Straying out of my comfort zone


"Uncle Larry"
It occurs to me that I was told there were going to be E drums there....and the set of drums turned out to be a Ddrum set. Possible miscommunication between the guy who told me and the guy who told him.

Like on the phone, if the soundguy/drum owner said he had a set of Ddrums to my guitar player, the guitar player could have misconstrued the info and thought he heard "a set of E drums", most likely being unaware of a brand of drums called Ddrums.

Therein could be the source of confusion.


Platinum Member
I'm so tired of that big overhanging boom soundpeople mangle kick drums into these days. Takes away from the time and any sort of part you might play on the drum other than a four on the floor. Especially when teamed with a "fat" bass guitar sound. One or the other should have some clearer articulation and it often works to thin out the kick drum so that it provides the time and the bass guitar provides the bottom.

As to e-kits. I just found out that at an audition I'm going to next week they have what they consider to be a "really good" digital drum set. Lot of different kinds of tunes from classic rock to James Brown to reggae. Which would normally mean that pulling the right sounds out of an acoustic drum would be a differentiator. But that's not going to happen.
My latest foray outside my comfort zone was last Monday night, I played a gig honoring the music and person of composer Steven Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin, Pocahontas) and all that was available for me were piano charts!

So I had to listen, create some charts of my own and do my damnedest to understand this music that was completely foreign to me. And show tunes at that with all their twists and kinks and ritards and accellerandos. All with the guy who wrote it right there.

It was white knuckle fun!