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  1. SquadLeader

    EPIC drum fills...

    I'd have thought the opening to Money for Nothing (Dire Straits) would be THE most epic and most famous combination of drum fills in the history of music? Played by Terry Williams...but interestingly I believe it's the only part of the Brothers In Arms album he played on. One of my favourite...
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    What kind of music do you traditionally play?

    Fast, melodic, humorous/cynical/sharp/cutting, punk rock music is my cup of tea. Our music spans the idiocy of The Jeremy Kyle show, through being a bloke caught in the rampage of a Blackpool Hen Do, to missing our favourite musician ever Joe Strummer.
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    What kind of music do you traditionally play?

    Rockabilly, especially punk rockabilly (if that's the right word) is making a huge resurgence up here in the North of England. I frequently see such bands. That double bass is a huge seller for me. I love it.
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    Do your neighbors complain?

    Drums are astonishingly loud. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded. Even played gently, they're loud. I live in a detached house but despite this I purchased electric drums for practice/recording etc. purely out of respect for my neighbours. I wouldn't want to hear drums thudding away when I...
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    Band Set Up Woes Again. Grrrr

    I've been playing in bands since I was 15. And for about 30 years have always suggested to other band members that they allow me to go on stage FIRST and get my stuff in situ so that I'm not moving to and fro with large, heavy, equipment, risking knocking their precious guitars over. Have they...
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    Band Set Up Woes Again. Grrrr

    He replaced it. It was a crap bass anyhow. We never spoke again though. Which was not a bad thing. A very strange guy whom, on one occasion, had to be forcibly removed from the rehearsal garage by the police. Me and the guitarist out of that band still play on our local circuit 30 odd years...
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    Band Set Up Woes Again. Grrrr

    Makes me reminisce about one of the early bands I was in. We used to rehearse in my friends garage. I REALLY didn't get on with the bass player, nor he with I. And where I'm always trying to be thoughtful, he was just this self-absorbed, selfish twat. So on one occasion he knocked one of my...
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    Is this normal....

    Gave notice to my bandmates yesterday that I'm leaving the band. We've been together for roughly 10 years. And we've become really good friends. Over the past couple of years things have become more and more of a toil. I love gigging. A couple of the other lads love making videos and recording...
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    My band's latest effort to impact on the annals of musical history....

    Enjoy (if enjoy is the correct word).... Includes unique video content of the band.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2NKAAnMJA&feature=youtu.be
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    Arse.....

    Bought a new motorhome to replace our old camper van last week. Thought I'd covered everything... Found out earlier today that my bass drum doesn't fit through the door. Oops
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    Traditional Grip....what the hell am I doing wrong....

    I've been struggling of late with a sore hand and decided that I would give traditional grip a go. I didn't expect it to be perfectly natural immediately, but did expect that I would be able to get by. And I sort of can...when playing the snare. However, when it comes to moving from snare to...
  12. SquadLeader

    13" Tom-Tom plus stand required...

    Can anyone give me a clue where I'd have best chance in UK of getting hold of a standalone 13" tom, ideally in silver sparkle, plus it's stand? I don't want a full kit but want to expand from one rack tom to two. Really struggling to find them for same...any ideas? Thanks in advance Martin
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    Weight Loss....

    Just for those who provided me with advise a few weeks back. I started walking in early November and I'm now averaging over 4.5km per day. Weighed myself yesterday. Have lost 6 kilogrammes which is nearly one stone over here. Feel great. Really improved my stamina when playing drums. Thanks...
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    Drum throne...

    Hi there. Is a "standard 7/8" fitting, (compatible with all Roc N Soc seats)" like REALLY a standard rather than a quirky Roc N Soc standard. I have a good quality Mapex seat which fits onto a similar looking fitting as the following. Can I be fairly assured do you think that it will fit if I...
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    Fat bastard...

    So. I've touched upon the issue of my weight before. I'm truly a giant. I'm 6'2'' and weigh 25 Stone. I'm huge. Paradoxically I've never really felt unfit. I can play a one hour set of pretty fast paced music. I don't particularly suffer, although for a good ten minutes after a set I struggle...
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    That moment....

    when you're playing this main stage next Friday night and your best mate texts you a photo and says "good crowd here mate, massive stage, see you next Friday night....no pressure" Joking apart....biggest gig a week today that I'll ever play in my life....the band are somewhat nervous
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    Self Indulgent Ego Massage....

    I got invited last night to play on a young, up and coming, musician's next album. I think it's the nicest thing to have ever happened to me in relation to the world of music. The band I'm in have been helping this young lad for some time. He now plays regular support slots for us when we do...
  18. SquadLeader

    Gigs.....

    ....Galore over the next few weeks. Is that the greatest feeling in the world or what (aside from obvious 'great' things outside music of course) ?
  19. SquadLeader

    Happy Easter guys....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKjVbhAvGk0#t=83
  20. SquadLeader

    Punk Scientists Discover Fourth Chord...

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/punk-scientists-discover-fourth-chord-2015032496607 :-)
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