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 on: August 05, 2015, 10:57:00 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage

Drum Solo Artist has just put up another of my drum solos.  I appreciate it.  It's titled "The New One".  It is an audio, and I can't put up the video of it because it's over the mb limit.

[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]



 on: January 10, 2015, 12:19:24 PM 
Started by Goat-man - Last post by KenSanders
I play open handed on some tunes and traditional cross hand on others.  My open hand playing seems to have a more loose feel, whereas my traditional cross hand style is more precise and tight feeling.

My set-up is based on the usual right hand drummer approach with the ride cymbal on the right side and hi hats on the left side.

I say that there are no empirical rules......just set up in the most comfortable way you can.

 on: January 10, 2015, 12:11:29 PM 
Started by serban2212 - Last post by KenSanders
I don't own or play either model.  They are both very heavy weight cymbal designed for very precise stick definition.

 on: December 14, 2014, 12:20:16 AM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by ching
My grand daughter has two sets.One is an old Apollo 5 piece from the 60's the other dates back almost as far it's a Pearl wood fiberglass from the late 60's.She loves the Pearl set.

 on: December 14, 2014, 12:00:28 AM 
Started by Goat-man - Last post by ching
I am not a drummer and at 70 years old I think it's a little to late to learn.My brother has played the A band circuit in Canada for about 40 years.He has been working with my grand daughter who is 15 and been  playing for about a year now.She is right handed and he has begun to teach her to play left as well.She work on rudiments three nights a week for an hour at a time and the off nights she plays to recordings and just has fun.
What he has told me is if she works with her left hand until it is as fast as the average drummers then goes to an open style her speed on her kit will increase dramaticaly.Does this sound right to you?He is a left hander that plays right.

 on: September 07, 2014, 05:36:40 PM 
Started by serban2212 - Last post by serban2212

Between the Paiste Signature Blue Bell Ride 22", and the Reflector Bell Ride 22" (the one developed with Nicko McBrain), which is more versatile and more suitable for playing rudiments and rolls? Also, which has more stick definition to it? An opinion from someone who owns/owned one of them or both would be awesome.


 on: August 01, 2014, 11:43:13 PM 
Started by Ian_Borg - Last post by Carthage

A long time ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth I got accepted to Berklee School of Music.  That tells you how long ago it was since it is now called Berklee College of Music.  Back then they only taught jazz, and you had to audition to prove your level of playing (which you don't have to do now plus they teach anything now).

But, I didn't have to audition because I was playing professionally "on the road", and they seemed to think I had
to be able to play at an acceptable level to do that.

As it happens, one night I crashed into a tree (head on) in my black 1958 Ford Galaxy (a great car with a hood ornament of Hercules holding up the world),  It took them several hours to cut me out of the car.  I spent 12 hours on the operating table with three surgeons operating on me.  End result:  A broken ankle, nose, jaw (on both sides), bruises and lacerations all over my body (I looked black and blue everywhere), and a severly damaged right knee.  They saved my knee, but I lost a lot a cartilage.  I'm ok now.  I was able to put time in the army, so they did an outstanding job on me.

Back to Berklee.  Unfortunatly the car incident happened the summer before I was to attend Berklee, so when I went there I had to attend the entire first semester with a cast on my right leg from my toes to the top of my thigh and
of course walk around on crutches the whole time.  You could say I was a little disappointed that I couldn't play very well, but I didn't quit.  I did the best I could. 

The next semester the cast came off, and I started playing 7 nights a week at the Blue Mirror in Charlestown with
Little Joe Cook (he had a hit song calle "Peanuts").  We played 5 sets a night (Sundays - 6 sets).  My leg got back into shape pretty quick.  My morning class was always interesting.  The good ole days.

 on: June 23, 2014, 05:21:14 PM 
Started by henrylr - Last post by KenSanders
There is already some good advice written above.

My suggestion is to establish your "core" drum and cymbal positions.  I wrote a blog for begginers on that subject.


Neil Peart has a huge drum kit, and he mentioned the concept of establishing your "main working area" first.
That will be where you spend most of your performance time and it, therefore, needs to be the most comfortable FOR YOU.

After that, you can find places to position other components.  You should be able to reach them when you need to play them, but they shouold not interfer with the comfort level of your "main working area".

 on: June 23, 2014, 05:11:54 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
I believe planning for the obvious "outside venue" situations makes them much less of a hassle.....so you can devote your attention to the performance instead of moquitoes or thirst.   Cool

 on: June 23, 2014, 05:07:46 PM 
Started by Ian_Borg - Last post by KenSanders
Wow, you guys really got hit with some bad luck.  I am glad you recovered.

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