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  1. BillRayDrums

    Hi gang! I've moved!

    To Seattle! Anyone up here?! Why am I yelling? ;) Seriously, I'm now up in Seattle (West Seattle) so if'n any of ya'lls lives 'round here ping me I'm hitting all the jam sessions / studios and am meeting lots of new folks.
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    Doing a clinic on August 8 in Vista, CA

    Heya all! I'm gearing up for a move to Seattle mid August and will be doing a drum clinic on 8/8 at "Drum Flip" in Vista, CA. If you're in the area I'd like to invite you down.
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    Bass Sniper Alejandro Masafret

    I've been doing this thing where I find a bassist online that plays with a loop pedal and then fall onto their groove. Most of these are first takes, including this one. It's how I hone my perception and intuition, just going for it and seeing how our trains of thought match up over the course...
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    Played with Paul Gilbert last night...

    Little Wing by Hendrix, among other tunes...
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    A new collaboration I'm working on.

    Guy is in Italy, I'm in California. We're passing tracks back and forth. Tune is in 4/4 with a "chorus" in 7/8 and the drum solo in 7 as well.
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    Dizziness version 0.3
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    I've perfected "Drum-bombing", LMAO... Yeah, three birds with the same stone! 1-Promote an unknown artist 2-learn a cool new song 3- promote yourself... Oh yeah #4- get pretty good with iMovie or whatever your video editing software is... :D :D
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    #basssniper Bobby Vega

    My new thing: find a random bassist, Put a drum part to it. FIrst takes most of the time. This was first take, never heard it before.
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    Mucking about with the relative tempo

    This is a good illustration of how to take a cadence (in this case 17/8 and then the "chorus" of 7/4) and then speed it up or slow it down. This tune always needed something else to nudge it along, I think we got it here.
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    My new thing- Bass Sniping

    Find a bassist who plays a solo on Youtube, grab that vid and play along to it, post it side by side... Be a good bass sniper. Always include a link to the video.
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    19" Sabian AAX Xplosion Fast Crash

    Just got this in last Thursday and had a chance to use it over the weekend on three gigs; A country/rock thing on Friday, an instrumental rock thing on Saturday and an acoustic trio on Sunday. It's a thinner crash than the "normal" AAX Xplosion model. I have a 17" AAX Xplosion as well as 19"...
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    Changing the tempo on the fly...

    That's what I did! HAHAHA
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    "Fred" by Tony Williams

    My friend sent me a version of "Fred" by Tony Williams that he had worked up on the keyboard. It's an abridged version so all the solos aren't there. It's just a nod to the master. Of course I'm not Tony Williams (obviously)... it's just a salute! Enjoy it...
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    15 for 30 challenge!

    15bpm for 30 minutes. Play the same simple beat. 8th notes on the hats, 1&3 on kick, 2&4 on snare. The metronome can be subdivided to 8th notes and no smaller, since the hihat is playing 8ths, hence the smallest value used.
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    VLAD The Drumming Horse

    Very Loud And Drags. He's quite a handful, that Vlad. Anyhow he stopped by my studio today. Crapped in the corner and ate all my trail mix. Bastard.
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    Invoking Kurt Vonnegut in a groove

    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
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    From our gig opening for Doyle Bramhall II Drum solo at 4:30-ish...
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    How to play 4 against 7

    Quick lesson on the 4:7 polyrhythm.
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    I found some tracks online and began working a part to them.

    So I found these tracks to play along to; my normal routine was getting a bit stale and I figured it was time to get some new stuff written by someone I'd never met. The cool thing about this stuff is that I get to practice my intuitiveness; I'm not listening to these endless but rather I give...
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    Need "realtime human input" for an artist I work with.

    Last year an Anglican priest from Vernon, BC Canada contacted me to play two songs on his album. I faithfully took the job and had a religious experience in doing so! Please vote for Chris Harwood-Jones on the CBC site. I played two tunes on his album and it ranks high among my favorite...