

Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,012
Posted By paravil
Re: Back pain while drumming

It's likely the slope. My shop where I keep my drums set up is not level. When I originally set them up in there, I was facing "uphill," and had lower back pain when I played. I turned the kit around...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By paravil
Re: Acoustic Gig

I concur with Dr_Watso. It is a pet peeve of mine that some people perceive hand percussion like bongos and congas as a stand-in for a drum kit. They're completely different things.

A cajon can...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,401
Posted By paravil
Re: Shall one just play with everybody to stand out?

It's easier to find a job when you have a job.
Forum: General Discussion 05-09-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 880
Posted By paravil
Re: Question about loops

I was just listening to this when I pulled up to work this morning. I always get sucked in by Stevie Nicks' performance on that song. I'll have to start it over and pay attention to Fleetwood.

Forum: General Discussion 04-23-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,796
Posted By paravil
Re: Is *not* being told you played a great gig as good/better than being complimented?

I'll take compliments if anyone wants to give them, but I only ever seek out two kinds of affirmation:

1) Did the crowd clap/dance/bob their heads (whatever suits the occasion)?
2) Was the bass...
Forum: General Discussion 04-02-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,287
Posted By paravil
Re: Are 13" toms obsolete?

10, 12, 14, 16 gives me a better, more even spread. Personally, I love a well-tuned 10" tom, and have never come across a 13" that agrees with my ears. I always find them difficult to tune, too, for...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,536
Posted By paravil
Re: Relationship between members of the band

In my previous band, we had our own sound system plus a lot of travel expenses, so we kept a "general" fund, and all of our money (from both gigs and merchandise) went there. We then each took an...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1,775
Views: 508,312
Posted By paravil
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Sabian AA Medium Hats 14". Great condition. Details in listing.

Forum: Drummers 03-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 25,908
Posted By paravil
Re: What do you think about Casey Cooper (COOP3RDRUMM3R)

Re not changing people's minds: I had seen several of your videos before coming across this thread, and I shared a lot of the negative initial impressions that a lot people here have. Some regarding...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,754
Posted By paravil
Re: defying conventional drum set up for unique sound

This was not on the drum set, but it came to mind. When recording once I used an old Casio SK-1 to record a stupid-sounding percussive/explosion noise with my mouth, and then built a loop with it on...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By paravil
Re: Can house angle affect drumming?

This is good advice. My shop where I set up my drums has a slight tilt to it. I didn't know this when I first started practicing out there, and was getting lower back pain (which I'd never had...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,305
Posted By paravil
Re: Tonight Show and Signet Kit

According to Wikipedia:

14" A Zildjian & CIE Vintage crash Hihats
20" Oriental Crash of Doom
24" K Light Ride

There is a Vic Firth artist spotlight video where you can get a look at his...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-22-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,431
Posted By paravil
Re: Breaking Sticks on Ride a little too often

Ha. Close: http://sabian.com/en/cymbal/221bc-21-inch-aa-bash-ride

"Wack Ride" wouldn't have been any sillier of a name, but it is a great, versatile ride meant to take a wackin' and a bashin'.
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,296
Posted By paravil
Re: Has drumming helped you in real life? If yes, how?

All of my closest friends are musicians whom I do or have played/traveled with. I met my wife through the band I was in in my twenties. I have been a paid, working musician since I was 16 years old....
Forum: General Discussion 12-20-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,108
Posted By paravil
Re: is anyone ever satisfied with their playing?

I think a certain level of dissatisfaction is what keeps all artists (whether they be musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, what have you) going to some extent. I'm proud of the work I've done...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,587
Posted By paravil
Re: Playing live, with a click

Amen and amen. We started occasionally using backing tracks at my church this year, and to me that is the only live situation where a click makes sense. We use Aviom monitors, and there have been...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,724
Posted By paravil
Re: Is It Common For Some People Not To Take Care of Their Gear?

For one thing, it's impossible to keep cymbals clean. All my cymbals now are natural/regular finish and don't show dirt as much, but the brilliant ones I've owned were covered in fingerprints and...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,713
Posted By paravil
Re: Where Do You Fit? - Poll

I'm a solid 2. In my twenties, I wanted to be a 1, but now with a family, 2 is a much more appealing place to be. My hope is to stay there until I get too old to do it anymore.
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1,775
Views: 508,312
Posted By paravil
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Sabian AA Medium Hats, 14". Details are in the listing.

Forum: General Discussion 08-07-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,654
Posted By paravil
Re: Drum Bags/Cases or No Drum Bags/Cases?

Buy bags and protect your investment. If you're going to be gigging that means you're making money with your kit. Why risk letting your gear get damaged? You can get a set of good bags at an...
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,994
Posted By paravil
Re: Why switch from Drum to Guitar??

As others have said, I don't see the point in completely ditching one instrument for the other, unless you are completely inept at drums (like I am with a piano), or just don't like it.

When I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,576
Posted By paravil
Re: My first paying gig! Pictures and me talking about it :D

Congrats on the first gig.

Re the old lady: 99% of my gigs over the years have been in churches, and while I learned a lot about volume control early on, there's always at least one person who has...
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