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1  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Hand Cymbals on: January 24, 2009, 09:45:22 PM
 In what little hand drumming I have done (just showing off on the drum set) I found that thinner, smaller cymbals seem to rise to the crash easier than larger and thicker cymbals. I recommend trying 2 in order to add color and choice. If it were me, I would go with a 12" and 14". You may also be surprised to find that some more inexpensive cymbals may work better.  Go to your nearest store, focus on smaller cymbals, and slap a few!
2  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Type of head advise.. on: January 24, 2009, 09:36:31 PM
 Thanks Ken!
  I have been working on them(and practicing quite a bit here lately on some new tunes), and also trying to set up some kind of standards to use. For example, I have several different 8 inch heads. I'm putting them on a roto tom (no shell, no reso, easy on and off) and tuning each head to an "A". I am then trying to describe each sound, both with a stick and a timpany mallet. (For example, with a mallet, the 8 inch Aquarian texture coated has a pure tone except in the center, where there is a quite noticeable octave overtone, a harmonic if you will). I will keep you posted.
3  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: Smarty Answers on: January 10, 2009, 07:56:12 PM
You've had a lot of practice at that, haven't you Ken.. Cheesy
4  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: What are you listening to right now? on: January 09, 2009, 04:58:48 PM
 My wife just bought me a CD! I get maybe 2 or 3 CDs a year, but she saw one on Amazon.com and ordered it for me. It is the original Captain Beyond! I loved that album! Bobby Caldwell on drums really let it all out. He incorporated time signature patterns into heavy rock in a way that really hadn't been done much before that. I highly recommend a listen if you've never heard of them. If you liked Tommy by the Who and Led Zeppelin, you will probably love Captain Beyond.(this is from 1972)
5  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drum CD's on: January 09, 2009, 04:52:10 PM
 Good advise Jonathon. When I was learning I spent hours just playing along to the albums themselves (CDS were years away).There were some I literally wore out playing drums while listening to them. The important thing is not in getting every fill right, but learning the groove to a song and keeping good time. You can do that playing along with anything.
 Now if you want to make a youtube video or something, then by all means get the tracks minus drums.
6  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Type of head advise.. on: January 07, 2009, 03:54:54 PM
 Wow! That is so nice of both of you! I already told Ken in a PM that I would prefer to pay for any shipping cost you have for sending me the head, and just let me know if you would like it back.
 I started doing my comparisons on a 10 inch piccolo tom, but also am checking on a 12 inch as well. I have Evans G1 clear, Remo ambassator clear, ambassador coated, and Remo diplomat already compared. So far I like the remo coated best!
7  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Type of head advise.. on: January 06, 2009, 06:53:42 PM
  I have a lot coming up for me this Spring. I'll be doing a new video shoot with some new songs (two cameras this time I hope) and numerous clinics starting to line up for May and June.
  However, I'm really unhappy with the overall sound of my kit. I am in the process of experimenting with different heads, and believe it or not, considering coated ambassadors for my roto toms! The sound is more important to me than the appearance.
  It feels like my clear single ply heads create too much of a "plastic" sound and I would like to warm them up. Yet at the same time, I need as much resonance as I can get.
  Many of you have heard samples of my old videos,,do you have any advise on what heads you would use if you were to make more videos that are basically in the same style? Remember, to me appearance is not as important as sound.
8  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drum Pictures. on: January 04, 2009, 11:02:10 AM
 I've really only noticed the cajon the last couple of years but I really like the sound! I'd really like to get one to experiment with.
9  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drum Pictures. on: January 03, 2009, 01:21:33 PM
 Really nice finish! Those are beautiful drums..
  You need to have a double bass though, 2 eyes would look better than one!
10  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - HardWare - Talk Drum Hardware / Re: Need a bit of help..=[..double bass related.. on: December 30, 2008, 10:13:08 AM
 There are numerous "pro" pedals out there, I guess you will have to try some at a percussion shop. It really depends on the feel you want. As far as electric, I would love to put together an electric set but I really don't need one for what I do. There are other cost involved in buying electric, the amp, headphones, etc., but you already knew that. For certain situations, electric is the way to go, if you need quieter practice, church gigs, doing a lot of recording, and so on. If none of these really apply, I really would stick to creating the acoustic set of your dreams. Take your time, get quality. You have only the rest of your life to be happy that you did.
11  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: Welcome to Robert Kinsall (Kinsall on DSA website) on: December 29, 2008, 02:41:01 PM
 Welcome Robert! Make yourself at home..
12  Beginner Drum Forum / Beginner Drum Forum - Beginner Drummers Feedback Area / Re: SETTING UP YOUR KIT TO BEST SUIT YOUR PLAYING COMFORT on: December 28, 2008, 11:44:10 PM
 You made a good choice! Ludwig is a name that has been around for generations of drummers and will easily see your boy through his drumming days (yours too).
  One thing that might have helped in buying the used set however is the quality of heads. If the pacific kit had already had the stock (comes with it) heads replaced with better heads, then it would have been an even better deal, because honestly that is something you will want to consider in the next few months. The sound of quality heads is a noticeable improvement.
  Ken gave some good advise on set up and there are other threads here that will guide you through tuning. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!
13  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drum Techniques / Re: Parradiddle's with bass drum on: December 28, 2008, 11:29:10 PM
 I learned to play them as 16ths, 1 e and a 2 e and a,,with the par of the paradiddle being the quarter note (the diddle is where both the same hand plays). Once you get the feel of this, try putting the right hand on closed hihat and left on snare for a count or 2. Another interesting practice routine with this same beat is to move around your toms with regular 16ths, keeping a quarter note bass going, and when you get to the floor tom, do a paradiddle,RLRR, which now reverses the downbeat with the bass to the left hand and go back up the toms ending with a LRLL putting you back to your right hand lead.
14  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - HardWare - Talk Drum Hardware / Re: Drum Thrones on: December 28, 2008, 06:21:55 PM
 I understand the comfort of a saddle throne, used one for years. There was one problem I had though, so now I've gone back to just the basic round throne. I would often do solos that would take me out of the seat, walking around the drums, etc. Many times when I was ready to sit back down, the saddle was not in the position I wanted. I would have to use one hand in the middle of the solo to move the seat so it was pointed in the right direction.
15  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - HardWare - Talk Drum Hardware / Re: Need a bit of help..=[..double bass related.. on: December 28, 2008, 06:13:42 PM
 I'm known as someone who always tries to find a solution in the cheapest manner possible. Take off one of the springs and take it to your hardware store. I did this recently and replaced 3 springs from an old Tama pedal for better ones ( they even had the top and bottom loop to connect to the drives). Total cost, about $5.80 and about an hour of my time. They had the exact size spring available so I actually picked up a couple extras that were a little looser to have just for experimentation purposes.
16  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drum Techniques / Re: For the lovers of some REALLY good drumming! on: December 28, 2008, 05:42:16 PM
 Thanks Ken! A compliment coming from a drummer of your caliber really means a lot!
17  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Holidays on: December 23, 2008, 11:19:11 AM
 I'll be leaving to visit family in Ohio for a couple of days, but I wanted to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Peace....Jim
18  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: Favorite Movies on: December 18, 2008, 10:56:41 PM
 I watched Journey to the center of the earth last night and was extremely dissappointed. The colors, the level of 3D was no where near the level in the theater.
19  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: What are you listening to right now? on: December 18, 2008, 10:54:11 PM
Tomm? Where did you find that? I enjoy Weckl,,,very free form groove play.. and a nice drum solo artist!
20  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Cymbal Talk - Drum Cymbals / Re: Headline or camber? on: December 18, 2008, 10:19:43 PM
excellent response Henry! I had never heard of headliner cymbals. Is that some beginning brand of a major manufacturer?
 Believe it or not I've tried some Camber cymbals and wasn't pleasantly surprised by the quality.
21  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Best Kits on: December 18, 2008, 09:34:35 PM
 I agree Don, and Gretch drums do sound really nice, plus have a certain recognition of excellence if you will. I also agree with Ken, its not the drums its what the drummer does with them. (If I got an endorsement deal with ANY drum company I would be disagreeing with myself and singing high praises).
 That said....The purpose of the thread is to really define the levels of quality in the various makes. Since many companies have differing levels of kits, you can't compare Pearl to Yamaha or Tama because are you comparing their pro level, intermediate level or beginner level of drums? I assume that we are talking about each companies absolute top of the line. Then are we talking affordability? I think in reality what we are getting here is the best "bang" for the buck if you will.
  Next, we have to segregate new from old. There is always very high quality at a more reasonable price in buying used drums, Rogers is a prime example. When you can get a used set of high quality drums for hundreds of dollars less than a new set, the "bang" for the buck is definitely there.
  So now we have limited ourselves to top of the line, new drums, that are reasonably priced for their quality. Using these presets as qualifiers, I would have to go with either Pearl or Yamaha. These companies mass produce high level kits that can play on the finest stages of the world. They have good customer support, can extend into racks and other periphery equipment easily, yet do not have the DW sticker shock.
  Now remember, I'm just an old guy who hasn't played a new set in decades. I could be completely wrong in this.
22  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Musical Preferences. on: December 18, 2008, 09:07:46 PM
 I really enjoy classical music. I know it seems strange, but guys were writing pieces for whole orchestras 100's of years ago that really rocked! For some of them it was their life's work, and it made them feel closer to God. You can truly hear the composer's soul thrown open as you listen. I know, there aren't a lot of blast beats or hot rudiments or blazing double bass, but talk about writing something meaningful that stood the test of time..
23  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: What Should I Buy With $5000? on: December 18, 2008, 09:01:15 PM
I wonder what he ended up with Smiley
  Let the poor kid try to finish high school!  That fast food job didn't pan out exactly the way it was planning now, did it? lol
  No really, somebody should send him an email and ask how he like his new set...
24  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drummer's ear? on: December 17, 2008, 06:15:45 PM
 Thanks Ken, but I'm really not talking about the tone of the drums (which by the way, I agree wholeheartedly about having someone hit your drums so you can hear what they sound like from the audience perspective) but more your actual playing. I believe drummers can hear the silence between each 16th note they play for example, better than the audience, causing us to be extremely critical of each individual stroke, when in reality each beat is fine. I'm sure this is making no sense...
25  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Drummer's ear? on: December 17, 2008, 05:02:41 PM
  I have long held the beliief that as your drumming improves, so does your ability to "hear" what you are doing. This is sort of hard to explain..It's almost like we as drummers can hear the slightest off-sticking in a rolll we are doing, yet all the audience hears is "buzzzzz"  It is like when you practice a long roll. We as drummers listen carefully to smooth out any lumps and listen to the balance between the sticking. In reality we are listening for minute differences at the rate of a minimum of 20 -40 beats per second.
  I got to thinking of this as I try to smooth out some Moeller one-handed stuff I'm struggling to get, and realized I might be being overly picky, because I can hear the individual beats I am doing much easier than the average listener.
  Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone even know what I'm talking about?
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