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Old 03-16-2017, 05:13 PM
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Default Drummers you admire that play small kits (think 3-piece or less)

I'm really becoming a fan of the smaller drum set, and I've been watching drummers and listening to music of those that play smaller kits. How about you? Have a favorite drummer who plays a really small drum set? (Preferably smaller than a 3-piece.)

Here are a couple that I admire whom I feel are able to capture a great feel with smaller set-ups.

I love Slim Jim from the Stray Cats/Brian Setzer:



I'm really starting to like Miles Miller, drummer for Sturgill Simpson. It's rare to see him with more than a 3-piece.




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Old 03-16-2017, 05:45 PM
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I really like the look of a 3-piece, and with just 1 cymbal + hi hat. very simple yet classy.....and symmetric.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:11 PM
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I've been watching Carter McLean's videos recently; he gets a great groove with a cut down kit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGoy5DBzAqk
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:22 PM
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I can't find a photo of Homer Steinweiss from The Dapkings with anything smaller than a four piece but I've read an interview with him where he joked that he'd turn up to gigs with snare, bass drum and hi-hat and get a lot of positive feedback about his cool, stripped-down kit, but admitted the reason it was stripped down was because he was too lazy to bring the rest of the kit.

But I really, really rate Steinweiss. Great funk and soul groove player. I've been copping his licks for a while.

He's now a left-footed, right-handed player owing to a condition that affected his right-footed bass-drum technique.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:35 PM
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I was just going to say Miles as well......his groove and right hand are very solid.......love playing along with his stuff
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Just sounds like lazy people to me. :-)


Now, on the serious side, I think it's a good exercise to go small for a while and explore the full potential of each piece. Right now, after some auditions having to play stuff on a smaller kit than I'm used to I'm gonna cut down my kit to essentials and slowly build back up again. You also get really sure about how you want things placed that way.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:10 PM
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A couple of years ago I played an outdoor gig with the following:

Snare, hihat, crash/ride, floor tom, electronic kick

I absolutely loved it and it made me fall back in love with my Paiste 2000 sound reflections hihats - chick ch ch chick chick
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Reni from the Stone Roses. He plays a daft, double bass monstrosity now, but his early 90's set up was cool. Lovely, funky player as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdxkzKdZn2I
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Reni from the Stone Roses. He plays a daft, double bass monstrosity now, but his early 90's set up was cool. Lovely, funky player as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdxkzKdZn2I
This is so cool. Thanks for sharing! I've never heard of these guys, but I'll probably spend a good part of my morning listening to them.

I think I see an old piaiste colorsound crash!

Also, a person can tell that this is from the 90's just by the headwear! :)

Not really sure about that guy in the background. I wish I had his job though.
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I mother******* love the bad-ass mother****** who plays drums for Deerhoof on that tiny mother****** of a drum kit with the awesome but mother******* weird cymbal arrangement.

https://youtu.be/ea9N9H-3a5M
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Leon Parker. He actually went through a period of deconstructing the drum kit. He went back as far as just a ride cymbal. Then added a snare drum, and then a bass drum. I think he's up to an added floor tom now. I've seen many videos of him with no hi-hats and his style is not missing.

My current setup of choice is bass drum, snare drum, ride cymbal that has a nice crash to it, and hi-hats. It's fun discovering the different tones each piece is capable of.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:07 PM
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I think Kenny Clarke played with the two-piece setup as well for a while?
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Matt Halpern in the old days - 3 pc, he totally killed it with one floor tom.
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Yeah Hellporn is the first to come to mind, one of the few to successfully play a three piece in metal.
I've seen Loniel Robinson play a 3 piece a few times but that's all that comes to mind right now.
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Hopefully he's not on this website.

I have a friend called Alan who plays a Djembe in an alternative acoustic punk band I know.

I admire him because he's battled some proper demons in his life. Come through them. Never drinks as he's alcoholic. And can't play his Djembe for shit. But he LOVES gigs, and banging shit out of that thing.

A bit weird...but he's an inspiration. Anyone. ANYONE. Can get up on a stage, get gigs, and play music if they really want to.
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https://youtu.be/L9KCYdJ3yeQ


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Really cool. I love kexp. I think those Tamas are owned by that station because everyone that comes through there plays them. Very cool band.
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I'll always love Steven Jordan with a small punchy bass drum, a poppy tuned snare, hats, and a washy ride cymbal. I've seen him do that setup with John Mayer many times and tried that setup myself on an open mic with small stage.

In fact a guitarist friend loved the sound of my piccolo snare that night and his band is now auditioning me to be their new full time drummer. As I remember it he was hosting that night and we did a slow blues shuffle. It was in the style of John Mayer trio type stuff and it sounded really cool! Steve is the man to me although I'll probably come up with a fun twist to that setup one of theses nights. I don't want to be an outright copy of Steven Jordan but love the creative challenges and simple groove dictation a small setup provides.
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