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Old 11-25-2011, 08:38 PM
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Hey Gavin! I'm a huge fan of your playing with Porcupine Tree as well as your soloing. I watched the Letterman drum solo week and thought your snare sounded exceptional. I was wondering if that was your signature modal snare or not because it looked a little bigger than 12". I was also wondering what your crashes were. Those crashes together had a beautiful sound palette and would really like something similar. Thanks in advance! Mitch.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:57 PM
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Hey Gavin! I'm a huge fan of your playing with Porcupine Tree as well as your soloing. I watched the Letterman drum solo week and thought your snare sounded exceptional. I was wondering if that was your signature modal snare or not because it looked a little bigger than 12". I was also wondering what your crashes were. Those crashes together had a beautiful sound palette and would really like something similar. Thanks in advance! Mitch.
Seems like the crashes were 18" K-Custom Dark Crash, 15" (or 16") A-Custom Crash and 17" K-Custom Crash. Just suggesting =)
And the snare is a 12x5 Snare fitting to the Sq2
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:38 PM
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12x5 Snare fitting to the Golden Madrone Sq2 (vintage shell <check the Sonor website for details>, with re-rings) A few days (weeks?) ago I asked the (almost) same question, so that's accurate. :)

BTW!

Hi Gavin!
Why did you choose a 5" deep snare (12"x5")? In this size, I would have thought a deeper shell (6" or 7" maybe) would give you "more tone", "more character". Also a deeper shell would give you a slightly deeper fundamental tone.
A deeper one would not give you a focused enough sound? I ask, because I'm planning to buy a 12" side snare, but with a 6" depth. So I'm curious about the possible differences.

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Old 11-26-2011, 01:07 PM
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Hi ProgJazzy(QC)

My band just released his first full length album. For the promotional show of the release, i used plexiglass sheets in front of my drums. It was a great way to reduce the sound volume on the stage. Have you ever used any of these? Any good tips about close miking the drums in this environment? The drums sounded great except maybe for my bass drum.


I've played behind plexiglass screens quite a few times and never really enjoyed it. Mainly in TV show situations. I always felt a bit cut off from the others. The drums were mic'd as they always were but I could always hear too many harsh reflections of the cymbals coming from the plexiglass.

Hi darkglow

I'm making an infographic on Fear of a Blank Planet, and I wanted to depict the timeline of the album with the tempo of each song.
I was wondering if it's possible for you to tell me the minimum and maximum tempo you used for each of the songs.


What's an 'infographic' ?
The exact tempo for each song:
FOABP 162
My Ashes 58
Anesthetize 110
Sentimental 87
Way Out Of Here 112
Sleep Together 72

Hi LucFougere

i own a Sonor drum kit, and i was looking at the Pearl drum rack as well (for affordability purposes). Im wondering, do you mount your rack toms and cymbals with Sonor stands and mounts going through Pearl clamps? Or is everything you use Pearl?


I use the Sonor hardware on the Pearl Rack with the Pearl clamps.

Hi Kalma

I'm about to buy overheads for recording drums.
I'm going to have my set fully mic'ed and I wanna chose between those two overheads:
- akg c214
- akg c451


I have used c451s and c414s many times (and I understand that the c214 is very similar to the c414). So I would be inclined to go for the c214.

Hi Mitchthedrummer

I watched the Letterman drum solo week and thought your snare sounded exceptional. I was wondering if that was your signature modal snare or not because it looked a little bigger than 12". I was also wondering what your crashes were. Those crashes together had a beautiful sound palette and would really like something similar.

Glad you liked it. First off I haven't designed a signature snare drum. The one you're referring to is a "Special Edition Reissue" - which just so happens to have my name on it. It was an old Designer drum from the 90's that I have played a lot. You can probably find videos of me playing that (white 12x5) snare drum on Drummerworld or YouTube. The snare drum on that Letterman performance was just a 12x5 SQ2 maple vintage shell that matches the rest of that kit.

The crashes were (from my left)
19" K Custom Dark Crash
15" K Custom Crash
18" K Custom Dark Crash

Hi szokematyi

Why did you choose a 5" deep snare (12"x5")? In this size, I would have thought a deeper shell (6" or 7" maybe) would give you "more tone", "more character". Also a deeper shell would give you a slightly deeper fundamental tone.
A deeper one would not give you a focused enough sound? I ask, because I'm planning to buy a 12" side snare, but with a 6" depth. So I'm curious about the possible differences.


I've always liked the response of a 5" depth. It gives me nice articulation from the snares. I have got deeper drums but not a 12x6.

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:54 PM
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Hi Gavin,

off base question; how are your kit logistics managed? Do you have kits that are bespoke to you placed in specialist provider/drum tech facilities in various locations, or is the whole thing steered by Sonor & dealt with through dealers/country distributors?

Thanks, Andy.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:57 PM
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Thanks for your fast reply!!! :)

Yeah i've read through some tests and a few people made a compare-record where they recorded the c214 and c414 in the same position and settings.
They said they would sound pretty much the same. Only disadvantage: the c214 does not have any switches built in..

Anyway: whats your opinion with the c451? Are there situations where you would prefer them?

Thanks for your help!!
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:22 PM
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(...) Only disadvantage: the c214 does not have any switches built in..
Or the opposite: If you're using decent preamps you simply have no use for those switches on the microphones and this will make the signal path of mics without 'on-board' switches only cleaner. Stuff like roll-off (cutting the low freqs) is better done afterwards/when mixing as you have way more control then and also better gear at your disposal - think of a dedicated eq instead of the fixed roll-off slope of the mic.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:37 PM
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Or the opposite: If you're using decent preamps you simply have no use for those switches on the microphones and this will make the signal path of mics without 'on-board' switches only cleaner. Stuff like roll-off (cutting the low freqs) is better done afterwards/when mixing as you have way more control then and also better gear at your disposal - think of a dedicated eq instead of the fixed roll-off slope of the mic.
True! Never thought that way.
But my preamps are not decent.. Pretty bad - I have an Alesis Firewire Mixer.. Works fine, but in a few years I might get a new one :)
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:37 PM
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Hi Gavin, I've got kind of a technical question :

I saw a video of a clinic where you explained fills in group of 3, 5 and 7 using bass drum substitution for the accents, it looked like :

K = kick and h = hand

Khh
KhKhh
KhKhKhh

I tried this but i'm having difficulties to count it in 4/4 time have you got any advice ?

Thanks, and sorry for my bad english ...
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:22 AM
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Thank you so much! An infographic is a visual representation of data. Putting together stats and facts in a graphical manner, which is easier for people to read than just plain text. It's part of my assignment in college! Thanx again! :)
PS. Lots of love from India! I hope you guys play here again. :)
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:28 PM
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Hey gavin !!

i have looked everywhere for an drum backingtrack to shallow, but i cant find it. do you know where i can get "shallow drum backingtrack"? or just any porcupine tree backing track's?

Sorry, i know bad english :)
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:28 PM
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Hi keep it simple

off base question; how are your kit logistics managed? Do you have kits that are bespoke to you placed in specialist provider/drum tech facilities in various locations, or is the whole thing steered by Sonor & dealt with through dealers/country distributors?

It depends on the occasion. If it's a Porcupine Tree tour that starts somewhere in Europe then I'll use one of my kits from the UK. I have another kit stored in the USA so I don't have to ship anything from the UK. Shipping = LOTS of money.

If it's a drum clinic then Sonor usually arrange a kit through their distributors (to match my specification) to be supplied to the venue or store. Then I just need a couple of hours to tune it and set it up.

Hi Kalma

Yeah i've read through some tests and a few people made a compare-record where they recorded the c214 and c414 in the same position and settings.
They said they would sound pretty much the same. Only disadvantage: the c214 does not have any switches built in..


the switches on the C414 include Pads and Pattern changes as well as low frequency eq roll off.

Anyway: whats your opinion with the c451? Are there situations where you would prefer them?

The c451 might be sturdier in a live situation where the mics might get kicked around by stage crew. The c214 will be a little more delicate and require more careful handling.

Hi egbt4

I saw a video of a clinic where you explained fills in group of 3, 5 and 7 using bass drum substitution for the accents, it looked like :

K = kick and h = hand

Khh
KhKhh
KhKhKhh


If it 's the PASIC 2008 video you're referring to - you have the patterns round the wrong way. It should be like this

Hkk
HkHkk
HkHkHkk

I tried this but i'm having difficulties to count it in 4/4 time have you got any advice ?

Yes - to start with just tap your foot in 4/4 and play these patterns between your hands so that you can understand how they relate to 4/4. Then - when you feel comfortable with them - try playing them between your hand and foot but continue counting in 4/4.

Hi Erling

i have looked everywhere for an drum backingtrack to shallow, but i cant find it. do you know where i can get "shallow drum backingtrack"? or just any porcupine tree backing track's?

I have no idea.

cheers
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:46 PM
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Just listening to "Half-Light". So beautiful, such tasteful drumming!
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:38 PM
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Hi

I just have another question :

I heard in an interview that you and PT are touring when you've finished writing a new album .
So ... when is the next album coming because me and a friend really want to see you live .

( We live in france )

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Old 12-02-2011, 12:40 AM
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Hi Gavin,

I'm currently a bit lost as far as my practise routine goes, because I simply don't know what to practise. Since I want to become a professional drummer practise is kind of necessary (haha) but I've been playing for a little bit over 13 years now and I think it's time for a new practise schedule.
So I was just wondering if there's anything you currently practise or something you practise if you don't know what to practise (haha :=) ).

thanks,
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:03 PM
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Hi, Gavin!
You always say that you don't think of yourself as a double bass player, but your double bass playing is really great! And i would like to ask you some advices about double bass techique development?
- how did you get started with double bass?
- what exercises you use?
- how you work on control and accuracy?
- what's the best position of your feet on both footboards for better control.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:49 PM
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Hi Gavin,
Do you remember your first session in studio? How old were you back then and how did it go?
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:29 AM
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Hey Gavin!

Congrats on your Signature Sticks!!! They look awesome and that tip looks exotic to say the least :)

I know you've been working on some type of cymbal washers and I saw some blue washers in the promo video from Vic Firth of your sticks, so, are they finished? or my eyes deceived me one more time?

Also, any advices on practicing or playing along with a metronome? I've been playing for years now with no metronome and it sucks when you HAVE to do it but I feel very unconfortable with it....

Cheers!
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:55 AM
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Here is the signature sticks video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eye7g9aOfLs

They look awesome, Gavin! Can't wait for them to be shipped down here for me to give them a whirl! Congrats!

Also +1 to the blue cymbal holder question. They were on the letterman video too.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:02 PM
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Hi egbt4

I heard in an interview that you and PT are touring when you've finished writing a new album .So ... when is the next album coming because me and a friend really want to see you live .

Some time next year. I don't know when - nothing has been written yet.

Hi smurd

I'm currently a bit lost as far as my practise routine goes, because I simply don't know what to practise. Since I want to become a professional drummer practise is kind of necessary (haha) but I've been playing for a little bit over 13 years now and I think it's time for a new practise schedule.
So I was just wondering if there's anything you currently practise or something you practise if you don't know what to practise (haha :=) ).


Sounds like you need to find a good teacher who can guide you. If you want to be a professional drummer - practise timing - timing - timing. It's the thing that will help you the most.

Hi Dustondrums

You always say that you don't think of yourself as a double bass player, but your double bass playing is really great! And i would like to ask you some advices about double bass techique development?
- how did you get started with double bass?


I started trying to play double bass drums around 1982 - because I liked the way drummer's like Simon Phillips used them in fills and grooves. But I wasn't drawn to the continuous 16ths bugga bugga bugga pattern.

- what exercises you use?

generally I just try to play them as accurate as I can (and I'm still working on that). Most of the time I just play groups of 2,3,4,5. I always play singles - and always start with the right foot.

- how you work on control and accuracy?

the simple answer is to "listen". You can hear when they are out of time. Practise slow.

- what's the best position of your feet on both footboards for better control.

Depends how loud you want to play. Probably the most control you can have is playing flat foot heel down - but you can't play really loud like that. I play with the heels up and about half way down the boards. It works for me - but there are guys out there who have amazing pedal control - go and ask Derek Roddy. He's a great guy and he's on this forum too.

Hi Scorn

Do you remember your first session in studio? How old were you back then and how did it go?

Yes I remember it very well - and I have a really good recording of it too. It was at the BBC when I was 15 years old playing with my father's quartet. I listened to it recently as I was loading it into my computer. If I could go back in time and talk to a 15 year old me - I would say "practise timing, timing, timing. Don't worry about chops - just focus on better control and articulation".

Hi gabdrums

I know you've been working on some type of cymbal washers and I saw some blue washers in the promo video from Vic Firth of your sticks, so, are they finished? or my eyes deceived me one more time?

Still trying to get them to market.

Also, any advices on practicing or playing along with a metronome? I've been playing for years now with no metronome and it sucks when you HAVE to do it but I feel very unconfortable with it....

the simple answer is to "listen". If you can hear when you're going out of time (and starting to fight against the click) - you will be able to do something about it. It's not an easy thing and you need to take a lot of time to develop that particular skill.

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:53 PM
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Practising timing means just practicing with a metronome or includes other exercises?
How did you manage to elaborate your laid-back feel? Those things (timing & feeling) come naturally within playing or you need to do exercises particularly to gain it?

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:54 PM
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Hi Scorn

Practising timing means just practicing with a metronome or includes other exercises?
How did you manage to elaborate your laid-back feel? Those things (timing & feeling) come naturally within playing or you need to do exercises particularly to gain it?


Practise with and without a metronome and record yourself. Listen to it carefully and decide if you think it could feel better - or if it sped up or slowed down at any point. Same thing with developing a 'laid back' feel. Listen to Jeff Porcaro and Steve Gadd - and then listen to recordings of yourself. Hopefully you'll start to hear the subtleties in difference. It's only when you can hear them that you can start to adjust your playing to make it sound that way.

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:57 PM
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Here's some info about my new record with 05Ric.

you can hear a sampler of the some of the songs - plus a free download of one complete song. http://www.kscopemusic.com/gavinharr...hosoldhimself/

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:59 PM
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Oh wow, I just listened to the edit on http://www.kscopemusic.com/gavinharr...hosoldhimself/ , after a few seconds im finding myself completely lost in the rythm, with a big smile on my face! Gavin, it sounds like really challenging listen, I can't wait!

Edit: Oh, Gavin was faster.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:40 AM
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Hi Gavin

Apologies in advance for length - future posts will be short!

I have a question about toms and harmonics. Through the years I've been through phases of liking my toms almost detuned to the point of non-responsiveness to highly resonant, but no matter how well I tune them, I am always left with at least some (undesirable) harmonics.

When I first started, I had cheaper kits and you will always get some character coming out of inferior shells, but nowadays I have decent gear. My current main kit is a Pearl Masterworks - toms from 8, 10, 12, 14 and 18 (yes, I know, but I like the step down and attitude the 18 gives me) - the maple shells are clear as a bell and the rims are true. I generally use Coated Vintage Emperors on the batters and Clear Ambassadors for the resonant.

I don't have any issues bedding my skins in or getting them in to the 'zone' of each of the toms, I'm generally happy I get even tonal quality between top and bottom heads, and an even tune on each skin (although sometimes I get frustrated with the bottom heads - how often do you tune yours compared with the batter?) - and when I apply medium to strong stick to them, including rim play, they sound perfect if sometimes just a touch dull (rather than bright). However, when I play light runs or gentle off cuts on them, I can hear harmonics. The harmonics are not horrible (like you get if the skin is bad or seated incorrectly), but its always there, on all toms. Its most apparent (as you'd expect) on the 8, 10, 12s.

Over the years I've written this off as me just being overly anal, because no-one else can really hear it - or at least thinks its an issue. But every now and then I hear or see something that makes me wonder if I'm just missing something. I saw you're youtube vid on your upcoming new sticks (fantastic by the way - I use the standard Vic grips at the moment, but can't wait until your sticks come into the Australian market) and watching you play around the kit, it struck me how resonant and pure all of your toms were, right down to your 15 and 16. I watch whatever I can get of your playing, but it was really prominent in this vid.

I'm just wondering how your toms sound to you when you're sitting in your studio at home, and say play them unmiked (or with the mikes off anyway). I know the mikes are for the most part just amplifying your sound - and lets forget mixing down for gigs or recording, but just say your drums are naked - when you tune, are you left with any kind of residual harmonic at all (no matter how small), or do you get a pure, true sound?

I guess I'm trying to figure out if I'm just to attuned to my kit and picking up things other people don't hear, or if its something I need to try and hunt down. You're probably going to ask what they sound like recorded - and the answer is fine - but I'm just coming up to a few tracks where I'm going to be playing a lot for light resonance where I'll want to catch the pure top note of the toms, not the full voice - and am worried.

Anyway, I know this is a little vague, but would appreciate any thoughts you have.

On a separate note, just wanted to say thanks for being an inspirational drummer. I've always liked a range of drummers and styles - from Moon to Bruford, but your style cuts across everything I've heard before - and then some more. I want to thank you mostly because listening to you (and after reading through/watching your books/DVDs) my playing has manifestly improved. I am naturally left handed, however I was involved in a helicopter crash ~20 years ago which left my left-hand side damaged and weakened for quite a while. I'm perfectly fine now, but after a few years of favouring my left hand side, my right became dominant and it really put an autonomic block in my ability to go beyond a certain point with my drumming - prior to that I was reasonably ambi-dextrous although stronger with the left, and I guess it just crossed some wires.

However, after listening to you play, and particularly taking in your philosophy on playing, and putting those lessons into effect, out of the blue about six months ago I found I'd unlocked my left hand side. It's almost uncanny, not only has my playing improved in quality and breadth, but even the muscles in my let arm and leg have grown! That was pretty weird because I've always exercised regularly and its not like I was lop-sided, but there's been noticeable development. So anyway, a big thanks - it shows what you can do when you start thinking differently.

Saw you with PT in Melbourne during your last tour - awesome. Hope to catch you at a gig or workshop in 2012 - although I guess I'll have to head to Europe or US for that!

Cheers

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Old 12-10-2011, 09:14 AM
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Here's some info about my new record with 05Ric.

you can hear a sampler of the some of the songs - plus a free download of one complete song. http://www.kscopemusic.com/gavinharr...hosoldhimself/

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Old 12-10-2011, 01:52 PM
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Hi Mike_J

I have a question about toms and harmonics.
I'm just wondering how your toms sound to you when you're sitting in your studio at home, and say play them unmiked (or with the mikes off anyway).When you tune, are you left with any kind of residual harmonic at all (no matter how small), or do you get a pure, true sound?


Yes I can hear harmonics on my toms - and like you I'm using one of the thickest top heads available Remo Vintage Emperor. Quite often it depends how (and where) I hit the drum. As you know if you hit it dead centre - you get a lot less harmonic ring than if you hit near the edge. When I take the top head off to change it - that's when I turn the drum over and just fine tune the bottom head. It's much easier when it's on it's own. Once I've seated and approximately tuned the top head - I put my headphones on and tune the drum listening through the mic - because I know that's how folks are going to hear it. Plus 99% of time I play and practise with headphones on listening through the mics. Maybe over the years I've adjusted the way I play so that it sounds better playing through the sound of the mics. Playing with reverb really helps too.

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Gavin, just listened to your "man who sold himself" trailer. A completely pointless exercise in noises you can't dance to, that's if you're a 12 year old Lady Gaga fan ;-) For everyone else, like progressive stuff or not, it's a work of pure collaborative genius. Stunning bass & vocals, blue sky concepts, & bewildering drumming.

You're in real danger of becoming too exciting for your own good :}
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Hi Gavin,

I have a seasonal question for you! Have you ever played Christmas carols for a gig? How did/would you approach it?

Personally I always try to focus on the timekeeping, groove and playing for the song of course but playing them for the 5000th time can be a bit dull if they're bland arrangements. I'd appreciate any input you might have to make things a bit more interesting for both myself and the audience :)

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Thanks Gavin, I think I'll record myself to listen when I'm getting lost on the metronome and try to play natural with it...thanks for the advice...

I was amazed with the clip of your collaboration with 05Ric and I was wondering, how do you work in other projects aside from PT? With OSI, King Crimson and 05Ric you meet with the other musicians or use the internet more?

And about the washers...maybe Vic Firth has the answer to put them into market... just saying.. :)
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Hey Gavin,

great new stuff with 05Ric! I'm excited to hear it!!!

I've got a question about your rimclicks..
In the song circles I really love your rimclicks but I really have a problem getting the rimsound that loud.
Do you EQ the frequence of the rim to get it louder?
Please tell me if there's a little trick =)

And when we're already talking about EQ'ing: Your Ridecymbal - do you use any EQ or other Effects on it?
My RideCymbals always seem to have a pretty bright bell, sounding like somebody would hammer on a metal rail :)

Oh and I've already asked myself: Did you record your DVD's on your own? Or did you have professional help setting
the cameras and lightening up, and cutting the videos?

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Hey Gavin,

I have a question about your recording techniques. I know you record most of your stuff out of your home studio. How much of your work with sound engineering involves the technical side of things like math and physics?
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Hi Simo

I have a seasonal question for you! Have you ever played Christmas carols for a gig? How did/would you approach it?


I've never played a Christmas Carols gig so I wouldn't know what to do.

Hi gabdrums

I was amazed with the clip of your collaboration with 05Ric and I was wondering, how do you work in other projects aside from PT? With OSI, King Crimson and 05Ric you meet with the other musicians or use the internet more?

It depends. All the stuff I did with OSI and 05Ric we used the internet. King Crimson was a live project so we all needed to be together to rehearse. I first spent a day with Robert Fripp discussing which songs we'd play and how to play them regarding two drummers.

Hi Kalma

I've got a question about your rimclicks..
In the song circles I really love your rimclicks but I really have a problem getting the rimsound that loud. Do you EQ the frequence of the rim to get it louder?
Please tell me if there's a little trick =)


There's no trick - you can see how I'm playing it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL152cW-01k

And when we're already talking about EQ'ing: Your Ridecymbal - do you use any EQ or other Effects on it? My RideCymbals always seem to have a pretty bright bell, sounding like somebody would hammer on a metal rail :)

I try to choose ride cymbals that have the right 'volume' for the song. I know some cymbals have very loud bells - which in a recording situation can be over bearing. It's one of those sounds (like the hi hat) that can end up all over your tracks and you can't seem to turn it down.

Oh and I've already asked myself: Did you record your DVD's on your own? Or did you have professional help setting: the cameras and lightening up, and cutting the videos?

I did the whole thing myself.

Hi Branndon Center

I have a question about your recording techniques. I know you record most of your stuff out of your home studio. How much of your work with sound engineering involves the technical side of things like math and physics?

zero. I just my ears to make sure it sounds the way i want it to.

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Old 12-21-2011, 01:03 PM
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Hello Mr Harrison !

Yesterday, I've listened to your beautiful piece " 19 Days " .
And then, for absolutely no reasons , I started listening to the Star Wars Cantina Theme...

And I found that the part at 2:46 on " 19 Days " ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWTT...eature=related ) really sound like the part at 0:32 of The Cantina Theme :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCGPt3XFxJk

Here's my conclusion :

You, Sir, are a jedi .
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Merry Christmas Gavin ;)
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:38 PM
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Dear Gavin,

How are you? I hope you are fine and everything is ok with you.

I know you are very busy but would you please check out my last new video with my last recording sound and tell me your opinion regarding the sound, tuning drums and mix.
Unfortunately, I do not have any references here that I can comparison with that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzPbegRJQQ4

I use only the maximum +/-3db EQ on drums. The cymbals' sounds are raw and use Reverb on all drum kit.

Thank you in advance,

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I know you are very busy but would you please check out my last new video with my last recording sound and tell me your opinion regarding the sound, tuning drums and mix.
Unfortunately, I do not have any references here that I can comparison with that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzPbegRJQQ4
He won't comment on your recordings..
He did a few times some years ago but he stopped..

Post your track in the "your playing" section and ask for advice :)
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Hey Gavin,

I just happened upon a discussion on Mike Portnoy's page about who is the BEST drummer, Neil Peart or yourself and I have to say, the only problem I have with this question is the fact that it was asked. I understand having a favorite style or approach but to ask which is BEST is bordering on insulting! When I think of giants like Skip Hadden, Billy Cobham, Lenny White or Steve Smith, I don't ask which of them is BETTER than the other! All these as well as Neal and you all share one equal ingredient, To strive for a mastering of drums and percussion and always reaching for that goal. I don't believe any one of these men believes he has mastered their instrument but that they are always reaching out to new and different ways to approach it.
I believe you are just as great a drummer as Neil or any of the other strivers in the music business. All the afore mentioned are in my hall of fame and will never be replaced by others, only added to.
Love your work with PT. KEEP STRIVING!

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Hey Gavin,

I asked you about some mixingstuff last time.

I wanted to know if you would share with us, what "plugins" you use for mixing your kit, so..
eq, compressor, reverb etc..

And especially what else do you with overheads then low-cut?


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