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 on: December 18, 2017, 06:01:55 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
Hi out there in drum land!

My newest drum solo was just posted here at DSA.  I thank Pasha end everyone else here.

This solo is a straight ahead double bass (twin pedals) rock solo where I more or less just let loose at a good speed to still keep some feeling (when you play too fast it is impressive, but you lose the feeling.  It's tricky trying to play fast but not to fast.  The sound is a little muddled due to the fact that it's an auditorium and a little  Sony recorder, but I try to do what I can.
You can listen to it at DSA or watch it at Youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mla4neWziY0

 on: August 31, 2017, 08:08:30 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
I have a new drum solo.  This one is in 5/4.  I call it "Far Less Drums".  Anyone who knows much about Joe Morello can get it.

For anyone interested in watching it, you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DHMp58xpDM

 on: August 09, 2016, 01:16:22 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by Ian_Borg
Hi Ken
I have a gig in a couple of days that is outside under a sort of tent like structure. Do you ever tune or damp differently for an outside or semi-outside tent gig like this? Especially bass drum and toms.  Just curious...

 on: August 09, 2016, 01:13:03 PM 
Started by Ian_Borg - Last post by Ian_Borg
Hi Guys

I have a gig coming up in a few days and my 33 year old Tamas are needing a polishing. They are nothing fancy, just black acrylic wrap. Does anyone have a favourite polishing product that will bring up the shine without a huge amount of work and will not leave surface scratches? Ideally it will also clean up the chrome lugs.

I was going to try a simple furniture polish like lemon pledge, but I'd like to hear what you guys have used, if anything.

 on: August 04, 2016, 09:47:36 AM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
                                   Hi, This is my new solo called "The Message".

 Although this is an improvised solo, I did have some idea of the direction I wanted to go (which sometimes works out and sometimes doesn't). 

I wanted to start out doing some African (my interpretation) drumming and then after playing a while slip into 5/4 while retaining the African feel.  Then return to the straight ahead African drumming and finally jump into my Buddy Rich stuff (no smirking).

The African drumming was inspiered by Art Blakey and the 5/4 by Joe Morello and of course the Buddy Rich stuff by Buddy.

I know I don't play anthing close to those great drummers, but I try to emulate them because I love their drumming.  I love other drummers to, but this is just the stuff I felt like playing this time.

What I played is completely ad-libbed, and I could never play this solo again because when I play I never know what I'm going to play next.  I just do it.  Also, I can't remember much of what I played either. But, I could play another solo similar to it.

I was inspired to play African music ever since I heard the Album "Ritual" by Art Blakey.  As far as I know, that is the first album to introduce African music and jazz together.

Art blakey went to live in Africa in 1947.  He lived there two years in Nigerea with people called the Eja.  The drums are the most important instrument there.  Whatever happens good each day, they play about it at night.  So they speak with drums giving only good messages to the people of what happened that day.  So I called my solo "The Message".

Art Blakey produced several albums with African drumming.

1. Ritual - 1957
2. Drum Suite - 1957
3. Orgy In Rhythm Vols 1 & 2 - 1957
4. Holiday For Skins Vols 1 & 2 - 1958

He also mad many other albums that incorporated African drumming but weren't primarily African in nature.
For Example:  3 version of Night in Tunisia, Drums Around the World, etc.

I also listen to African drumming of various sorts to learn more African drum playing.

As for the 5/4, Joe Morello inspired me to want to play solos in 5/4 ever since I first heard "Far More Drums" on the "Time Further Out" album.  That one solo, as short as it is, has been an inspiration and sitll is.

And finally, Buddy.  What can I say.  No matter what I do, I'll never play like him.  There are people nowdays that can play fast, but they don't play anything.  It's just noise.  Buddy played music.

Buddy had a vocabulary and intonation that nobody can ever touch.  They can copy his licks, but they can never pley and make those drums sing like he could.

So, here is the solo, and I just hope you enjoy it.  That's why I play.  For enjoyment.  (I'm long past the days of playing for the purpose of picking up babes)

[OK!  Suddenly the Youtube videos wouldn't play anymore, so I deleted them.  This solo is in the audio drum solos if you want to listen to it.  If you want to watch it in the mean time (before I can get the Youtbue back) you go to this Youtube site and watch it directly]


I put the Youtube video here instead of putting my video in the video section for drum solos because it has too many mbs (over 500).

 on: July 31, 2016, 05:58:03 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
Thank you!  I just did another one that I'm putting up.  I hopd you like it .  It's different.  I just improvise these things.

This one I had decided to start out with some African stuff that I got from Art Blakey and just went with whatever happened.  Later I slipped in to a 5/4 African thing (Joe Morello inspired) and then back to the African stuff (sort of a return) and finally into my poor Buddy Rich inspired stuff. 

Off course I know I can't play anything as well as those great drummers, but I have fun messing with it.

 on: July 01, 2016, 09:08:49 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Reno
the more I listen to this the more I love it. You have serious skills.

 on: March 22, 2016, 09:32:10 AM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
Hi,  Thanks.  I was just having fun but still being serious to make sure it came out ok.  I'm glad you liked it.

 on: March 10, 2016, 09:09:44 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Reno
I enjoyed that, thanks for sharing. I would have bought you a beer had I been in the audience.

There are some really cool segments in here, you could use this as the basis for a really sick rehearsed "signature" solo.

You were obviously having fun, and at the end of the day that's the most important part of drumming. Nothing gets creativity flowing like playing for the fun of it, and sometimes the best chops are discovered by letting the drums play you.

Keep playing it, and keep enjoying it!

 on: February 15, 2016, 04:09:33 AM 
Started by Smelly_granny - Last post by DannyMeazell
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