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Old 04-30-2014, 01:05 PM
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Will a normal cymbal felt solve my 'problem'?

Thanks for your time.
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Yeah it will! The design of that rubber-thing on your hihat machine will stop the cymbal pretty quick. Just put a few normal big cymbal washers on it and you should be fine :)

Oh and actually Gavin hits pretty hard, too..
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:50 PM
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Hi DsDrummer

I have a show in a few weeks and I have a solo I'm doing and i'm sort of having drummers block on what to do. I know I want it to be an open solo, not trading fours or eights. But besides that I don't know where to start. How do you approach solos and how to you make them tasteful and interesting without getting lost/ loosing the audience's attention. THanks for reading and thanks for sharing your talent with this forum.

Pick a theme - (let's say melodic patterns on the toms) and stick to it. Repeat the theme a few times - go away into something else and come back to the theme. DON'T try to play everything you know or have ever learnt. Keep things in tempo so that audience can keep up with you (and once you've gone back to your theme a few times they will start to recognise it). Try to resist playing as fast as you can and showing off. Don't spin your sticks or throw them in the air - your musical statement will soon be forgotten and folks will see you as a circus act. Music is not a competition - if you feel competitive just try to 'out-class' everyone else. Use dynamics - it's an exceptionally dynamic instrument after all - and try to enjoy yourself - everyone will pick up on your enthusiasm !!!!

Hi Bradley Cooper

I got my 14" Protean snare yesterday and wrote down some impressions of it here

thanks - I'm glad you like it.

Hi BrianBjur

At this point in your career, is there anything regarding music that you still have yet to approach? I think about this often as a self-taught guitarist, I hope to leave no stone unturned :)

Yes - I'd love to be able to play the piano better and I'd love to have the ability to compose a bit more. I took piano lessons for a couple of years and I need to get back to it. The funny thing is that it changes the way you play your primary instrument in a very positive way...so maybe you should try playing the drums?

Hi Drizzle

The top-hat isn't the problem for me. In that clip your bottom hat is moving around almost like a normal cymbal after you hit it and it keeps moving for a few seconds.
My Pearl Eliminator hi-hat has a rubber ring with three 'spikes' so it kind of cradles the hi-hat and it doesn't leave a lot of room for it to move up and down.


Yes - try a regular bottom cymbal felt and see if it improves - I imagine it will.

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Old 05-02-2014, 10:27 PM
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Hi DsDrummer

I have a show in a few weeks and I have a solo I'm doing and i'm sort of having drummers block on what to do. I know I want it to be an open solo, not trading fours or eights. But besides that I don't know where to start. How do you approach solos and how to you make them tasteful and interesting without getting lost/ loosing the audience's attention. THanks for reading and thanks for sharing your talent with this forum.

Pick a theme - (let's say melodic patterns on the toms) and stick to it. Repeat the theme a few times - go away into something else and come back to the theme. DON'T try to play everything you know or have ever learnt. Keep things in tempo so that audience can keep up with you (and once you've gone back to your theme a few times they will start to recognise it). Try to resist playing as fast as you can and showing off. Don't spin your sticks or throw them in the air - your musical statement will soon be forgotten and folks will see you as a circus act. Music is not a competition - if you feel competitive just try to 'out-class' everyone else. Use dynamics - it's an exceptionally dynamic instrument after all - and try to enjoy yourself - everyone will pick up on your enthusiasm !!!!


Cheers
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Tremendous advice! I especially like the admonition against stick twirling.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:08 AM
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The funny thing is that it changes the way you play your primary instrument in a very positive way...so maybe you should try playing the drums?
I completely agree. I believe that to play only one instrument limits the player incredibly, because their perspective of music isn't as thorough as it could be. Funny that you suggested drumming, because that's what I've learned the most from (I play both, I just happened to pick up the guitar first).

A bit of a follow-up, do you often gain new knowledge from fellow musicians or has curriculum been your main source of learning, specifically with other instruments?
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:02 PM
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Gavin,

I've been trying to wrap my head around dotted 8ths for quite some time now. The other day I was playing a steady, and very simple 4/4 beat with steady 8ths on the bell of the ride.
I played that for 3 bars, on the 4th bar, I attempted to switch the dotted 8ths. What happened was, the dotted 8th sounded correct, but my underlying 4/4 bass/snare got all thrown off track. As if my brain wanted to switch to a new time signature to fit the dotted 8ths.. frustrating really.

I think I focus too much on making the dotted 8th sound "off the beat" that I end up losing the original bass/snare positions. My ears hear the dotted 8th as "faster" than the underlying tempo. Is there a cheat sheet for figuring out how many dotted 8ths per bar of 4/4, 5/4, etc? I'm guessing if there are 16 16th notes in a bar of 4/4, counting every 3rd 16th note would give approximately 5 dotted 8ths.

Sorry if I confused you at all, it took some time trying to explain it to myself. haha

Cheers!
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:46 PM
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hello Mr. Gavin I wonder in which the note is tuned your snare drum (I mean the bottom and top skin) and by the way I love your playing you are doing incredibly piece of art. cheers from Poland

...sorry form my bad english ;)
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:19 PM
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Hi BrianBjur

do you often gain new knowledge from fellow musicians or has curriculum been your main source of learning, specifically with other instruments?

I'm always getting musicians to show me things on keyboards or bass. I learnt to play "Donna Lee" on the bass by friends showing me how it goes...(and I still play it pretty badly). I had piano lessons from Dave Stewart about 20 years ago - mainly harmony and theory rather than 'piano chops'.

Hi euphoric_anomaly

I've been trying to wrap my head around dotted 8ths for quite some time now. The other day I was playing a steady, and very simple 4/4 beat with steady 8ths on the bell of the ride.
I played that for 3 bars, on the 4th bar, I attempted to switch the dotted 8ths. What happened was, the dotted 8th sounded correct, but my underlying 4/4 bass/snare got all thrown off track. As if my brain wanted to switch to a new time signature to fit the dotted 8ths.. frustrating really.


I understand your frustrations. So here are two questions for you. 1) can you read drum notation? 2) do you have a teacher?
What you are experiencing a problem with is fairly basic syncopation/polyrhythm.

Is there a cheat sheet for figuring out how many dotted 8ths per bar of 4/4, 5/4, etc? I'm guessing if there are 16 16th notes in a bar of 4/4, counting every 3rd 16th note would give approximately 5 dotted 8ths.

There are no short cuts to anywhere worth going. If you could read you could work it out first before getting on the drums. There's never anything 'approximate' about rhythms like this. You have to know EXACTLY where EVERY note lands - otherwise you'll always be confused and mess it up. You need to know where all the notes are EVEN when they don't start on a downbeat. This is where reading notation really helps you understand how rhythm works.

Hi Kub@

I wonder in which the note is tuned your snare drum (I mean the bottom and top skin) and by the way I love your playing you are doing incredibly piece of art. cheers from Poland

it depends on the day and on the song. I don't tune the snare drum to an exact pitch. I can tell you that I tune the bottom head pretty tight - much tighter than the top head.

cheers
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:54 PM
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Gavin,

--I understand your frustrations. So here are two questions for you. 1) can you read drum notation? 2) do you have a teacher?


Sadly, the answer to both is no. What would really help me with learning how to read notation would be if I could load a drum tab from the internet into a program, and then press play, and have a bar or line following along with the notes so I can figure out what each little mark/symbol stands for. I'm more of a video/audio learner. If I can hear/see it at the same time, I absorb it much easier.

I took up drums because I was frustrated with trying to play/read piano notes, I also found I had a natural rhythm around the age of 6, but I have not been able to dedicate all my time/energy towards it, started out as a fun stress-relieving hobby. I understood that reading was a crucial part of learning the instrument, but I always found it easier to play by ear. However, I completely understand what you're trying to say and I appreciate your time/advice. Thank you!

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Old 05-28-2014, 06:59 AM
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Happy Birthday Gavin!:-)

All the best!
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:18 PM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAVIN!!! Go ride your bike! The drums need a rest. haha
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:22 PM
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Hello Mr. Harrison,

Perhaps a bit of an odd question, nothing to do with technique or gear, but if it was possible to trade your proficiency and fluency on the drums for an equivalent proficiency and fluency on any other instrument of your choosing, would you, and if so, which instrument?

Assuming you wouldn't, what other instrument do you wish you could play as well?

I ask because I sort of stumbled onto drums as a child and it has been wonderful, but I dabble with other instruments and sometimes find it difficult to practice them because it is so much easier to walk over to my kit and practice something more interesting. But at the same time I wish I had an equivalent skill with them, especially piano. (And piano lessons with Dave Stewart? Really now, that must have been wonderful. I have both of his books and found his writing and humor to be top notch. Loved the Green & Blue CD.)

Thanks and happy B'day,
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:04 AM
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Hey Gavin!

Just a quick question about this thing you do. For one, it's a main component to the chorus patterns in your tune with 05Ric "Illusion," but you're probably not a psychic (OR ARE YOU?!?) and would like me to further explain what I'm after, so the thing I'm describing can actually be seen and heard at 1:49 in your Killer Joe video. I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around exactly what it is you're doing. It deal with an ope hi hat and a tom and a snare it seems, but it's weird and cool, so I'll just let you explain 'cuz you're the master.

Killer Joe - 1:49 is where I speak of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWI0l4I2RaE

Other than that, I am very content with your newest book Rhythmic Composition. Finally seeing a full transcription of tunes like "Cheating the Polygraph" and "What Happens Now?" as well as the quintessential fill in the middle of "Circle of Manias" is just fascinating. And your story telling is quite entertaining. Also, having your signature is pretty cool too.

That's all for now. Of course, how could I forget to wish you aaaaaaa... happy birthday! We all very much appreciate everything you do, and not to mention taking the time to answer questions on this forum for us curious followers of your work. You are a true inspiration and a wonderful talent in the world. Thanks for being my inspiration to go farther and farther on the drumset every time I can. Always someting new to learn from you.

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:16 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I've watched the Anesthetize live DVD a bunch of times, but have noticed something very curious only now. I saw that in Sleep Together you lead with your left hand in the verses, yet everywhere else you led with your right hand as normal. Was there a reason for this? It seems very specific that you'd only do it in the verses, yet I can't discern what that reason is.

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:42 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I've been using the Sensaphonics custom earplugs for several years, and love them (wish I would have had them years ago). Am now considering getting away from the heavy (and loud) stage monitors, and getting the Sensaphonic 2X-S wired IEMs....but I worry about how they will hold up longer term with the sweat, wax, etc...? The IEMs are quite expensive, and I worry about their life-expectancy in the presence of moisture, etc...Have you experienced any such issues? If so, how much life do you get out of your IEMs before experiencing problems? Thanks, Greg
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:34 AM
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Hi Gavin,

In Sound of Muzak (album version), there is a bell / chime sound that is different than your cup chimes. Do you remember what it was? Thanks!

http://youtu.be/hp0OXICuZek?t=1m6s
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:51 PM
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Gavin,

Thank you so much for keeping this thread alive for so long. You answered a question I had over 3 years ago, and it's amazing that you've been willing to constantly check this thread and answer questions that come up. I love catching up every few months on all your answers.

I do have another question, this time regarding your equipment, and I apologize if you've answered this before. I know you use Speed Cobra pedals, but with Sonor hammer-style beaters instead of the stock ones. Why is this?

I recently made the switch from DW 5000 to Speed Cobra, and although I'm loving the pedals, I'm finding that the beaters don't have quite as much weight as I would like from a "physics" standpoint, and thought it was possible that that's why you switched them out, as well.

Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:45 AM
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I learnt to play "Donna Lee" on the bass by friends showing me how it goes...(and I still play it pretty badly).


That's alright, I don't think Jaco really knew what he was doing when he played it either. I heard the podcast interview that you recently did, and there were a couple things I could definitely relate to (the discouraging teenage years, the habit of making lists, and the disturbing curiosity to tinker with sounds for hours). Has this curiosity to explore for you only become stronger over time, or has it been fairly constant? I just need to know so I can try to prepare myself financially.

Thanks,
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:51 AM
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Hi Gavin,

I read about your 40s A Ride having a split that you're worried about worsening (that's a word, right..?). There's a very talented guy in the UK who could repair that for you - Bejamin Camp with Cymbal Magic. A quick google search will point you to him.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:41 PM
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Gavin,

Looking forward to seeing you with King Crimson in New York!

I was looking at Tony Levin's pictures from the recent rehearsals and it appears that you have some kind of double headed "Octoban" type drums to your left. I'm guessing its your job to handle the old Bruford parts!

They don't look like the standard 6" size. Are they 8"? What led you to add these drums to your arsenal?
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:59 AM
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:30 PM
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Hi JimFiore

Perhaps a bit of an odd question, nothing to do with technique or gear, but if it was possible to trade your proficiency and fluency on the drums for an equivalent proficiency and fluency on any other instrument of your choosing, would you, and if so, which instrument?

Piano - really the most complete instrument. I wish I'd studied it when I was young.

Hi K_HiHats

Just a quick question about this thing you do. For one, it's a main component to the chorus patterns in your tune with 05Ric "Illusion," but you're probably not a psychic (OR ARE YOU?!?) and would like me to further explain what I'm after, so the thing I'm describing can actually be seen and heard at 1:49 in your Killer Joe video.Killer Joe - 1:49 is where I speak of.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWI0l4I2RaE


basically it's this pattern in fig 2.(ride cym, BD and then flam across the tom to snare drum - but with a hi hat note played with the left hand in between the ride and bd note) .fig 1 is a much easier version to understand - so it's that extra hi hat note that gives it the unusual twist.
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Hi Illusion1409

I've watched the Anesthetize live DVD a bunch of times, but have noticed something very curious only now. I saw that in Sleep Together you lead with your left hand in the verses, yet everywhere else you led with your right hand as normal. Was there a reason for this? It seems very specific that you'd only do it in the verses, yet I can't discern what that reason is.

because I wanted to play 16th (and occasional 24ths) ghost notes on the snare drum throughout the whole section. It seemed the easiest way to do it.

Hi GregP

I've been using the Sensaphonics custom earplugs for several years, and love them (wish I would have had them years ago). Am now considering getting away from the heavy (and loud) stage monitors, and getting the Sensaphonic 2X-S wired IEMs....but I worry about how they will hold up longer term with the sweat, wax, etc...? The IEMs are quite expensive, and I worry about their life-expectancy in the presence of moisture, etc...Have you experienced any such issues? If so, how much life do you get out of your IEMs before experiencing problems?

it kind of depends how much you sweat. I have had to send mine back twice now as I've damaged the mics (on the 3D Ambient model) due to moisture. Just be really careful how you store them and make sure you have a good way of extracting the moisture in the storage box.

Hi formula428

In Sound of Muzak (album version), there is a bell / chime sound that is different than your cup chimes. Do you remember what it was? Thanks!

At the very beginning of the song I hit an A Zildjian 6" splash cymbal.

Hi SnareSpectre

I know you use Speed Cobra pedals, but with Sonor hammer-style beaters instead of the stock ones. Why is this?

I just preferred the sound, balance, and plastic surface of he Sonor beaters. The weight, profile and length of the beaters dramatically changes the feel of the pedal.

Hi BrianBjur

I heard the podcast interview that you recently did, and there were a couple things I could definitely relate to (the discouraging teenage years, the habit of making lists, and the disturbing curiosity to tinker with sounds for hours). Has this curiosity to explore for you only become stronger over time, or has it been fairly constant? I just need to know so I can try to prepare myself financially.

I think I've become more curious as I've got older.

If anyone out there is interested here's a link to the Podcast that I did recently. https://soundcloud.com/mikedolbear-c...t-life-stories

Hi Netz Ausg

I read about your 40s A Ride having a split that you're worried about worsening (that's a word, right..?). There's a very talented guy in the UK who could repair that for you - Bejamin Camp with Cymbal Magic. A quick google search will point you to him.

thanks very much. A interesting site to know about. http://cymbalmagic.com/index.html

Hi gongbass

I was looking at Tony Levin's pictures from the recent rehearsals and it appears that you have some kind of double headed "Octoban" type drums to your left. I'm guessing its your job to handle the old Bruford parts!


Yes they're Sonor Prototypes (all 8" diameter) and all double headed. Nothing to do with Bill Bruford's parts though. I had the idea for these a few years ago and finally worked out the logistics of having them made recently. They're still in the development stage.

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Perhaps a silly question with an embarrassingly simple answer but, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out the chinas at 5:34 and hearing the the double bass rhythm that follows at 5:36 in the live performance of Way Out of Here.

A link to that particular section:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95QS3c_Tei4&t=5m34s

I was wondering if you could tell me what's going on. It sounds like there's more than just steady notes on the double bass once it starts (but maybe my ears are just bad.)

I'd also like to add that you're a great source of knowledge for the drumming community, so thanks for taking the time to contribute as you do.

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:20 AM
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In Sound of Muzak (album version), there is a bell / chime sound that is different than your cup chimes. Do you remember what it was? Thanks!

At the very beginning of the song I hit an A Zildjian 6" splash.

Cheers
Gavin
I apologize Gavin, but I was actually referring to after the end of the first chorus, at about 1:06. It sounds like a Zil-Bel, but much higher pitched. Thanks in advance, I've always wondered about this cymbal.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:05 PM
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Hi Raavus

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out the chinas at 5:34 and hearing the the double bass rhythm that follows at 5:36 in the live performance of Way Out of Here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95QS3c_Tei4&t=5m34s
I was wondering if you could tell me what's going on. It sounds like there's more than just steady notes on the double bass once it starts (but maybe my ears are just bad.)


It is a lot easier than it sounds. Basically I'm playing the Afro Cuban 6/8 pattern across the two the china cymbals on my right side (the pattern in this first bar). Then I just just slip in some Hertas on the bass drum underneath that pattern (the second bar in the example below). Towards the end I start to play some of the ghost notes from the 6/8 Afro-Cuban pattern on the left china.

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Hi formula428

I apologize Gavin, but I was actually referring to after the end of the first chorus, at about 1:06. It sounds like a Zil-Bel, but much higher pitched.


Not a Zil Bel but one of my many prototypes that I made. That one was from a very thick cymbal (probably a hi hat top cymbal originally) and it had an unusual "ping" to it.

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Old 06-22-2014, 10:09 PM
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Hey Gavin,

I was just wondering how you approach linear drumming. Do you think of it like, say, a left flam triplet where you can move a set pattern around the kit, or is it more structured as to what exactly you're hitting on each 24th note? They've always fascinated me, and I'm just wondering how I should go about learning them.

Hope your day is going well!
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:26 AM
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Get this book and go through it a few times.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:26 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I recently received your latest book from burnigshed and was fortunate enough to get a signed copy. I'm thrilled about the accuracy of the notations and about the explanations you gave for every piece. It's very enjoyable to listen to the songs and follow the notations in the book although I will never be able to play this stuff. A great book about wonderful music. Usually I listen to PT on my way to work or back home. Quite loudly, I have to admit, and I already killed the speakers in my car and had to get better ones. This bass drum of yours is unbelievable, as is the overall sound of your kit :). I encorporated some of your tuning techniques into my own kit's tuning and am now quite happy with the sound.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you perform with PT or 05Ric live sometimes. Unfortunately I couldn't visit your and 05Ric's concert in Cologne last year but hopefully there'll be other occasions. I'm not having any questions. Just wanted to stop by, say "hello" and "thanks" for the autograph.

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Tom (Germany)
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:30 AM
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Hello again,

I noticed that the fill before Fear of a Blank Planet's pre-solo is similar in time and structure to that of the break in Rush's By-tor and the Snow Dog, just before the 4-minute mark Is this a coincidence, or did you take some inspiration from Mr. Peart?
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:04 PM
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Hi BrianBjur

I was just wondering how you approach linear drumming. Do you think of it like, say, a left flam triplet where you can move a set pattern around the kit, or is it more structured as to what exactly you're hitting on each 24th note? They've always fascinated me, and I'm just wondering how I should go about learning them.

Usually I just think of it as a melody between one or two of the elements (let's say the bass drum and the snare drum accents). The melody might be quite simple and I can fill in all the other notes semi-automatically. However - to make it sound smooth you need to be able to think pretty fast. Other times it might be a pre-designed sticking pattern that I'm just moving around the drums so it sounds quite random but actually it's just re-voiced.

Hi Illusion1409

I noticed that the fill before Fear of a Blank Planet's pre-solo is similar in time and structure to that of the break in Rush's By-tor and the Snow Dog, just before the 4-minute mark Is this a coincidence, or did you take some inspiration from Mr. Peart?

I guess it must be coincidence. I didn't have any Rush records when I was growing up - so I'm sorry to say that I don't know the songs you're referring to. I do know Mr Peart though - and he's a jolly nice guy!!!

Meanwhile here's a couple of Podcast interviews if anyone is interested in hearing them:
http://gtdspod.wordpress.com/2014/07...avin-harrison/
https://soundcloud.com/mikedolbear-c...t-life-stories

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:48 PM
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Hi Gavin
I've ashamed to say I've only recently found out about Porcupine Tree, and your fantastic playing. I don't have a question as such, just wanted to suck up a bit and say thank you for taking time to participate in this forum and being so accessible, I'm just really sorry I missed your clinic tours you did here in South Africa!
Actually, I do have a question: Did you enjoy your time here in our country and do you plan on coming again, either with PT or on a clinic tour?
Many thanks
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:55 PM
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hey Gavin,

I just watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHeXwSun69s of you talking about how music has changed from when you were a kid to nowadays. I was just curious if you have any other ideas on how young musicians like myself can change how things are now, and make people more aware of how important music is and that it isn't just background noise.

Thank you,
Dan
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:45 PM
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Hey Gavin,

Thank you for answering my question about the linear stuff. My latest question is less technical, I was curious to know if you have any "pet-peeves" when it comes to musicians. Personally I find it hard to deal with guys that feel like they have to show off everything they've got on their instrument in the middle of every conversation.

Also, I've recently rewatched your DVDs (everytime I get something new out of them), and I just wanted to say you've gotten even better since then, not that you had room for improvement. I'm not quite sure what it is, maybe something about your comfort level when executing your perhaps "unconventional" ideas.

Enjoy your day,
Brian
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Hello Mr. Harrison,

I understand that your first progressive rock gig was with Renaissance in the the early 1980s and I believe also your first US tour(?).

Do you have any good memories of that tour or lessons learned you'd like to share (things to do or to avoid)? I liked Terry Sullivan's drum parts but Annie Haslam's voice was just other worldly (saw them a couple times in the late 1970s).

Thanks, and best regards on the upcoming Crimson tour. Tried to get seats at the Albany, NY gigs but no luck.
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Hello Mr. Harrison,

I understand that your first progressive rock gig was with Renaissance in the the early 1980s. Is this you, May, 1983 in Chicago?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLCdH9ojI0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsLBM0Uudx4

In any case, do you have any good memories of that tour or lessons learned you'd like to share? I liked Terry Sullivan's drum parts but Annie Haslam's voice was just other worldly (saw them a couple times in the late 1970s).

Thanks, and best regards on the upcoming Crimson tour. Tried to get seats at the Albany, NY gigs but no luck.
Same question got asked a year ago. See post no. 6119.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:25 PM
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Thanks. Didn't see that.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:41 AM
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Hi Gavin!

I'm a huge fan of your work, and I've been learning your stuff like crazy. I came across "Bonnie the Cat" the other day. To me it didn't sound like an odd time, I learned it pretty fast and I can now play it note-to-note with ease. And then I saw your solo performance of it, where you actually count in. Mind-blown. I got it all wrong. I somehow thought that the hi-hat accents were off the beat, and snare on the beat, with the riff starting at the second eight-note of the bar, and "1" being the little 1/8-note pause that you leave after most fills. Does my explanation make any sense?

I now know that the whole song (apart from the more obvious 4/4 heavy parts in the middle of the song) should sound entirely different, but after learning it the wrong way, there seems to be no way for me for it to sound like it is supposed to. I have tried playing it with a click, but my stupid brain just assumes that even my talking click "one-two-three-four" is simply off the beat. Any tips for trying to listen/play it right?
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:21 PM
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Hey Gavin!

I just wanted to start by saying thanks for the transcription of the one figure from "Illusion," it was really helpful. Also, your podcasts have been quite entertaining to listen to, as well as a great way to pass the time for me the last couple times I rebuilt my kit at home after gigging out and about. (My kit takes in general more than a half hour to put together what with my 7 drums, 13 cymbals, double bass pedal and Cobra Clutch, plus a bunch of fancy hardware.) The interviews were also very informative and a great learning experience.

Question wise, I've recently gotten into some of, well actually ALL of your works with Ed Poole. I only learned a few days ago that you recorded way more than just the couple tunes you've shared on Facebook, being "Gnu" and one of my favorites, "Goofy." (I've never heard a pattern before like in the beginning of "Gnu" with the off-sixteenth hi hat hits every other sixteenth, plus the rhythmic illusions during the fill sections were fascinating to analyze and work through. Also, the ride section on "Goofy" is just fantastic, especially the groupings of five with your RLRRL sicking sometimes a RLRLL thrown in as well.)

Getting more to the point, only today did I discover that the drum tracks for the tunes "Lock Stock" (2009) and "Whassup?" (2010) are in most, if not all aspects completely alike. I first noticed this when I came across a section during the ride patterns of both that had a recognizable illusion from your song with 05Ric, "Source," during the chorus. (The off- sixteenths as in.) Upon further examination, I found that fills, little nuances, even entire 8 bar grooves were exactly the same between both pieces. What I'm wondering is, what's the story behind this? The tunes are even in the same key. Clearly "Lock Stock" was recorded first. I'm just curious to know what the reasoning behind this is.

Thanks for answering as always.
Cheers -- Peter
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:02 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I wanted to ask you something about your live situation with PT.
You said you don't play with a click and you talk your way through the song.
But how do you do it without any reference to the tempo or tempo variances?
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