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Old 02-14-2011, 07:01 PM
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Hi Fox622003

do you know why they haven't released any footage of your duet with Simon?
I've seen a lot of footage from the 2010 Drum Off on the official Guitar Center Channel (Steve Smith, JoJo Mayer, the finalist, Lombardo). Perhaps they're still working on it?


Yes they did film it - and I don't know if and when they might release it. We did have a proper film crew come over to Simon's studio and film us rehearsing it - and I know that will be released soon. I'll put a link on here when the time comes.

Hi Dont Taze Me Bro

Are a lot of the clinics going to be in the Western U.S.? Thats the only way I would get to see one.

There's a possibility of some US clinics - but it's too early to say for sure.

Hi Ytsephill

Curious to know what ride did you use in "Time Flies"?


It was my 1940's Avedis Zildjian 20" ride - and I broke it recording that song...arrgh!!! It's the same cymbal I used a lot on Deadwing/FOABP and the OSI record.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:26 PM
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Hi Gavin,

you've mentioned a few posts ago that you've planed some clinics this year... I was wondering if there will also be some in Germany? Will you maybe attend at the Frankfurter Musikmesse (Musik trade fair)?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:56 PM
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Hi Ytsephill

It was my 1940's Avedis Zildjian 20" ride - and I broke it recording that song...arrgh!!! It's the same cymbal I used a lot on Deadwing/FOABP and the OSI record.

cheers
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RIP haha..

Anyways, damn! I was hoping it would be a ride that I could actually buy.
Didn't know you used it in those albums aswell, somehow it popped out to me much more when you come in the guitar solo of 'Time flies'.. just has this dark tone that's really beautiful to my ears.

Thanks for the answer
Greetings from Portugal
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:44 AM
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hey gavin,

i just started working with rhythmic illusions, and im having a bit of a problem with the very first displacement exercises.
the thing is, i can get it right when im playing it, successfully displacing 1 8th/16th backwards or forwards and still keeping the 'one' in my head (or at least could the first times i played it), but when im listening to your examples of these exercises, im always getting into the B status - hearing them all wrong.
now after i'm getting THESE wrong and i play them myself i still get into the B status sometimes, something that wasn't happening at the beginning.
so im trying to count out loud, tap my foot, play it slow and all kinds of tricks but it doesnt really help.

would you agree that generally hearing illusions right is much harder than playing them? thats pretty much what i think.

i suppose when you're playing these things you're able to switch from status A to B in your head at any moment. any tricks to practice being able to control this? and tips in general about avoiding going into B?

its really discouraging, and almost feels like some kind of a psychological thing, like once you hear it wrong youre telling yourself you CANT hear it right anymore or something...

however i do think its an amazing book, even though it leads to me to almost throwing chairs and stuff around the house... just on the first exercise.

thanks!

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:04 AM
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Dear Gavin,

In drummer connection video about your drum kit, you used overheads with 90 degree toward the kit and very close.

Would you please describe the sound of that microphones with that position?
Which pattern did you use on that position? Figure of Eight or Omni Directional?
Do you use this technique in your home studio?

I have read about your recording technique in Wikipedia. You have used one or two pair microphones for close ambiance and one pair for room sound.

Would you please tell me about the position of them around the kit, angles of them? Which pattern do you use for them?

(I do not find any answer about my questions)
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:13 AM
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I have a load of drum clinics planned this spring and summer. When I have confirmation of the dates I'll post them on this thread.
Sounds like things are in the planning stage. I hope you make room for some Canadian dates. Winnipeg should be warm in the summer ;). But, I'm sure you have something in mind.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:37 PM
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Hi mpdrums

you've mentioned a few posts ago that you've planed some clinics this year... I was wondering if there will also be some in Germany? Will you maybe attend at the Frankfurter Musikmesse (Musik trade fair)?

At the moment there's no plans to come to Germany or the Frankfurt show.

Hi Hedon

i just started working with rhythmic illusions, and im having a bit of a problem with the very first displacement exercises.
the thing is, i can get it right when im playing it, successfully displacing 1 8th/16th backwards or forwards and still keeping the 'one' in my head (or at least could the first times i played it), but when im listening to your examples of these exercises, im always getting into the B status - hearing them all wrong.
now after i'm getting THESE wrong and i play them myself i still get into the B status sometimes, something that wasn't happening at the beginning.
so im trying to count out loud, tap my foot, play it slow and all kinds of tricks but it doesnt really help. would you agree that generally hearing illusions right is much harder than playing them? thats pretty much what i think.


It's all part of the learning process. To be able to hear an A Status rhythm as a new rhythm - and tell yourself NOT to start hearing it any other way is important. Of course 1/8 and 1/4 displacements are easier than 16th note displacements.

Maybe try this - keep the bass drum on 1 & 3 and the snare drum on 2 & 4 and just play all the 'off' 16ths on the hi hat. Then try the same again but just move the snare drum to 2e and 4e - but keeping the bass drum on 1 & 3. Then put the snare back on 2 & 4 and move the bass drum to 1e and 3e and gradually get used to what it sounds like. Then when you displacement a simple rhythm 16th forward you should know what it sounds and feels like. The whole purpose of the book is that it's meant to be a work out for the mind.

i suppose when you're playing these things you're able to switch from status A to B in your head at any moment. any tricks to practice being able to control this? and tips in general about avoiding going into B?

No I never switch to the B Status in my mind. I always hear the rhythm from the A status.

Hi Ramtin HajatDoust

In drummer connection video about your drum kit, you used overheads with 90 degree toward the kit and very close.Would you please describe the sound of that microphones with that position?Which pattern did you use on that position? Figure of Eight or Omni Directional?Do you use this technique in your home studio?

They are in figure of 8 pattern - and it's something that Porcupine Tree's sound engineer likes to do. I think he gets more of just a cymbal sound than a full drum kit sound. I don't use that kind of setup in my home studio. I have a pair of Neumann 103's behind me just above my head. They are like an extension of my ears if you know what I mean and they are angled like a big pair of ears. It gives me more of the sound that I actually hear sitting at the drums.

Hi Drummin_Dan

Sounds like things are in the planning stage. I hope you make room for some Canadian dates. Winnipeg should be warm in the summer.

I'd love to come to Winnipeg - I've never been there.

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:29 AM
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Hey Gavin,

As of now, my favorite Porcupine Tree recording is the live version of Hatesong from the Futile EP. I'm almost positive that it's you playing, but I've done some research and I found out that it was recorded in July of 2002, before In Absentia was released. Did you tour with PT at all before then? Is it you playing?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:48 AM
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Hi pixelbreaker,

yes I'm on that recording. It was from a show in Philadelphia on a short tour before the album was released.

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:25 PM
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Hello Gavin,

what amplifier do u use with your Yamaha NS10's? What else do u see they use in studios for these monitors?

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Old 02-24-2011, 10:07 PM
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Gavin,

I have 2 questions:

1. Which had the greatest impact on your musical development & why?

- A Teacher
- Playing in Bands
- Practicing
- An experience (Musical or Non-Musical)
- Other

2. If you could go back in time and start your musical career all over again what changes would you make knowing what you know now?


Thanks for your participation on this forum!
And many regards for your drumming!!
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:11 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I'm helping out a friend with recording his SQ2 setup (same layout to yours) and I was wondering how you place your overheads in the studio?

Also, I noticed that the snare gives a little bit of resonance in some of the toms, mostly the 8" tom. Its not annoying or anything but I think I can hear it in your snare sound too on your latest dvd. Does your mic pick up that resonance and do you leave it in the drummix?

And thanks again for the large wood room reverb setting! It sounds awesome on his SQ2!

Cheers
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p.s.: Guitarcenter posted some of the session you did at youtube. Appearantly WMG already blocked it because of copyright violations?

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:07 PM
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Hey Gavin,

first of all i gotta say:
Great great video from guitarcenter sessions. Again there is much to learn from you!

I like to say that i'd love to hear you on other music like funk and stuff.
When you play e.g. "Quite firm" i can really feel your groove and thats what i like the most
when i'm listening to drummers.
Is there any kind of project coming up where you play this kind of music?
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:05 PM
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hi Gavin,

I'm hoping you can help me out with my tuning. I was watching the Guitar Centre session you did on Youtube. Your kit sounds exactly how I'd like mine to sound.

I use the same heads you do on a Sonor S Classix. The sizes are 10, 12, 14, 16, with 14x5 snare and 13x5 snare. Both have Remo CS on them.

I know you're not a fan of drum dials. But just as a point of reference for me can you give me a rough idea of where each of your toms and snares are tuned to? For example, would your main snare be tuned really high to 90, or low at around 80? And how high is the reso in relation to the batter side?

I'd be greatful if you could give me even ball park figures to help me get started.

Also, i'm getting a lot of snare buzz when I hit my 10 tom tom. I'm thinking of getting the PureSound Custom Pro 20 strand for both snares because I've heard you get less buzz from it. Have you tried it out? Any thoughts?

If you remember, a while back I was asking you about Giant Step pedals. I ended up buying a single pedal. I like the pedal but I kinda like the feel of the direct drive pedals a bit more. I can get the Axis A21 cheaper than a Giant Step double. I was wondering if you're now using the A21 and what your thoughts on it are?

I'm asking a lot here, sorry. Thanks for your time.

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:28 PM
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hi Gavin,
I'm hoping you can help me out with my tuning. I was watching the Guitar Centre session you did on Youtube. Your kit sounds exactly how I'd like mine to sound.
I use the same heads you do on a Sonor S Classix. The sizes are 10, 12, 14, 16, with 14x5 snare and 13x5 snare. Both have Remo CS on them.
I know you're not a fan of drum dials. But just as a point of reference for me can you give me a rough idea of where each of your toms and snares are tuned to? For example, would your main snare be tuned really high to 90, or low at around 80? And how high is the reso in relation to the batter side?
Gavin already answered this question a few times..
Some reasons it won't be possible to get a sound like him would be:
- his set is miced, so there are a lot of EQ and filters/effects on the record.
- your s-classix has a different shell-construction than gavin's set

but well: here gavin sais which pitches he follows:
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I usually just follow my ears - but somehow I nearly always end up with these intervals:
tom 5 lowest tom 4 augmented 5th above tom 5 tom 3 augmented 4th above tom 4 tom 2 perfect 4th above tom 3 tom 1 perfect 5th above tom 2
So tom 5 seems to be G tom 4 Eb tom 3 A tom 2 D tom 1 A

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This is why I started cutting down snare wires in the first place - it seemed that the outside ones were a bit looser and were buzzing the most.
When I started using Puresound snares wires everything got easier because they are very well made and tensioned in the manufacturing process. Other than that - the most obvious thing is the pitch of the snare against the toms. I turn off my snares and compare the pitch of the snare drum to the toms that are buzzing.
If the pitch is close then I know there's going to be some buzzing problems. You never really get rid of all of it - but careful tuning and really good snare wires help.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:56 PM
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Hi steste50

what amplifier do u use with your Yamaha NS10's? What else do u see they use in studios for these monitors?


I use a Yamaha AX-396 amplifier - but to be honest i almost never listen to the NS10s anymore. I prefer the Mackie HR824s. Sometimes I see people using the old Quad amp with NS10s.

Hi Tesseract

1. Which had the greatest impact on your musical development & why?


Everything has had an impact on my musical development - it's hard to pin point what was the greatest.

2. If you could go back in time and start your musical career all over again what changes would you make knowing what you know now?


I wish I had studied piano - and I wish I'd spent more hours working on my timing when I was young - neither of which I wanted to do at the time.

Hi SantiBanks

I'm helping out a friend with recording his SQ2 setup (same layout to yours) and I was wondering how you place your overheads in the studio?

Right behind and above my head as if they were an extension of my ears.

Also, I noticed that the snare gives a little bit of resonance in some of the toms, mostly the 8" tom. Its not annoying or anything but I think I can hear it in your snare sound too on your latest dvd. Does your mic pick up that resonance and do you leave it in the drummix?

All the toms are ringing all the time - I just except that's all part of the sound of the drum kit as an overall instrument. When you play one note on a real acoustic piano - you can hear the other strings ringing too. Therefore I don't like to gate or cut the toms in a mix.

Hi crystalfunky

Great great video from guitarcenter sessions.

Thanks - for anyone who hasn't seen that video yet - here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bedjJzQu6Lk

When you play e.g. "Quite firm" i can really feel your groove and thats what i like the most when i'm listening to drummers. Is there any kind of project coming up where you play this kind of music?

Yes I recently made another 'big band' track with the excellent Laurence Cottle (who also wrote and arranged "Quite Firm"). In fact I played it on the recent Guitar Center Session clinic. Let's hope they upload it sometime.

Hi sonorplayer

I know you're not a fan of drum dials. But just as a point of reference for me can you give me a rough idea of where each of your toms and snares are tuned to? For example, would your main snare be tuned really high to 90, or low at around 80? And how high is the reso in relation to the batter side?

I tried the drum dial thing but it made no sense to me - so I got rid of it. Therefore I can't help you with settings.

Also, i'm getting a lot of snare buzz when I hit my 10 tom tom. I'm thinking of getting the PureSound Custom Pro 20 strand for both snares because I've heard you get less buzz from it. Have you tried it out? Any thoughts?


As Kalma points out - this has been asked and answered quite a few times already.

If you remember, a while back I was asking you about Giant Step pedals. I ended up buying a single pedal. I like the pedal but I kinda like the feel of the direct drive pedals a bit more. I can get the Axis A21 cheaper than a Giant Step double. I was wondering if you're now using the A21 and what your thoughts on it are?

The A21s are something I'm still experimenting with - along with other pedals and settings. The differences between pedals are really a personal preference - and the inadequacies and inconsistencies of my feet make far bigger difference. I can set a pedal up great one day and it feels great - and my feet are playing well on them. Following morning - I'm really struggling to play anything on them. If I spent a lot more time practising on the pedals maybe my feet wouldn't be so temperamental.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:45 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I know you use a Mackie 32:8 board, I have read your S on S interview from '99 and I have searched all places possible(here's your shot Kalma).

In Short; what pre-amps do you use at present for your studio mic's? Still the Mackie's? Or do you use different pre's on the way into the Mac tower?
I know you like to keep things simple so is the signal path still: mic to board to Apogee to Mac?

Thank you for keeping up with us "little folk" even as you grow into, in my opinion, the greatest drummer of our generation!

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Old 02-27-2011, 09:17 PM
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Hi ZGR8DCVER,

yes I'm still using the mic amps on the Mackie 32.8 board...into the Apogees and then into the Mac.

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:26 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bedjJzQu6Lk
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:06 PM
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Hi Gavin

I think you were asked this question a lot in the past but I'll ask it anyway. What are your thoughts on playing with a metronome. Do you do it (live, practice, studio) etc. What are your experiences with playing with a click etc. I just started using it in my practice, but I have the feeling it kinnda kills the overall groove. Thanks for the tips.
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I think you were asked this question a lot in the past but I'll ask it anyway. What are your thoughts on playing with a metronome. Do you do it (live, practice, studio) etc. What are your experiences with playing with a click etc. I just started using it in my practice, but I have the feeling it kinnda kills the overall groove. Thanks for the tips.
When you use the search-function of this thread and you type "Metronome" into the input you'll get 5 sites with results!

Also check out www.askgavinharrison.com!
These are questions that are asked 1001 times...
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:54 PM
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Hey Gavin,

No questions here. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to come to the forums and answer questions. It's a pretty cool gesture on your part to check in with us fans every once in a while that is much appreciated!

Thanks again, & as Marc Bolan once said, "Rock On!"

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Old 03-03-2011, 12:44 AM
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Here's a new clip from my recent Guitar Center clinic in LA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWI0l4I2RaE

Killer Joe arranged by Laurence Cottle (who also played bass on this).

takes me back to my earliest influences.

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Wonderful playing, thanks very much for sharing!

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Really great playing!! I like the swing time with some of the fusion/prog fills thrown in there.. makes it a "touch" modern!

I noticed in that vid two things - the VF sticks with stick grip and what appears to be a Korg Wavedrum on your left side?? If correct, what size sticks are you using there and how are you liking the Wavedrum? Is it comparable to something like a Roland SPD-S?
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He mostly uses 5B sticks in live situations but in studio he said many pages ago that he sometimes uses lighter sticks
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:15 PM
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Hi Gavin, just wanted to start off by saying your drumming, personality and philosophy on playing is SUCH a huge inspiration to me. Having you drop by often to answer our questions is a wonderful thing, it's great to see drummers that really give back to the drumming community. Adoration and gushing praise aside, it's funny though, being able to talk to you here is much less daunting, that it probably would be if we were talking face-to-face (an opportunity which I would love to have some day), which is probably why this thread is so long, haha.

A lot of my interest is (like many) in your cymbal setup. I read that your chimes were cut down mid-sized K crashes, have you experimented with other lines of Zildjians and modifications to them? I have a 6" A which has a similar sound, so I was curious about that. Also, in regards to how you mounted them, do you mount them in a 'high to low' or similar fashion, or are they mounted depending on their sound? (for example, are there certain chimes that sound good in tandem with the ride bell and are placed to be easier to hit?)

Sorry if that got a bit technical, they are imho your signature sound, and one that I very much enjoy your use of, or 'musical embellishments' as you said in the 'drum fills' video. ;)

My other interest is with your 3 crashes, the MD Festival 2008 dvd shows you with an 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your primary and two K crashes, and the new Guitar Center Sessions videos show you with two A's and a K. Was the change due to needing brighter crashes for your other music projects? Also, what led you to use the 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your main crash? It sounds AMAZING in the MD Festival's Sound of Muzak performance.


Thanks again for being so active here and being open to our questions.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:44 PM
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Hi Trip McNealy

I noticed in that vid two things - the VF sticks with stick grip and what appears to be a Korg Wavedrum on your left side?? If correct, what size sticks are you using there and how are you liking the Wavedrum? Is it comparable to something like a Roland SPD-S?

I tend to use two models of Vic Firth sticks (both with the Vic Grip which I can't do without now). For lighter things like playing and recording at home (and drum clinics) I use the 5A Extreme. On tour with PT I use the "rock" model. I really like the Korg Wavedrum because it uses the sound of the real drum head along with the electronics - so you feel a connection to it and that you're contributing to the sound. I don't really love situations where I'm just triggering samples at different volume levels - as is the case with some other electronic drums.

Hi mutzy

A lot of my interest is (like many) in your cymbal setup. I read that your chimes were cut down mid-sized K crashes, have you experimented with other lines of Zildjians and modifications to them? I have a 6" A which has a similar sound, so I was curious about that. Also, in regards to how you mounted them, do you mount them in a 'high to low' or similar fashion, or are they mounted depending on their sound?

Most of them were A Zildjians if I remember correctly. I set them out low to high (large to small) from left to right.

My other interest is with your 3 crashes, the MD Festival 2008 dvd shows you with an 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your primary and two K crashes, and the new Guitar Center Sessions videos show you with two A's and a K. Was the change due to needing brighter crashes for your other music projects? Also, what led you to use the 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your main crash? It sounds AMAZING in the MD Festival's Sound of Muzak performance.

The 18" Crash of Doom is a beauty - but I don't use it all the time. Of course I have quite a few cymbals and I tend to change them once in a while just for variation. The MD Fest was close to the time I was playing with King Crimson and the Crash Of Doom fitted that band very well in my opinion.

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Thanks for the response, Gavin. Do you still use any of the cut down chimes, or are you using non-modified ones? I see the videos have the Zildjian logo on them, but can't see an 'A' or 'K' etc.

I read that the 18" Crash of doom is discontinued and Zildjian are only making the 20". Have you tried the 20", and is there any real difference between the two (other than size)?

Also, with your DW Drop Clutch, do you hit the bar with your hand or a stick? I have both the DW and Pearl drop clutches and while the DW is great to use the downward motion then sideways with the Pearl, it's much harder to disengage with a stick then the Pearl one due to a heavier spring. Did you modify yours at all?

Lastly, I know it's probably a long shot, but are there any plans down the track to do any clinics in Australia? The possibility of meeting you and getting my Anesthetize and Arriving Somewhere dvds signed would be awesome.
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Hey Mr. Harrison,

This is a rather strange question, but how hard do you think you're pressing down on the high hat pedal?

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HI GAVIN ,QUESTION. LEADING WITH RIGHT FOOT W/ DOUBLE BASS PEDALS IN 16 THS.PUTS LEFT FOOT ON E & AHS, BUT MY RIGHT FOOT IS STRONGER IF ITS ON E,S & AH,S BECAUSE I AM USED TO PLAYING 1/8 NOTES ON MY H/H, 1 + 2 + YOU KNOW ,BIT OF A PROBLEM, WITCH IS BETTER OR WITCH SHOULD I PRACTICE MORE ??????? ANYONE HAVE A GOOD IDEA OR FIX.

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Hi Gavin,

having watched the Guitar Center Video "When To Play Fills" some questions came to my mind.

Playing lengthy Drumsolos: I watched Jon Hiseman doing this, about half an hour and really exiting. It CAN work out, but mostly in a jazz-band setup, not in a rock band.

Playing bass: When did you start to play bass? As a bass player myself and self-taught drummer and percussionist I think there are a lot of similarities between bass and drums. What bass do you own and play?

And the "Killer Joe" Video is great, it would be nice to see more jazz and Big band things with you!

And a general, rather personal question, hope not too personal: Have you been a rather calm and quiet boy and the music helped to build your confidence?

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When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it?
The teachers in my music school often tell us, that if you play more shows you get more money than selling cds. That is something that has changed in the last years.
What do you see in the next years? I'm sometimes worried that the chances of living as a musician becomes really difficult.

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Hey Gavin,

I am working through your first book, rhythmic illusions, and had a question. (Great stuff by the way!)

Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.

Do you have any advice on how to keep the A Status in your head, without shifting to the B Status? It's hard because once you start repeating it, they sound exactly the same, and it feels easier to count it by the B Status.

Any help is appreciated!
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Hi mutzy

Do you still use any of the cut down chimes, or are you using non-modified ones? I see the videos have the Zildjian logo on them, but can't see an 'A' or 'K' etc.

Zildjian have made some custom ones for me - and they would be from the 'A' series.

I read that the 18" Crash of doom is discontinued and Zildjian are only making the 20". Have you tried the 20", and is there any real difference between the two (other than size)?

Yes I like the 20" too - they have similar characteristics.

Also, with your DW Drop Clutch, do you hit the bar with your hand or a stick? Did you modify yours at all?

It's not modified and I usually operate it with my hand.

Lastly, I know it's probably a long shot, but are there any plans down the track to do any clinics in Australia?


No plans to head down under anytime soon - sorry.

Hi yothatswack

This is a rather strange question, but how hard do you think you're pressing down on the high hat pedal?


As hard as I need - to achieve the required sound from the hi hat cymbals.

Hi astroandy

When did you start to play bass? As a bass player myself and self-taught drummer and percussionist I think there are a lot of similarities between bass and drums. What bass do you own and play?

I started messing around on my first bass about 25 years ago. The bass I have now is an old Yamaha BB1100S which has four strings set up like the lower four strings of a 5 string bass (if that makes sense) so B, E, A, D

Hi crystalfunky

When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it?


sad decline.

What do you see in the next years? I'm sometimes worried that the chances of living as a musician becomes really difficult.


there will always be music - it doesn't mean that lots of people want to pay for it though. Yes playing live is an important way to go. There always were obstacles - you just have to be creative to make a living as a musician these days.

Hi daredrummer

Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.


This question came up not long ago - maybe a page or two back. Don't switch your mind into the B Status at all. Fight the urge and hear it as a completely new pattern.

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Zildjian have made some custom ones for me - and they would be from the 'A' series.
Hi Gavin,

do you think you can convince them to turn this into a product, i.e. "Gavin Harrison's Chime Set" ;-) ? I am sure they are going to find quite a lot of interested drummers. I once asked a female Zildjian sales staff member during the Frankfurt "Musikmesse" - she claimed to know you but I don´t remember her name. She said that this would be an interesting idea - however "interesting" can mean a lot... including complete nonsense.

Or is this something that you would hate anyway - maybe because these chimes are so intimately related to your own style of drumming.

By the way... your Guitar Center video is awsome - you are one of the few pro drummers that can really explain musical concepts and make people aware of the traps they might find themselves in - fills sometimes being a "nervous habit" really made me lough. Hopefully they issue more of this.

Maybe I am going to see you in Germany on your drum clinic tour this year - I know a cool drum shop organizing real good clinics close to Frankfurt (www.musicnmore.de) - Benny Greb has been visiting us not too long ago. That´ll be great fun!
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Hi Gavin.

I am a newbie hobbyist drummer (and big time PT fan). I just heard the term "quantizing" and what it is, and also learned that it is hard to find nowadays records in which the drums were not quantized. My world is crumbing here.

Do you quantize your drums, or are they "el natural"? :)
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When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
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sad decline.
Hi Gavin,

Could you please elaborate on this? I'm intrigued by your answer.

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Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.


This question came up not long ago - maybe a page or two back. Don't switch your mind into the B Status at all. Fight the urge and hear it as a completely new pattern.

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Alright thanks. I'll also try that suggestion from the previous page.
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Hi haroldo_psf

I am a newbie hobbyist drummer (and big time PT fan). I just heard the term "quantizing" and what it is, and also learned that it is hard to find nowadays records in which the drums were not quantized. My world is crumbing here.
Do you quantize your drums, or are they "el natural"? :)


Yes everything I've ever recorded has been quantised.

Hi Lex

When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it? sad decline.
Could you please elaborate on this? I'm intrigued by your answer.


The music industry has changed a lot since I started in it. In terms of recorded music (and the knock on effect of record budgets, session musicians, studios etc) the illegal downloading has almost killed it - so musicians have had to try and change direction - but it feels like it's shrinking (at least to me).

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