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Old 03-26-2009, 05:04 PM
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2bsticks and Basswood--

Thanks to you both. I'm flattered you guys are enjoying the DVD!

Stillgroovin--

MD Polls results issue ships the first week of May, FYI.

Supermac--

Thanks for the compliment on my segment from the MD Fest. To answer your questions, I really enjoyed everybody because every performer brought something different to the table. I think it was a very cool roster that covered a wide spectrum of drumming. I was honored to be there and I can't remember being that nervous or edgy in many, many years. High pressure indeed!

intheruff---

The paradidledidle or "Gary Chaffee 6B sticking" is indeed on my DVD. It appears in the pad section and then in the kit applications section. I think you'll find your answer by watching it. All the notes are at the same note rate---there's no slowing down anywhere. The main accents are on:
1, the A of 1, the & of 2,(for the right hand) 3, the A of 3, the & of 4 (for the left hand.) Make sense? Or really, the accents follow the bass drum rhythm of a Brazilian Biao. Try to find that part on the DVD and I'm sure it will be made clear. I know I used the para and a half example in the MD Fest DVD.

Thanks for your question and good luck!

Cheers,
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:23 PM
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intheruff---

The paradidledidle or "Gary Chaffee 6B sticking" is indeed on my DVD. It appears in the pad section and then in the kit applications section. I think you'll find your answer by watching it. All the notes are at the same note rate---there's no slowing down anywhere. The main accents are on:
1, the A of 1, the & of 2,(for the right hand) 3, the A of 3, the & of 4 (for the left hand.) Make sense? Or really, the accents follow the bass drum rhythm of a Brazilian Biao. Try to find that part on the DVD and I'm sure it will be made clear. I know I used the para and a half example in the MD Fest DVD.

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Got it! It seems I've discovered an unconventional way of playing it... haha. I don't know why I missed it on the dvd, especially after watching the two sections several times. DOH! Thanks for the clairification. I'm sure to need more. :(
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:58 PM
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Hello Todd,

The hot rod grip at the MD Festival was great :))))

I was wondering what's the place where you recorded your nice dvd im about to buy.

Thank you, you are one of those drummers one can listen for hours and never getting enuff of it:)

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Old 03-30-2009, 03:15 PM
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intheruff--

Glad you got it!

steste50---

My DVD was shot just outside Austin, Texas. I hope you pick up the dvd straight from Altitude Digital here:
http://www.altitudedigital.com/todd-...mechanics.html

It'll will ship right to your door in Italy! I had planed on trying to get some clinic dates in Italy last month but things seemed to fall through. Hope someone brings me there soon.

Thanks a lot- and hope you enjoy the dvd.

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:28 PM
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I can't remember being that nervous or edgy in many, many years. High pressure indeed!
that must've been quite an experience! i get nervous at a show if i know there's even just one good drummer in the crowd watching. i can't imagine performing for a whole auditorium full of expert drummers watching your every move!
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:19 PM
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Hey--

If there are any folks in western Canada on the forum, I'll be doing clinics next week:

April 28th, Calgary @ Axe Music
April 29th, Edmonton @ Axe Music

Come on out and say hi!

I'll be on the road with Styx all summer long. Check the schedule here:
http://www.styxworld.com/ontour.asp

Cheers!
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:21 PM
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Hey Todd
How do you pronounce your last name....Is it Sucher- as in "sushi" or Sucher- as in " Im gonna get U sucka" - man....
Just wondering....
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:46 PM
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Sook---like Book. Bookerman=Sucherman.

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:47 AM
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...Todd.

Looking forward to your upcoming clinic in Edmonton this Wednesday.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:29 AM
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Hi Todd,
I've been living with the MDF 08 DVD's all weekend, seeking out Gavin Harrison especially but discovering new drummers in the process. I had my first experience of your playing with the literally jaw dropping 'Tears Of Joy' and already I am a convert, such technique and taste, simply blown away. Imho yours was the stand out performance from the whole weekend and I'm looking forward to checking out more of your playing and of course your DVD.
Most inspiring, thank you.

You have to release 'Tears' as an audio track as I'm reading that many people want this...myself included. Personally I ripped it from the MD DVD and have it on repeat on my ipod.

Regards, Ogg, England.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:05 AM
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Baz--

See you in 2 days. Hope you dig the clinic!

Ogg--

Thanks for the kind words. Sorry to disappoint but an audio track will be impossible. I don't "own" the piece of music, and the red tape of lawyers and publishers would not make it cost effective really.

I hope you decide to pick up the DVD direct from us here:
http://www.altitudedigital.com/todd-...mechanics.html

A similar version of "Tears" is on it with some different fills---although the DVD and the MD fest were pretty close to each other and I didn't have time to really re-work it. But it's over 5 hours of all I've got! So hope you pick it up and dig it.

Thanks again for your lovely compliments!

Cheers from Calgary,
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:47 AM
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Great Edmonton clinic! Looking forward to having time to watch the dvd.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:39 AM
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Hello Tod, first off i would like to say your drumming inspires me. I first seen you in the Styx DVD live with the Cleveland orchestra. My favorite part was in the extra's, were there was a camera just on you. When i saw you on the cover of Modern Drummer i couldn't read the issue fast enough. I look forward to watching your DVD and rockin out for a long time.


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Old 05-01-2009, 08:11 AM
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Great Edmonton clinic! Looking forward to having time to watch the dvd.
...ditto.



What a great time. This was the fifth clinic that I have been to, but it is the only one that I have come away from feeling inspired rather than clinically depressed. (pun intended)

It seems with every clinic I attend, My drumming limitations become more magnified in my mind, and it takes me a while to erase my feelings of futility. I gave up going to clinics with the hope that I would actually learn anything that I could use. To me, clinics are purely for awe inspiring entertainment.

Last night, aside from being awed by your playing, I was inspired by the way you presented yourself, your music, and your philosophy. I left feeling very encouraged. I can't wait to dig into your DVD.

Thank you Tod for the great clinic, and the spark that it has reignited.

beleve me, I needed this.

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:10 PM
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Hey Todd its great to have you on the forum and i was really blown away by your dvd is was the funnest drum dvd ever anyway would an clinic in Ireland be out of the question

Much love and respect

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:00 AM
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Hey Todd

The big "four-oh" is coming up! Sheesh..what a rush...Pearl really ought to put something like a "Todd Sucherman Masterworks" snaredrum together for you as a present! Don't you think :) ..

I hope you'll be around in the forty years to come -- to inspire yet another generation of musicians!

Thank YOU very much...and happy birthday, Todd

All the best and cheers from Bavaria,
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:23 PM
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Hi Todd,

Four months on, still learning from the DVD.

I've got a pile of 'drum porn' but yours is the most useful and one I keep going back to.

After reaching a plateau, I honestly think my own playing has grown, since taking on board some of your ideas.


PS. Check out new Jeff Beck DVD with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Some monstrous playing...
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:53 PM
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Hey Everyone,

Just dropping a note here at 5 am....just pulling into St. Louis after two amazing days in Chicago, my old hometown.

I've received a lot of positive feedback from the trailer clip of my upcoming DVD, "Methods and Mechanics"shown here at Drummerworld and I thought I'd pass on some news about it.

The release date is August 5th and we're hopefully doing the Blu Ray in the fall. It's an expensive proposition, but for now we have the double DVD shot in HD 16X9 at the replicators now. It clocks in at over 5 hours----so wear something comfortable for viewing! We will start taking pre orders and hopefully ship before the actual release date. You can get the info at Altitudedigital.com
http://altitudedigital.com/todd-such...mechanics.html

It will be available worldwide from them. I hope that those who choose to check it out gain much from the content and are entertained at the very least! I'm happy to pass on more information or answer any questions that anyone might have.

Thanks to Bernhard for this incredible site. I mention it by name in the DVD as well.....

And thanks to you guys as well! Cheers and happy drumming--

Todd Sucherman
Hey Todd, I love your playing skills, dude, you are BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love the song One with Everything!!!!!!!! anyway do you have any tips on giving lessons?? I have been giving lessons to a girl in my nieghborhood and well...... let's just say it REALLY challenging!!!! thx again!!! PS: check out my set!!!! and all yall can give me lesson tips!!!!!! plz and thx!!!!
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:28 AM
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Interitus---

Thanks! And thanks for coming out to the clinic. Hope you dig the DVD.


TimmyG--

Thanks to you as well. Hope you dig the DVD too!


Baz--

Nice to meet you at the clinic, man. I deeply appreciate your kind words and I'm glad the clinic had that effect on you. I think clinics should make the attendees want to get to their drum kit right away. And it should be an educational/inspirational type of thing---not just a fireworks display. Because, who does that help, you know? So really, yours is wonderful feedback and I really appreciate it. Get to work---but always remember to have FUN with it. It's not a contest!


Jason--

Thanks for getting the dvd and for your positive feedback. Man, I'd love to come to Ireland. Thing is, I have to be invited. I don't choose where I do clinics. I have to be invited---that's how these things work! Hopefully I will get a call from a shop or festival over there. Thanks again.


Andreas---

Yup, just passed the 40 mark. I should be breaking a hip anytime now. Thanks for your birthday wishes! I just spent the week doing the basic tracks for the next Taylor Mills record. Very excited.


Supermac---

That's fantastic feedback. Thanks! I'm so glad it's still having a positive effect on you. Keep up the good work! And yeah, got the Beck/Vinnie. Awesome.


Beastdrummagirl---

Thanks! Best advice is to be patient with your students while giving them strong guidance and encouragement. All students differ so you have to change up your "thing" to fit the needs, temperament and talent level of each student. You'll develop your style with experience. I wish you luck.


Thanks again everyone.....

Cheers!
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:19 AM
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Dear Todd,

I am writing from London, (yep your dvd was avaiable from the 11 of may on amazon uk)I just spend couple of days watching your dvd y must say it been a pleasure to watch it! i am glad i spend a few quid on it really:)

There is only a small comment I would like to do if I may: having enjoyed so much the your performances and explanations I am missing some printable transcriptions (tears of joy) to dig deeper in some of the aspects covered, like phrasing, overiding etc

Thank you very much for your time

Cheers

Pd: coming to london at some point?
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:49 PM
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ibantxodrums,

Thanks for getting the dvd and glad you are enjoying it! As for your question, there's no Tears of Joy transcription on the dvd. There are printable PDFs of the "hands on the pad/application" section on either disc 1 or 2 (I forget which one). That's all we had time to do really.

We played Hammersmith Odeon in '05 and Wembley in '07, but no London on the books for now. I'm hoping it won't be too long until we make it back there.

For those interested, our USA summer/fall schedule is here:
http://www.styxworld.com/SilverStripe/index.php

Thanks again and I wish you the best with your playing!
Cheers,
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:13 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Just passing by to say I've visited your site and just discovered that your drum room is amazingly great!

So, congratulations on that and on your fantastic playing and musicality.

Now, let me get back to the drums to practice some more...

:)

Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:51 PM
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Hey Todd,

Do you know, which type of wood does your Pearl drum-set, from your dvd, has (especially the snare drum), and which china-cymbal do you play at your dvd (the left one) ??

Thanks for answering all questions!!

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PS: I'm from germany, so my english is not very good!
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:49 AM
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Dan---


Thanks a lot. The pics on Toddsucherman.com are of the old drum room. My website is being redone and will have the new pics up by mid summer. There are current pics on my Myspace page if you have an account. Thanks again!

CL--

The dvd kit is a Pearl Masterworks from 2001. The finish outer ply is Bubinga, Maple center plies, and 2 inner plies of African Mahogany. The Pearl snare is a one piece solid Rosewood Masterworks. The wood hoop drum is the Pro Mark 50th Anniversary drum built by Pete Stanbridge (Stanbridgedrums.com). The China (hi hat side) from the dvd is a Sabian 17" AAXtreme and the other (floor tom side) is a Sabian 19" Paragon.

Hope that helps.

Cheers from Seattle!
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:03 AM
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Hi Todd,

I was hoping to see you this year when you are in the Boston area but as luck would have it I'm gigging myself. Figures. Do you have any plans on doing clinics in the near future that may bring you to Boston?

Thanks
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:39 PM
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Todd:

hope you are well! Just wanted to say congratulations on the Modern Drummer Award - much deserved.

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Hey!! I didn't even realize that you are on here! Congrats on winning the Rock genre on the Modern Drummer Awards. I haven't heard much of your playing, but I hear a lot of good stuff about you and your technique. Thanks for joining the forum (even though I'm a bit late on the welcome part). It's a pleasure having you on here!
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hey! congratulations on winning the "best rock drummer" poll in modern drummer magazine. when you think of how many rock drummers there are in the world, that's pretty significant!
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:29 PM
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Thanks a lot for answering!

I'm definitely checking your Myspace page.

Cheers!





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Thanks a lot. The pics on Toddsucherman.com are of the old drum room. My website is being redone and will have the new pics up by mid summer. There are current pics on my Myspace page if you have an account. Thanks again!
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Congrats on being voted number one rock drummer in MD....
Kinda of funny thats what you are labled but IMO you are waaaay more than just a rock drummer...

I have a Bob Mamet CD and there is a certain drummer doin a great job on a jazz record...
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:39 PM
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2b--

Hope you can make the show at the end of the month. We have a great "show" this year with pretty big production, so hope you come out. As far as clinics, no one has invited me to do one out your way. That's how it works, you see. I don't choose where I go....a shop has to invite me. So hopefully I'll be out there at some point.

Paul, Drummer girl and Dairy,

Thanks a lot! I was really quite surprised and very flattered. Thanks again.

Linear--
Thanks, man. Wow....that Mamet record seems like a long, long time ago. I suppose it was.....


Cheers, everyone!
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:27 AM
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Todd,

Kudo's to you on the recent acknowledgement by MD. Took a lot of years to become an over night sensation huh? lol Is the lesson this, a darn good DVD can have that effect?

Am I assuming too much with thinking that the rise in your publicity is a result of the DVD and broader audiance it has put you in contact with? How much help did you seek out to put the DVD together? There has to be a lot involved that goes beyond drumming alone so how familiar were you with the process before starting? When you come out with #2 what will you do differently or maintain control over? I'm curious about this because when I started drumming DVD's and tapes didn't exist and I think next to a good teacher, their probably the best thing to happen for drummers since the advent of recording. They've opened up a new world of access for drummers and musicians in general.

In the brief write-up with you in the June MD from the Festival in NY, there is an example of one of your exercises, polyrhythmic paradiddle pattern. It's a great exercise, but I wonder why you consider it a paradiddle pattern? As you know the paradiddle is an alternate sticking rudiment and your exercise isn't. Of course this could be a error with MD. If not, why a paradiddle?

Last and quickly, how would you rate your sight reading skills? How important do you think sight reading is?

Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:47 PM
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Just saw you and the rest of Styx at the White House. How cool was that? Did you get to meet Obama?
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:57 PM
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donv---

Lots of questions! OK........

I think there were a lot of factors other than the dvd that helped raise my visibility in the drum world. In many ways the stars were aligned just right and the dvd helped, but one thing is the fact that I've done 100 shows a year for the last ten years in front of 2 to 15 thousand people a night. Also I've been doing several clinics a year since 2003. We had a live dvd play on HD channels for quite some time, and in 2008 I did Brian Wilson's "That Lucky Old Sun" cd (and live dvd and documentary) which Rolling Stone and Mojo gave 4 stars to........so add in more clinics, more shows, the dvd, more shows, TV, Modern Drummer Fest.......and that's the way it goes I suppose. It just feels I'm doing what I've always been doing.

I had full control over the dvd and will have full control when I do a second one. That's one of the reasons I went with Altitude Digital---Eric Dorris and I were off and running after the first lunch. He's become a dear friend and he's a talented drummer as well as filmmaker. The only thing that will be different on #2 will obviously be the content. We had a small crew but all the contents came from my noggin.'

I'm sorry that I can't recall the lick your speaking of from the MD fest. I may have done a double para/half para hand to hand thing with the accents in a biao rhythm. There was also maybe a half para (RLRR) lick played at the 4:3 rate, that if you lag the left hand becomes the Tony Williams Blushda or Gabloosh lick (in the interview section). But none of those are true poly rhythms in any sense. Perhaps you can be more specific or give the dvd time (ex 29.14) of where you are talking about.

My sight reading most likely isn't anywhere where it used to be when I was doing sessions everyday. I suppose if you don't use it you loose it a little---and would take a bit of work to get back to the level it was. I do think reading is important and has served me well in my career. I just haven't had anyone hand me a chart in quite some time!

Hope I've answered your questions, donv.

shoedaddy---

We didn't meet the President but it was an incredible and memorable day. You can check out part of the story here:

http://www.pearldrum.com/News/News-Item.aspx?id=399

Cheers from Boston,

Todd
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:36 PM
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Anxious to see the gig @ MAC Omaha Council Bluffs July 12th !
I work in radio ..we've been promoting the heck outta the tour !.

Cheers !
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:14 PM
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Todd,

My friend has a new Styx Tribute Band. I don't know if you heard of them. I was asked to be the drummer; but he went with an old friend from his first band who had a booking agency and many contacts in the touring circuit. I think they're good. (Oh, and the band was my idea.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5DL-9C22kk
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:54 PM
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Dan--

Hope you enjoy the gig!

Delta--

You know, every tribute band sends me links to clips and I've seen a minute or so of the one you provided. It's a peculiar feeling to watch something like that....I can't put it into words....but I can only watch 60 seconds or so. No disrespect to your pals or the other tribute bands but it makes me realize how well my band mates play and sing. I know that may sound like a dis but it isn't. I hear MY guys every night and they kill......it ain't easy. Ain't easy at all.

Thanks nonetheless!

Cheers from Boston.....still

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:38 PM
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I hear where you are coming from. The notion of tributes bands is not something that I myself feel comfortable with at all. It's a bunch of middle-aged guys looking for something to do. And they are rarely any good. They say imitation if the sincerest form of flattery. But a bunch of fat middle aged guys in wigs, that's another story.

I know that my buddy, Bob, is a huge Styx fan, and I found it flattering that I was considered because they thought I could handle some of the more intricate drumming that you have brought to the band. Then I would have been on here asking you for advice, and saying hey what are you doing in this song. I wish them luck; but if you don't really like 'em, maybe I ducked a big mashed potato.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:04 PM
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Wondering if you can give me some advice--I'll try to keep this short.

Started playing using traditional grip as a kid, took ten years off from drumming (college, getting started in life, etc.), then have played matched grip for the past ten years. Have been experimenting with traditional again lately, it's gone better than expected, and I'm contemplating a switch back completely. I've seen that you play mostly if not all traditional.

Can you summarize any advantages I might have playing mostly or all traditional? Speed? Touch? Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:08 PM
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Delta---

Again, I mean no disrespect to your friends. It's just a hard thing for me to watch/listen to....and I may have explained myself vaguely or incorrectly. (And I'm still unable to come up with words or phrases!)

Shoe--

Although I play mostly traditional, I never consider it one way verses another. I play both ways---and if you think of it like that it simply comes down to playing. Playing is IT. The grip is a means to an end. I see no advantage one way or another but by playing both ways you will think of think of different things to play based on your grip. It comes down to an essence or internal feeling. You might conjure up ideas -- or get inspired to go somewhere with traditional that wouldn't have occurred with matched and vice versa. So don't get caught up in "one way or another." Have fun with both!

Hope I've helped.

Cheers from upstate NY,
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