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Why do I struggle with this

17 September 2017 - 06:56 PM

Im not the best drummer around but I do pretty good. So why cant I play this simple beat? I cant even play it super slow. I mean, I can play it for a few measures at best but then my foot gets confused and either misses a beat or plays an extra one. Is this a difficult beat to play?

Anyone else playing Free Bird? I bet not

08 September 2017 - 06:15 AM

We have this group of friends that really follows and supports our band. About a year ago they started shouting out for Free Bird at our gigs so we decided to give it a try and surprise them at our next gig. Im sure a lot of you will say no we dont play it because its been overdone and I agree with that, but, we thought it was the right thing to do for our small group of fans. Its not a very hard song to play but last night our bass player was super pissed because he accused me of speeding up as the song goes on. He was right, I did play in a range of 145- 156 BPM. This was the first time we had played the song since last January so we were not fresh with it at all. I have been working with my metronome and using LIve BPM to control my tempo for the last few weeks. I wrote down the BPM's for each song we practice and must say I nailed most of them, I was very happy. But when the jam part of Free Bird came up, I just jammed with the guys and did not pay attention to the BPM on my phone. This morning I played the studio version to Live bpm to discover that Artimus Pyle played in a range of 146-154. Now I dont feel so bad. I think our bass player is too old, cant keep up, lol. So, is this a good way to measure my performance?


Jeff C

If I cant fix this I might have to give up.

28 August 2017 - 12:43 PM

Ok drum instructors, Im sure you have heard this before. Im having trouble playing the bass drum, I am right handed so I play it with my right foot. Some days I play just fine but about half the time I cant get the foot/leg to play a note when I need it, my leg kind of quivers like the muscles are having a spasm. I can play quarter notes all day pretty well but any more than that I have problems, sometimes, sometimes not. I play with my heel up. I have tried different heights on my throne, does not seem to help. Am I just too old? Just turned 55. I need a solid workout exercise that I can commit to like 15-20 minutes a day, any suggestions? I like to practice one hour a day but most of that is learning new songs and keeping the current ones fresh. Its very frustrating when you cant play pretty basic stuff consistently.


Thanks for reading!


Jeff C

Advice on set-up for benefit

02 August 2017 - 09:19 AM

Hi guys,



My benefit, Music 4 Mutts is coming up soon (Aug 26). In another thread I asked about how much time we would need between bands and we came up with 30 minutes. So I have three bands playing with 30 minutes between. There is a professional sound guy with all his equipment to help make things easy. I am  asking advice on how to make this work smoothly. We will have access to  the back of the stage for vehicles, they can pull right up behind it. I am asking the bands to have their amps on stage before the music starts so when the band before them is finished, all they need is their guitars/cords and pedals. That should allow them to quickly move the amps into place, then they have a few minutes to plug in and tune up. Im sure the sound guy will want to do a sound check on each amp but that shouldn't take too long, I hope. The drums will be a kit that I bring and all drummers will use them. The drummers will need to change out pedal, snare and cymbals ( if they want) and make adjustments to the drums but the mics should be pretty well adjusted, I think.

This is my first time hosting and coordinating a benefit like this and it seems to be getting a lot of attention  (TV coverage) so I really want to keep on schedule. So, any advice would be welcome, thanks for reading!


Thank you,

Jeff C

Shure DMK57-52 kit, deal or not

12 May 2017 - 11:05 AM

I can buy this set of mics for 90.00. Have not been used in five years, is that a problem? What is a good way  to test these when looking, small guitar amp? Are these good ones?


Its like this one, pretty sure anyway.