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    In-ear + Triggers Setup - Latest Incarnation

    The top40/CHR project I am in has some fly-in casino dates coming up. Backline provided, but will still need to take a few things. The major piece that needed tweaking was my in-ear setup. I wanted it small enough for carry on, but also plug and play. The components in the case are: Mackie...
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    Rick Dior - Chapin Book Series

    As if Rick's Youtube channel wasn't already loaded with enough content, he has been uploading videos playing through Jim Chapin's Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer. This book is a classic. Having someone of Rick's calibre play through the exercises, and sharing the content openly, is a...
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    Steve Gadd book coming soon.

    Haven't seen this posted yet...
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    Yamaha Club Custom Owners...

    ... please post your experience with these drums. I own a number of Yamaha kits. I was aware of this series, but content and happy with what I have. No gear envy, etc. This weekend, I got to hear, and play, a set of Club Customs. They were tuned wide open, coated heads top and bottom. Sounded...
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    First We Take Manhattan

    Prepping for an upcoming gig. One of the songs is First We Take Manhattan by Jennifer Warnes (lyrics by Leonard Cohen). I have heard it many times over the years. Appreciated the lyrics, the production, and the tasteful playing. A simple, solid groove with just the right amount of spice...
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    Getting the Gig You Want

    Last Wednesday (July 29) I received an email asking if I could sub for two gigs on the weekend (July 31 + Aug 1) at a local legion. A set list of 50 songs (culled from a master list of 130 songs) was included with the email. I was familiar with most of the songs (about 45), and was confident I...
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    Theatre gig!

    Got the nod last night. I am playing a 7 show run of the musical Chess. It is being staged as part of a local Summer arts festival. Our venue seats almost 800. I met with the musical director this afternoon. Rehearsals begin next weekend. Very excited!
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    In with both feet!

    After a 10 year hiatus from playing (new baby), I am jumping back in with both feet. I have an audition with a well established local band in early April. Of the 55 songs on their current playlist, there were only 8 that I had never heard. Many of the others I have played before. Many times...
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