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  1. MrTheOne

    Shuffle BPM cut-off

    So, just wondering what the consensus would be on the cut-off point for playing a shuffle beat instead of a 12/8 or 6/8. What tempo is too SLOW to play a shuffle beat. Or is it a non-sense question and other factors pertain to the groove applied?
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    Played an old Rogers a few weeks ago

    Just some fun gear-nerd talk: Had a gig at this venue in Clarksdale, MS that had an old Rogers for the house kit. Was in shabby condition sadly, but still a joy to play. Kick drum especially sounded great. I wish I had a little more time with it to tune and do some maintenance, but I’m just glad...
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    Desert Island drum books

    Ok, recently I bought my first ever copy of Stick Control (playing 25 years never owned a copy, ha!). It’s one of the “must haves” from what I’ve seen so it made me wonder what the other must have books are, the three you’d have on a desert island if you HAD to pick only those three? Which, I...
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    Advice on making stainless steel shell

    So, had an interesting conversation with my father in law about drums a few weeks ago. Got on the subject of how much I loved Gregg Keplinger's drums but couldn't afford one at the moment. So he, being a sheet metal guy, says he can probably make one for me at his shop. I mean, he doesn't know...
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    IBC?

    Just wondering, anybody going to be in Memphis this week for the International Blues Challenge?
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    New head collar warped?

    Ok, test a new head at my local drum shop by setting in on the floor (assuming the floor is completely flat) to check that it's level and not warped or uneven. There's some slight rocking. Not too bad, but I'm wondering if it's enough to equal a bad sound. As a good rule of thumb should be head...
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    Volume or resonance?

    Ok [/I]so this might be a silly question, and just to be clear I have consulted the dictionary, but what is the difference between volume and [I]resonance[I]? Are the the same or two separate things that influence one another? I fee like I might confuse these two a lot and clarification might...
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    Does this sound like a lack of professionalism?

    Ok, I'll try to keep this short: My girlfriend recently fired the rest of her band (for being jerks and all around hard to work with even though it's HER name on the bill). She hired me on drums and my friend and the guitar player in MY band as the replacement. I didn't necessarily take it as we...
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    How do you know it's time to quit your 9-5?

    This is probably one of the most asked questions on this forum, but I'm interested to know how many of you all dealt with this issue, if you're playing pro or even semi-pro. I work a FT day job, but my music opportunities are starting to grow in ways I never though possible. Problem is as good...
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    Dealing with sciatica

    Anybody have good tips on dealing with sciatica? I tend to get it in my right leg, glute down through my thigh to the knee or so. I stretch before and between sets, drink water, but not sure what else I can do. No problem with my left leg though, which I find strange, but I'm certainly no...
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    Cymbals that "fit" together sonically?

    I may be over-thinking this one, but a lot of it is just budgetary. Let's say I'm in the market for cymbals and I want them to blend together and be consistent sonically. I've heard those terms thrown out before and just wanted some clarification/education. My drum teacher even says that he...
  12. MrTheOne

    First electronic drum gig experience....

    Had a fun new experience last weekend: girlfriend hired me to play drums for her for a casino gig. However, due to casino/venue rules, I had to play on the house kit, a set of Roland V-Drums (sorry didn't bother to get the model or anything like that). At first I approached it the same as...
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    Best/Worst or Favorite/Least Favorite finishes?

    Just a fun discussion, wondering what some opinions are on drum finishes? Best/Favorite vs Worst/Least Favorite if you like, or just what your opinion is on what looks best, what's not so good aesthetically, etc. What company has the best finishes? Is it an entirely pointless question? Aaaaand...
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    Hardware Bag Size

    So I'm looking into buying a hardware bag and wanted to get some opinions on the best size for the amount of hardware I'm stuffing into it. What I have is three cymbal stands, kick pedal, hi-hate stand, tom arm that is attached to the top of the kick drum, and drum throne. I'm leaning toward...
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    Facebook videos

    Is there a policy here about linking to Facebook accounts? There's a video of me playing at a blues jam but it's on the FB page of someone who I'm not actually friends with, FB or otherwise. Not a huge deal but I was hoping for a bit of feedback. Thanks all!
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    One-drum/Minimal grooves

    Hey folks, was thinking about this the other day and wondered if anybody here has any favorite drum grooves that are SUPER simple and use minimal instrumention, but are still awesome and groove and drive the tune well? Lately I'm really enjoying the "Zen-like" quality of stripping things down...
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    Playing shaker with a drumkit

    Hey all, I'm getting more and more into the idea of playing tunes wherein I substitute the hi-hat for a shaker (or maracas, whichever I like better), similar to the approach in the Prince song "Dear Mr Man." I was wondering if anybody here does that, has any technique pointers, thoughts on it...
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    Yamaha Stage Custom Birch

    Looking for the broad strokes as far as opinions. How do you all feel about Yamaha Stage Custom Birch drums? Thinking about buying one, they're reasonably cheap/inexpensive, but how do they sound? One of those would be an upgrade from what I currently have, but by how much? Should I spend the...
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    Yet another "behind the beat" question...

    Ok, so I was recently playing with a bass player friend of mine at a blues jam here in KC and she was trying to instruct me in the concept of playing behind the beat, for HER point of view as the bass player, basically schooling me on what she wanted, and I thought I'd run this by everyone here...
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    Favorite drum sound you ever heard in person...?

    Been mulling this one over the past few days when I reminisced about seeing Dave Matthews Band in concert back in '99 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St Louis. Carter started the drum intro to "Say Goodbye", and I just remember the amazing tone he seemed to pull out of those drums. Maybe...
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