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Old 02-11-2009, 03:18 AM
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Default Brushes on Clear Heads

Can brushes work well on clear heads?
I want to play some jazz but I want to make sure if brushes can be played on clear heads.
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Edit: Also the reason why I'm asking is because I have clear heads and I like the sound they give. I know coated are better but I still want to play with clear. That's why I want to know if its possible.

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Old 02-11-2009, 04:48 AM
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Default Re: Brushes on Clear Heads

Just to be on the same page: I assume you are talking about using brushes in a traditional jazz sense where horizontal strokes are used as much or more as vertical strokes.

If so, I just don't see it working well.

Brushes are subtle but a clear head would make them inaudible in most situations. I know I've heard of some intensely quiet gigs where a clear head might work. However, the same gig may not allow for other sounds like bass drum or even hi-hat to be used.

You may want to try some of Evans G-Plus 'coated' heads. They are more frosted than coated so they have a mix of both. There is definitely enough texture on G-Pluses to provide substance on horizontal strokes.

Once you lose texture on a head it just is not a good environment for brush playing.

Jim

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Old 02-11-2009, 05:39 AM
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Default Re: Brushes on Clear Heads

Brushes wont work well on coated heads. Thats mostly why coated heads were used and are still around today. You can talk about the slightly 'warmer' sound they offer, but essentially, the coating is there for a larger reason - to make brushes work!
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:44 AM
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Brushes wont work well on coated heads.
Damo,

I assume you meant "Brushes wont work well on uncoated heads." ?

Just trying to clarify.

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Old 02-11-2009, 05:46 AM
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Oops. thanks for the cover! That is correct!
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:49 AM
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Brushes on a clear head are just slightly better than the sound of one hand clapping.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:56 AM
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Brushes on a clear head are just slightly better than the sound of one hand clapping.
Ya, or even maybe even like stripping all your clothes off, and covering your naked body with olive oil, and sliding across a marble floor.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:31 AM
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Default Re: Brushes on Clear Heads

Keep a coated head on your snare for brushes. The toms can stay clear if you want them to. Brushes simply don't make any swish sound at all on clear snare heads.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:36 AM
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Ya, or even maybe even like stripping all your clothes off, and covering your naked body with olive oil, and sliding across a marble floor.
I found that if you stack pillows along the sides of the room, they will gently arrest your movement.

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Old 02-15-2009, 03:56 AM
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I have been using baby oil. Its much cheaper than Olive oil. Especially Extra Virgin Olive oil.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:22 AM
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Keep a coated head on your snare for brushes. The toms can stay clear if you want them to. Brushes simply don't make any swish sound at all on clear snare heads.
Thanks,
Thats the answer I needed because my snare is coated..
I just wanted to know about the toms. I love the attack of them.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:27 AM
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I have been using baby oil. Its much cheaper than Olive oil. Especially Extra Virgin Olive oil.
I'd hate to waste good EVOO on a floor sliding pastime. That stuff is much better on pasta and vegetable dishes. I am looking for the pepper hot version the mentioned on Dirty Jobs last week.
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