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Old 12-31-2011, 06:58 PM
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Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that 2011 has already passed us by, but 2012 is about to be upon us and it's that time of year when we all decide that we're going to make resolutions to try and better ourselves. So my question to you is, "What resolutions do you have for drumming in the New Year?".

Personally, my goals are to set up a regular practice schedule, take on more students, and to gig as much as possible.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:27 PM
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  • To have a great gig tonight
  • Build a bigger fan base for my rock band
  • Shed like a madman and improve dramatically

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:40 PM
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Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that 2011 has already passed us by, but 2012 is about to be upon us and it's that time of year when we all decide that we're going to make resolutions to try and better ourselves. So my question to you is, "What resolutions do you have for drumming in the New Year?".

Personally, my goals are to set up a regular practice schedule, take on more students, and to gig as much as possible.
My goal is to #1 get a good job. ( I got hired on Oct. 11 and was let go on the 31st. ) Ha!
Need a job to afford drums.

Besides that, practice fundamentals more on a steady basis, experiment with a couple kit builds, get my vintage blues band going, get a steady gig somewhere and eventually buy a low-end pro level kit. That's all.

Break a leg, Zambizzi...
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:24 PM
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:41 PM
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Since I'm a self-taught {{{cough}}} drummer, I'm looking to get that single stroke roll up to 30 bpm. Burning for Resohead.

I'm going to hook up with some older guys and just make music. If we agree that we have something, then do gigs. Very casual.

Honestly, I'm grateful to be playing and enthusiastic about drumming at 58yo. The thrill of sitting down to a drum kit is the same as 40 years ago. I remember thinking, this is so cool.

So....my resolution is to just be grateful for what I have. I never thought I'd live this long. And I never thought there would be technology that allowed me access to drummers everywhere.

So, gratitude, for being a drummer. No matter what level, it's a privilege

Sorry, got carried away..
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:50 PM
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To gig a little more than I did last year.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:56 PM
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Happy new year DrummerFriends

Practice, practice, practice.... I'm currently without a band.

Also having plans for another country move in 2012, have to see how it goes... :-))
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:00 PM
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Yes Happy new year all.

My goal is to make my practise time more regimented; it's a bit too random at the moment even though I do practise specific things. I don't write down tempos that I got to for instance and usually forget..
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:03 PM
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  • Join a band (it's so hard to find a good band around here, playing funk, jazz, lighter rock stuff...)
  • Learn to tune my drums properly (now I tuned my Gretsch high, actually sounds awesome. Still need to find a good sweet spot for rock)
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:55 PM
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My goal is to #1 get a good job. ( I got hired on Oct. 11 and was let go on the 31st. ) Ha!
Need a job to afford drums.

Besides that, practice fundamentals more on a steady basis, experiment with a couple kit builds, get my vintage blues band going, get a steady gig somewhere and eventually buy a low-end pro level kit. That's all.

Break a leg, Zambizzi...
Thanks! Being New Years and playing in a "festive" local bar...I might break more than that. What kind of build are you planning? I should have put that on my list, too.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:19 PM
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  • To have a great gig tonight
  • Build a bigger fan base for my rock band
  • Shed like a madman and improve dramatically

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You forgot, learn how to tune. ;)
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:54 PM
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Thanks! Being New Years and playing in a "festive" local bar...I might break more than that. What kind of build are you planning? I should have put that on my list, too.
Sounds cool. I haven't played on New Years since 2007.

My current project, which is my first project, is some old Japanese Pearl drums. There was no name on it, but I brought them to a pro and he told me they are Reuthers or Reveille or something that existed before Pearl were sold as Pearls. Anyway, I picked up a 20" Bass Drum, 16" floor tom, 12" & 13" tom toms for $40. They gave me some crap hardware and a pair of uncracked B8 13" hi-hats too. That was cool because now I have a back-up set just in case. They are concert toms for now. It's really good wood though and they sound great. So I took off all the old wrap and lugs, etc. and I'm having the drum pro wrap them for me. He just happened to have an old Pearl 22" Bass Drum at his shop, so I bought that from him for $50 and he's going to re-wrap it along with the 13" tom and the 16" floor tom. I'm just going with the standard white wrap that you get from Precision Drums. He's going to add an after-market "vintage" single post to the bass drum to hold the tom. We're putting some better legs on the BD too. I'm upgrading both the 13" & 16" tom hoops to 2.3mm and putting on some Evans Power Center heads. The bass drum is going to get an EMAD probably. Later on I'll add the reso heads to them after I start to build the second set, but I'll need to have the bearing edges re-done on the resonant. I'm going to use all the original lugs on this kit. This will be my working kit for now. Total investment about $300 since I already have all the hardware and cymbals I need.

The next build will be with the 12" tom and the 20" bass drum. With this kit I am going to completely strip everything off of the shells and start from scratch. This kit will be completely customized. The plan is to get a 14" x 14" Keller shell for the floor tom. I'll use the lugs/rods off this kit for the other kits reso heads, then buy new die-cast hoops and hardware for this one. I'll use the same "vintage" style single post tom holder as the other kit and nice some folding legs on this bass drum. Wood hoops will be used on the BD too.
I'm going to wrap it with something really cool too. This project will take a lot more work and money, but I think it will be cool. It hasn't been totally thought out yet. Sorry for the lengthy post and explaination, but at this point in my life, drums are one of the few things that bring joy to my life.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:04 PM
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To stop buying crap and start actually using it.
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:45 AM
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To stop buying crap and start actually using it.
Yes - on that same thought.

As this year progressed, I thought I was almost becoming more of a collector, than performer.

Also: Put more time in the "Technique" section of this forum.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:12 AM
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The obvious is finish up some of the original tunes I've been writing (a huge fail from this years goals).

But I think a personal goal will be to re-learn all the rudiments. I used to know them all off the top of my head, but over the years of playing 2 and 4 in bands, some of them have gotten away from me.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:25 AM
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**** Finish building my new kit!
**** Practice and become a BETTER drummer!
**** Find good people to play with!
**** Stop watching awesome drummers on YouTube and feeling bad for myself!
**** HAVE FUN PLAYING!!!!!!!!

Happy New Years to my favorite new website/members!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:58 AM
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To quit entering in on "what kit, or cymbal, should I buy threads".

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:01 AM
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To get serious about my art in both practice and education.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:55 AM
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Here is some of my drumming resolutions...

* Learn how to tune by ear.
* Practice Practice Practice
* Master the Single Pedal
* Get rid of my crappy ZBTs
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:34 PM
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Keep learning how to play drums
Give a first lesson to a first student

Simple ones but I really want to accomplish them.
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:35 PM
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None.
2011 hasn't been too bad. Just keeping on what I've been doing so far.
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:45 PM
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I'm hoping to keep my drumming resolutions simple yet specific in order to accomplish them.

1. Learn and become comfortable with all 40 rudiments
2. Complete at least one instructional DVD - have just purchased Groove Essentials 2.0 so most likely this one.
3. Play a jazz gig.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:01 PM
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As last year, I'd like to keep getting more "well rounded". Playing styles and techniques that put me way out of my comfort zone. The stuff I'm bad at, as opposed to focusing more on what I'm good at.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:28 PM
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Ahhhh....it's the 1st day of 2012!

I've left the covers off my kit from practice last night so I could jump on the kit when my family wakes up! At midnight, we cranked the half-stacks and beat on every drum in the home studio.

Remember to take 1 step today towards your goal(s) - in drumming or in life...(both the same anyways!)
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:41 PM
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200bpm single strokes with hands and feet effortlessly for as long as I want. Won't take too long, with any luck!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:22 PM
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*** Learn 8 more rudiments for marching band
*** Make the drumline in marching band (Specifically bass 4)
*** Get a new pair of hats (14" or 15" Dream Bliss) and a Paiste Prototype Crash I found
*** Get better at tuning
*** Order a 14x14 which I have been procrastinating to do
*** Get some Optimounts for my 10x8 and 12x9
*** Get some gigs with my Allman Brothers Tribute Band. Most fun I've ever had! We're all under 21 so we call ourselves the Young Brothers lol

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Old 01-02-2012, 03:46 PM
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My new years drumming resolution is to stop with practice till I actually finish writing my thesis. After I finish my thesis I'll resume my old practice schedual (hoozah!).
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Land all the gigs Vinnie has been getting, become the number one on call drummer world wide.

Or just land a couple gigs a month in some local clubs, whichever comes first.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:03 PM
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My new years drumming resolution is to stop with practice till I actually finish writing my thesis. After I finish my thesis I'll resume my old practice schedual (hoozah!).
Do you need your feet to write your thesis? I have my double pedal right under my PC desk, thus I can practice double bass for hours while being at the PC. Just a suggestion...
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To quit entering in on "what kit, or cymbal, should I buy threads".
Ditto. And to just laugh at the "what is the best..." threads. Come on Man.
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My new years drumming resolution is to stop with practice till I actually finish writing my thesis. After I finish my thesis I'll resume my old practice schedual (hoozah!).
I just read that whilst writing up a case study report. I really need to get off Drummerworld.
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A couple of months ago I would of cheered this statement. Not anymore buddy! :)
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Ditto. And to just laugh at the "what is the best..." threads. Come on Man.
That is kind of why I haven't put mine up yet. I see how theirs affect me, so I don't want to cause pain to anybody else. :)
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That is kind of why I haven't put mine up yet. I see how theirs affect me, so I don't want to cause pain to anybody else. :)
You don't need to. I'm already convinced that Saturns are the best. :)
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This is such great read that I formulated my 1st resolution on the spot:

First of all, to go to Larryace's thread about the year coming to an end-progress report-(i'm usually a little tardy on the conversations---emphasis on tard).

Once I read all the new ones there, I'll post a link to the "your playing" section, where I will have entered my first ever video of my playing. That way everytime I b.s. on DW, you guys will know that I am one of you. I never stop bs-ing, but putting up some playing is like doing a recital- it's where everything stops and you're held accountable- that's something we all need to do, especially myself, no matter if it's not what I would like it to be. It's like you can't go to the next step until you actually document what you have.

This is said so I will do it. Let me put a time frame-10 days or less. Just doin that so I'm accountable-otherwise I'll think about it for another year. Thanks everybody for DW-the yuks and the learning and all else. Happy and Prosperous New Year.
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You don't need to. I'm already convinced that Saturns are the best. :)
Yay! It worked. Like when you go to bed and play a tape under your pillow to memorize for a test. I am that annoying tape. :) If there are any other brands you need help with, just let me know. :)
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Well l have been pushing that new Black Beauty I got. That thing ROCKS!!!!!

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Do you need your feet to write your thesis? I have my double pedal right under my PC desk, thus I can practice double bass for hours while being at the PC. Just a suggestion...
Though I don't need my feet I do need my brain to write my thesis. So nope, no pedal practice for me either.
Smart Idea though!
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:19 AM
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To stop believing I can play, & actually put some work in for a change.

To work through all the challenges, & get the new Guru Drumworks kit into production.
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