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Old 08-28-2010, 09:57 AM
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I'm interested in brushwork but unfortunately my snare drum head is no good for that as it has one of those spots (like an extra layer) in the middle and it obstructs any sliding brushes. I'm not in any position to change any heads on my kit...

...so what do you use as a DIY way of practicing brushwork on, that can actually be heard...

...BTW, I already have a prcactice pad, but it is a a rubber one, not a practice pad with a head.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:13 AM
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http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...Pad?sku=441398

This comes highly recommended for brush work. Haven't seen them in Oz, but haven't tried to source one either.....I'll bet if you asked around you'd find one. At the very least you'll pick one up online.

The Remo pad is a cheaper option again. OR.....you could buy a second hand snare and put an Ambassador or G1 on it for brush practice.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:26 AM
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An easy route would be to change the head on your snare. Remo's controlled sound head is essentially the same as what you're using, but has the dot (the extra material) on the bottom of the head.

Next to this.. The other week on here, I read someone saying that a pizza box works well. So maybe some kind of cardboard...?
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:05 AM
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If you look at the economics of it, changing your snare batter head will be cheaper than buying any kind of practice device. A white coated snare head here in SoCal will cost me about $15. Any pad you buy will definitely be over $25.

However, I do have a big Real Feel hexagon practice pad made by HQ Percussion. It has a rubber pad on one side, and a white coating on the other that simulates a coated head. When I bought it over ten years ago, it cost me $45.

And then again, the pizza box is a cool idea. When I'm at work with alot of time on my hands, I carry around a pair of brushes and can work out on any smooth table top.
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:44 PM
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On the Steve Gadd In Session video he demonstrates his brush work on top of an Ampex carton, and makes it sound great. Any box with a fairly thick textured cardboard will work, I use those sturdy filing folders.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:18 PM
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A $1 solution would be your newspaper.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:20 PM
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Cardboard box beats the hell out of a $60 gadget.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:56 AM
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On the Steve Gadd In Session video he demonstrates his brush work on top of an Ampex carton, and makes it sound great. Any box with a fairly thick textured cardboard will work, I use those sturdy filing folders.
Thanks, I have a load of unused folders sitting around.
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