Memorization isn't really a must.
When I go through Stick Control I can tell what the next exercise will be as I view it. That applies to Swing Solos, too.
You may memorize certain exercises / patterns more than others. That's fine.
I play, on the home set, 10,12,13,14,15" toms and a 16 and 18" floor toms.
I use clear Remo Ambassadors, top and bottom. Both heads are tuned medium low, both heads same pitch.
I've never had a problem with any size.
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The EGO quotient is off the charts. too! I gigged in one Blues band for less than a year and that was too much for me. I met too many rank musicians who thought they were the shit! Musicially, never has so little been done by so many. The attitude towards drummers was demeaning. "Anybody can...