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Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2012, 11:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,905
Posted By choki
Re: How long should I play drums a day?

Maybe find somebody you consider to be a "top drummer", and take some lessons. The quality of your practice time is more important than the "quantity". Don't worry about your rankings in your local...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2012, 12:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,955
Posted By choki
Re: Any suggested reading?

Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story

Great book, definitely recommend it.
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 936
Posted By choki
Re: Band Websites

I've designed a few websites for different singers/bands/drummers as well as for myself, and the first thing I notice is a lack of info on the home page. You might do better by consolidating some of...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By choki
Re: Tablature VS. Music Notation

That's good, I hope I didn't come across as being too harsh. As someone who has done some teaching, I've found that people are always looking for shortcuts, so I'm biased against things like tabs. ...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By choki
Re: Tablature VS. Music Notation

The only good reason to use tabs is laziness. Put in the work and learn standard notation. If you can't read standard notation, you will be limited in the types of gigs you can do. Even some...
Forum: General Discussion 05-09-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By choki
Re: How to know if a cymbal is b-stock?

I think that's what they call the cymbals they sell at Guitar Center.
Forum: General Discussion 05-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,540
Posted By choki
Re: Going from your practise kit to playing live on a different kit.

If the kit is in good working order there shouldn't be a problem. If you know you're going into a gig with a house kit, be prepared. If your regular setup is a larger kit, practice your set using a...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2012, 11:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
Posted By choki
Re: Advice needed from gigging/signed musicians.

People seem to forget that the club owner has the responsibility of promoting their club. If it's solely on the band to get people in the door, then the club owner should pay the band a promotion...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
Posted By choki
Re: Advice needed from gigging/signed musicians.

The reason that so many venues don't pay is because so many bands are willing to pay for free. At some point you are actually hurting yourself by taking an "exposure" gig. The question you have to...
Forum: General Discussion 04-25-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
Posted By choki
Re: Advice needed from gigging/signed musicians.

You can die from too much exposure.
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,863
Posted By choki
Re: Coming up with beats.

Add a bass player to your jam session. It will make it easier to figure out what to do with your bass drum pattern if you have a bass player to work with.
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,361
Posted By choki
Re: Wedding/Function Band Do's and Don't's

The main thing wedding bands tend to forget is that they are not the main attraction. A lot of times you are just background music. You might also find that your band might need to tone it down for...
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,107
Posted By choki
Re: James Brown Funky drummer break?

You'll learn it better by transcribing yourself. There's a lot of software that will slow it down for you.
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,241
Posted By choki
Re: Help playing with a click

Try putting the click on a setting where it pulses eighth notes. With less space between clicks, it might be easier to concentrate. Besides that, the best thing to do is spend a LOT of time with...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,514
Posted By choki
Re: Recommend a metronome

I used to have a Yamaha Clickstation, and it worked pretty well, at least until it stopped working. Now I just use an iPhone app called "Tempo". It does the job just fine.
Forum: General Discussion 04-06-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,819
Posted By choki
Re: Funk Drummers

I would add James Gadson to the list. He played a lot with Bill Withers and Dyke & the Blazers.
Forum: General Discussion 04-06-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,328
Posted By choki
Re: Kit configuration for music styles

I switch between a 4 or 5 piece depending on the gig/size of stage. I'll also switch between an 18 and 22 inch bass drum depending on the gig. For really changing the sound of the kit for different...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,457
Posted By choki
Re: Where do you go to learn to play the music that you like?

Obviously the first thing is just listening. Copy/transcribe/emulate what you favorite players are doing. Learn as much as you can about your favorite players, and try to figure out the drummers...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,367
Posted By choki
Re: Pain in left hand

Definitely see a doctor. If nothing is physically wrong, it's time to look at technique. I would agree with what others have posted and get with a teacher and have them take a look at your...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2012, 04:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,081
Posted By choki
Re: My software for drummers: BPMinus

Any plans for a Mac/iOS version? Every drummer I know is a Mac user. Not trying to get into the age old mac vs. windows arguments, but a large percentage of musicians are mac users.
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,662
Posted By choki
Re: undeserved reputation

There's a lot of guys here that look at drumming by the "level" of where they are at. Hopefully you will get to a point where you won't care about how good you are, and just play. I've had plenty...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2012, 12:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By choki
Re: Sticks (& projectiles)

I'd get with a teacher on work on your grip/technique. If you're dropping sticks that often, the problem isn't with the stick.
Forum: General Discussion 03-27-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,260
Posted By choki
Re: Why is it important to memorize?

I try to avoid having a music stand on stage. If I'm subbing a gig, or playing with a new artist for the first time, I'll bring charts. Also, if I'm playing a gig with one or two new songs, I'll...
Forum: General Discussion 03-27-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,676
Posted By choki
Re: Writing the drums first

Phil Collins always started with the drums first.
Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2012, 11:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,204
Posted By choki
Re: Bosphorus Endorsement

Play what you love, find the right cymbals, and then go looking for an endorsement deal. Don't get tied into a contract to play something exclusively until you are sure you're playing what you want...
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