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  1. Juniper

    My (new) 1970's Slingerland

    I've posted about this kit on the general forum but humour me for a new kit thread, as I don't do these often 😂 Picked up this 3 ply maple/polar earlier on the week to have a kit where we're currently based (my other kits are in storage in another part of the UK currently) I've wanted this...
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    Returning to drumming after nearly two years

    After 22 long months away I can finally count down the hours to playing again. After taking a hiatus back in August 2019 (for the impending birth of our firstborn) it’s been nice for some time away for more time to bond with her, but as gigs have been off the last 15 months I haven’t been able...
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    Floppy Disk Snare Trick

    A bit of fun and something I stumbled across on Instagram via a drummer called Justin Heaverin. Pretty cool trick where it looks like you can control the amount of dampening resting on the batter head, depending on how you hit the snare drum...
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    Appreciating Your Bandmates

    Something I’ve been struggling with at times the last couple of weeks so excuse the essay. A couple of weeks ago, like most evenings, I’d returned home after walking my dogs and was sitting in our garden with them cooling off. To kill some time I opened up Twitter to find a band mate/friends...
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    RIP Jimmy Cobb

    It’s being reported this morning that unfortunately he has passed away at 91 years of age. I’ll be shortly putting on Kind of Blue in tribute. RIP
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    New Drum History Book - worth checking out

    Not seen this mentioned on here yet but for those that like to read up on the history of our instrument there's been an impressive & comprehensive book recently published called Kick It - A Social History of the Drum Kit. Comes in at an impressive 320 pages and covers the history over the last...
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    Free Hudson Music book

    Received an email earlier from Hudson Music who are giving away a free digital book, made up of samples from some of their existing publications as below. Contains content from the below books Steve Smith: Pathways of Motion Mark Guiliana: Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset Tommy Igoe...
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    The bands latest single machu picchu and Madonna's 'Material Girl'

    The bands latest single and B-Side cover were released yesterday. Recorded last August at Tilehouse Studios, London and the the final songs with me as the drummer for The Amber Bugs as I depart for incoming fatherhood duties. Finally able to share the B-Side cover of Madonnas 'Material Girl'...
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    "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans" - Leaving music for a while

    .....To quote John Lennon in the title. So last weekend I had to give my band my notice that I'm leaving and they had to start looking for a replacement after nearly five years together. Life's changed in the last few months and there are priorities to be taken into consideration and I no...
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    My Bands New Single - My Jazzy Valentine

    My band The Amber Bugs released our latest single the last few days, one we're all very happy with and a bit of a different sound for us. Released online on Valentine's Day, exactly 12 months to the day since the song, My Jazzy Valentine, was first conceived and recorded back in August 2018 at...
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    The Art of Drumming - TV Show

    For those unaware the U.K. has been blessed with a TV documentary series in recent weeks called 'The Art of Drumming' which is currently being shown on Sky Arts. It's a four part series, each episode around 1hour 15minutes, covering the roots of popular drumming, the musicianship involved and...
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    Sabian HH Vanguard Ride- one hell of a cymbal

    For years I’ve been searching for ‘that’ ride cymbal, the one that does it all. I’ve got a number of rides but they all do something different. They are either washy, dry, heavy, crash-able but I’ve been looking for years for one that does it all. I was beginning...
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    Cool drum facts you've heard late

    As the thread title suggests a thread for cool drum based facts you've only heard or even realised late. Mine is: I always assumed/heard that Buddy Rich's final drum kit was his restored Slingerland Radio King set and played this up to his passing. However a couple of months ago I stumbled on...
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    Another kit share story

    Another thread for the potential pitfalls of a gear share situation. Played a gig last night (poor show but that's another story) and get to the venue. We were told beforehand there was a kit at the venue so all the drummers needed to bring was snare, pedal and cymbals- the usual setup for...
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    My band’s latest Single/Live video

    Hello This video got uploaded earlier. Latest video from our recent recording sessions back in November. Bit of a fun song that changes time signatures frequently and a lot. Mostly 3/4 and 4/4. Same with the last one recorded to analogue/tape. It’s about the perception of Ginger haired...
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    New live music video

    So back in November my band went to Mike Oldfields studio near London and entered sessions for our two next singles. Over the last few days we released the first song digitally (iTunes/Spotify...etc) and today we released the separately recorded live video. The recorded version took quite a...
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    Back in the studio tomorrow, cannot wait

    Very excited for tomorrow, my band The Amber Bugs are back in the studio after a couple of months rehearsing/demoing and tomorrow we are recording our follow up to our 2016 EP. The format will be challenging to say to the least in terms of time deadlines. Each day we are there we have 8 hours...
  18. Juniper

    Pearl Maple 12x7 Soprano Snare

    I happened to play one earlier at my drum teachers studio and I think I've fallen somewhat smitten with this little stunner. I don't own any snares other than 14" but now I'm thinking of getting one of these. It was surprising full of body and a great tone from its 8 ply maple shell. Never...
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    Another acoustic live band video

    Recently I posted a video of a live session/video my band filmed of a cover of a Ryan Adams song 'Do you still love me?' A video from the same session has been released this evening, this time of an oringinal song we wrote especially for this session called 'Relax' Some syncing issues here as...
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    New stripped back band video

    Little video the band did a few weeks ago with Wurd Sessions. Stripped back cover of a newish Ryan Adams song 'Do You Still Love Me'. Our frontman using his Guitarvoi which is a pretty unorthodox instrument with a very particular sound (which we all love and have been waiting to use it in this...
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