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Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2018, 03:35 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,107
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

Its weird how suck tail jobs can be so stable. In that big system of schools they couldn't have transferred someone closer. One of her supervisors wanted her to spend all of that time in the car.
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,107
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

I think its a similar scenario in athletics, there is always someone who owns the team and stadium.

I think it is amazing how much this person can make a difference. I've been watching the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-30-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: tom tuning for 10" 12" 15"

D or C# it really depends on the depth of the drum and the heads. I have a 16in bass, it likes the C# alot.

I think you'll have the potential for some weird resonances between the 15" and the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-30-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Practicing at home trying out different tunings

I think pentatonic works well with drum harmonies. IMO in powwow music the bass drum is basically a harmony.
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,951
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How do I tell my friend that his expensive custom handmade snare is shit?

Softwood like fir makes excellent percussion IMO, warm and clear. There is a reason why guitar tops made out of softwood, excellent sound transmission properties. Shoukd be loud. I think my...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-01-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Rules in Music

I've been listening to alot of Native American ceremonial music, the way they worship with the drum is inspiring, even sometimes they worship the drum itself. It begs the question, why doesn't...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-24-2018, 02:48 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The jazz ride pattern

It took me a while to figure it out, but it is exactly the swing pattern. My library checks out musical instruments, I recently had a chance to play a 14" frame drum, I started immitating the boy...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-14-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The jazz ride pattern

It could be tangential, but would you consider these swung or shuffled?

https://youtu.be/phT3Qc58_s4
https://youtu.be/wqBzdNpnyYY
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,681
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The jazz ride pattern

IMO swing and shuffle are very different. People lump them together, in the category of uneven/indefinite intervals. Swing is much more syncopated, they nail that off beat many times with an accent...
Forum: Drums 10-09-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,694
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is made in the US really that much better?

The point is that the Chinese have a certain level of efficiency that isn't really related to quality. Roads, parking lots, garages, vehicles, take up space, they are expensive and don't contribute...
Forum: Drums 10-09-2018, 02:32 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,694
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is made in the US really that much better?

That's the point, driving SUV's doesn't contribute to the quality of the product. People in China that ride a train from their apartment to the factory build drums just fine.
Forum: Drums 10-08-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,694
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is made in the US really that much better?

In terms of build quality in the musical instrument world I doubt that there is any difference. Really, the technology is the same as it was hundreds of years ago, and in my experience western...
Forum: Drums 10-07-2018, 12:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Water Drums!

Since this thread was relocated to the gear section. Does are there any thoughts on how to incorporate such an instrument into a set? I think it would make a nice ride tom in my collection of...
Forum: General Discussion 10-04-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 876
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Playing the drumset without sticks..

I see some one who beat me to it here is another Jo Jones:

https://youtu.be/GrKShqNkcnI

In samba there is an instrument repinique. It is played with a stick in one hand and a with a bare hand...
Forum: Drums 10-04-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By SmoothOperator
Water Drums!

Water and Music

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5028789424ac2c07ebd1c08a/5028789424ac2c07ebd1c090/5029bd0de4b0ce22e4c2f9c3/1434277221433/006-littledrum.jpg?format=750w...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-02-2018, 02:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,104
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Playing different UNRELATED tempo's simultaneously?

Yes it is possible, it actually isn't that hard to play, but it is difficult to conceptualize before you reduce it to one rhythm. EG right it out in 4/4 time signature. One way to do it is to use...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2018, 02:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,831
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Drummerís Place In Band

I don't think this is what the OP is referring too. I think he is referring to the situation where a crock load of responsibility is unloaded on the drummer, with no real upside. Basically...
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,555
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: What's actually going well for you in your world of music?

My library has started lending musical instruments. It really satisfies my need to explore different instruments. Today I checked out tablas, I've always had respect for the instruments, but kind...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The Speed Limit

It's kind of like cheating, but I have a guiro mounted on my set.
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Help With Clave Rhythm

You think it is a 6/8 rhyhm? I have seen some of the Pomo songs that remind me of a spiritual 12/8.
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Help With Clave Rhythm

I don't think your advice is very good in this regard. You are stuck in the "It was erased mindset". Clearly haven't spent much time researching the subject, and are want to politicize.
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Help With Clave Rhythm

I already proved you were a proponent of culture erasure no need to continue to try to drag the thread down that route. No benefit can come from not acknowledging this fact.
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2018, 02:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,409
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Your weirdist gig?

My college jazz big band instructor got us gigs in Walmart. It was kinda weird. Like shouldn't we be playing Muzak.
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Help With Clave Rhythm

It seems more difficult. Maybe it would help if I point out that there are two clave parts, one plays the "rock" in Pomo terms and the other follows the song and provides song queues with the sort of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2018, 11:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Help With Clave Rhythm

There are older recordings, I've seen some from the seventies and earlier. I've heard some earlier recordings. Though in a not so flattering light.

You see one of the problems with Eurocentrism...
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