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Old 03-25-2013, 02:05 AM
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Thanks Polly. Is your real name Grea? I've read people calling you that. Is that short for something? Gretta? Grettle? Do the Aussies pronounce that like "Gray"?
It's definitely a grey area for many people, I was once puzzled with the very same query...

If you greet Polly with a joyful "Hiya Grea" ...it rhyme :)
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Problem Duncan? ...are you wishing you've left the dang thing alone, you can always call 118 118 :)
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:27 AM
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Problem Duncan? ...are you wishing you've left the dang thing alone, you can always call 118 118 :)
The wiring needed re-doing. A few years ago I modified it and it wasn't quite right. The neck pickup isn't working properly anyway (very low output) and I wanted to add a new kill switch. I got it all wired up and then found there were a lot of grounding problems. I took the whole thing apart again and had to re-wire from scratch - it doesn't take that long but doing it twice takes up your valuable time, especially after I tried several times to solve the grounding issues before I completely stripped it all out.

It now has much tidier and higher-quality wiring. I'm pleased with the results (even if the capacitors in the tone controls have mysteriously disappeared - honestly no idea where they've gone, must've been a long time ago) and thus I have no tone controls but the pickup selection and volume control cover everything I want anyway.

In conclusion - I need a new neck pickup (I can't repair it without making it worse) but I've also fiddled with the truss rod and saddle height and now it's silky smooth even with a set of 12s, which is what I use on that guitar.

Tomorrow evening will be intonation.

Hours of my life breathing in solder flux are probably not doing great things to what's left of my brain...
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:34 AM
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I have a piano teacher coming this Thursday evening.
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Fantastic! One instrument I used to play as a kid but never took seriously enough.

Great idea there, Jay.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:43 AM
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Fantastic! One instrument I used to play as a kid but never took seriously enough.

Great idea there, Jay.
Yeah, we're going to focus specifically on blues. In a year I'm going to be a competent blues piano player. That's my intention.

Oh, and Cocktail Frank wants me to pass on his best wishes.
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Oh, and Cocktail Frank wants me to pass on his best wishes.
I miss the time when Cocktail Frank ruled DW.

In some ways it was like the reign of WIlliam the conquerer ( who was also known as William the Bastard, by the way.. ), heady, exhilarating and yet fraught with danger, dissent and trouble. A gigantic & grizzly reformation movement that just ran out of upstream salmon, sadly.


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I miss the time when Cocktail Frank ruled DW.

In some ways it was like the reign of WIlliam the conquerer ( who was also known as William the Bastard, by the way.. ), heady, exhilarating and yet fraught with danger, dissent and trouble. A gigantic & grizzly reformation movement that just ran out of upstream salmon, sadly.


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...............+1...........tried it on my Les Paul and had to break down and take it to the shop.
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I'm watching the first game of the Atlanta Braves' season (Braves lead 2-0, top of the second) and smoking a rack of ribs. It's sunny and mild, and life always lifts its head a little at this time of year.
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Borrowed me a Canon EF 100 - 400 telephoto zoom to try out for a week! Its the 'John Holmes' of camera lenses!!!!

I can see the lint in her navel..


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Ideal for probing the visual world ...

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Just back from a distance gig a few hours ago. So so tired, I almost can't function. Wow, this age thing sucks!
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Wow, this age thing sucks!
Tell me about it... I just hate it, little pains everywhere and I''ve got to go and clean the garden, not looking forward to it at all :(
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Just back from a distance gig a few hours ago. So so tired, I almost can't function. Wow, this age thing sucks!
1) Combiflam/anti infammatory - an hr before the gig.
2) Lots of water, a bananna- during
3) Little protien & carbs- immediately post gig
4) Full body massage with 3 little oriental ladies- end of the day
5) Cigar, Burboun/Single malt or in your case, some really fancy wine- post massage
6) Good night nurse ( as Archie Bunker would say.. )

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Further to Abe's sound advice, here's a little more on the subject of being old... :)

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I spent two weekends ago in the Hospital with a touch of pneumonia and bronchitis and when the Doctor came to visit, I told him that if I knew I was going to live so long I would have taken better care of myself.
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6) Good night nurse ( as Archie Bunker would say.. )

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Suggestions 4 & up should be put in place immediately ;)

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Thank you for that Henri ;)

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Way too funny :) :) :) because I know it's actually true - dammit!
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4) Full body massage with 3 little oriental ladies- end of the day
5) Cigar, Burboun/Single malt or in your case, some really fancy wine- post massage
6) Good night nurse ( as Archie Bunker would say.. )

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Perfect list. But Archie would say "noy-ss" ...
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.
All the best mate. I hope she's found peace.
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.
My condolences to you and the people that knew her................Death sure has a way of changing / rearranging our priorities.
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13 rounds of chemo. Unbelievable. A sad time - and when it's a peer it definitely brings home your mortality.
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.

Me too. Lost a good one recently.

So much trouble in the world- Bob Marley.

My thoughts with you, ANdy

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Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. This one hit us both fairly hard. Sorry to hear of your friend too Abe.
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.
So sorry to hear this. Just one round of chemo and radiation (simultaneous) was enough to make me lose 35 pounds and almost all my muscle mass. It took me several months just to recover enough to get back to work. 13 rounds?? Wow - that was one strong individual. I hope others look at her as inspirational.
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Just back from the funeral of a dear friend who bravely fought cancer for 15 years. 13 rounds of radio & chemotherapy over that time, but for her, the last one was too much. I'm humbled by her dignity, grace, & strength beyond anything I can comprehend.

Band practice tonight, & for once, I don't care how badly tuned my drums are.
Sorry to hear of your loss Andy.I too lost a dear friend in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.A long time Boy Scout leader,Staten Island Red Cross and Alzheimers Association Chairperson and a Registered nurse.

I too, am humbled by her willingness to constantly help others,even though she had a heart condition.She suffered a massive heart attack at 72 years of age,while volunteering as a nurse at a local hospital.

If in the end,I can think of myself as half the person she was,then I will have truly accomplished something in this life.

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It's not a pleasant feeling to loose a friend, I just did so last year, leaves you empty somehow, I'm sorry for your loss Andy, my thoughts are with you.
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Man, my rock chops suck so bad!!!!!!!

Made the gawdawful mistake of accepting a Deep Purple tribute night jam up. First rehearsal tonight.. I have to play Walk on and Strange Kinda Woman.To many years on the jazzy n funky side of things have intervened to do it any justice...

...thinking of throwing in the towel...

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So sorry to hear this. Just one round of chemo and radiation (simultaneous) was enough to make me lose 35 pounds and almost all my muscle mass. It took me several months just to recover enough to get back to work. 13 rounds?? Wow - that was one strong individual. I hope others look at her as inspirational.
I'm glad to hear you pulled through, & I thank you for your kind words.

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Sorry to hear of your loss Andy.I too lost a dear friend in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.A long time Boy Scout leader,Staten Island Red Cross and Alzheimers Association Chairperson and a Registered nurse.

I too, am humbled by her willingness to constantly help others,even though she had a heart condition.She suffered a massive heart attack at 72 years of age,while volunteering as a nurse at a local hospital.

If in the end,I can think of myself as half the person she was,then I will have truly accomplished something in this life.

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Steve, there's a hero around every corner. I am humbled almost daily by others. Stay strong my friend.

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thank you Henri. I know you've had a rough ride. Just wish I had bigger wheels & fatter tyres :(
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Man, my rock chops suck so bad!!!!!!!

Made the gawdawful mistake of accepting a Deep Purple tribute night jam up. First rehearsal tonight.. I have to play Walk on and Strange Kinda Woman.To many years on the jazzy n funky side of things have intervened to do it any justice...

...thinking of throwing in the towel...

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Bloody wuss!!!

Throwing in the towel because you can't get your head around a dynamic that you know in your sleep Abe. You're joking, right? Hey, I'm living proof that you only need one tenth of the talent you possess to put in a credible rock performance. Get with the program young man, & get heavy with that bass drum & backbeat stuff! :)
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Man, my rock chops suck so bad!!!!!!!

Made the gawdawful mistake of accepting a Deep Purple tribute night jam up. First rehearsal tonight.. I have to play Walk on and Strange Kinda Woman.To many years on the jazzy n funky side of things have intervened to do it any justice...

...thinking of throwing in the towel...

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Man, my rock chops suck so bad!!!!!!!

Made the gawdawful mistake of accepting a Deep Purple tribute night jam up. First rehearsal tonight.. I have to play Walk on and Strange Kinda Woman.To many years on the jazzy n funky side of things have intervened to do it any justice...

...thinking of throwing in the towel...

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You're kidding!!! Right?

C'mon Abe, just put "In Rock" or "Machine Head" on the record player, get your dose of healthy Pacey pills and go for the kill, don't think or analyse, just play... you know these songs inside out :)
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Thanks for all the support guys... its too late to pull out anyhowzers.....

its all set for Saturday. : (

Gotta to change my sticks to a heavier guage, revisit some of Paice's fills... and yeah , open up those hats a tad, and lay into the bassdrum : )

Also realized at the rehearsal that I havent played with cats that are SO loud in a long long time.


PS- Heard a younger drummer take on Highway Star & Lazy. Boy,did he rip through those songs and spit em out like they were nothing.. intimidating!! ( BTW, this is like an all-star night type thingee with many musicians, in different combinations playing the set list for the evening )

Andy, you are so 'authentic' when you play. I cant do what you do. : )

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Weird gig for you, Abe. How did that happen?

Every now and then we break into some classic rock at the studio as a larf and it surprises me how little control I now have when I lay into the kit. Doesn't help for you to be copping Paicey either, who was untouchable in his heyday.

Have fun, shake your head and carry on for authenticity ... and don't worry about the young lion (chops like Thomas Lang? But they don't matter, right? heehee).

As everyone says - forget about what others can do and just aim to be better at what you do. As with any unfamiliar gig, your ears are your best friend (and whoever is calling the changes).
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Oh you can, & with ease. Just put yourself in the space you were in when you first started playing, & you're right there ;)

Joking & chops aside, I will use this mini subject to highlight a general undervaluing of a feel for rock if I may. Abe's right. Because the mechanics are fairly easy, there's actually a greater emphasis placed on the dynamic, & just like any other feel element, it needs to translate convincingly.
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Oh you can, & with ease. Just put yourself in the space you were in when you first started playing, & you're right there ;)

Joking & chops aside, I will use this mini subject to highlight a general undervaluing of a feel for rock if I may. Abe's right. Because the mechanics are fairly easy, there's actually a greater emphasis placed on the dynamic, & just like any other feel element, it needs to translate convincingly.
Agree a 100%, Andy. I said yes because a whole bunch of people that are involved wanted me to sit in and play a couple of songs. This notion that its easy to come back to rock drumming or to play these songs, is an extememly false one. The groove, dynamics, power, honesty and really feeling that downbeat through the the throne and right up one's rectum ( unecessary detail there.. ) is something that you cant just pull off if you havent played that way for a long time..


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You're kidding!!! Right?

C'mon Abe, just put "In Rock" or "Machine Head" on the record player, get your dose of healthy Pacey pills and go for the kill, don't think or analyse, just play... you know these songs inside out :)
Thats what Im doing today Henri! : ) Too little too late... we'll find out Saturday night : )

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Weird gig for you, Abe. How did that happen?
Its a singer I know. He's pretty well known in the gigging circuit and has invited a whole bunch of guys to do this tribute gig. Its a hired out reheasal space with backline, free beer, decent Chinese take out and a good hang, overall. So not really complaining.. ( except this nagging feeling of inadequacy )

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The honest answer to that is 'No'. Im doing it, because its the right thing to do.




Agree a 100%, Andy. I said yes because a whole bunch of people that are involved wanted me to sit in and play a couple of songs. This notion that its easy to come back to rock drumming or to play these songs, is an extememly false one. The groove, dynamics, power, honesty and really feeling that downbeat through the the throne and right up one's rectum ( unecessay detail there.. ) is something that you cant just pull off ed twafr a long time..
Doing it to please others is a noble stance Abe, but you've got to please yourself too, & I believe you will. I'll bet you a pint you walk off that stage with a smile :)

Yes, unnecessary detail there, I prefer to route such grunt through my balls rather than up my rectum ;) ;) ;)
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