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JoePasko2002

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In Topic: Light Rock Acoustic Gig: Cajon or Djembe?

17 January 2017 - 12:30 PM

Music starts with musicians.


In Topic: Light Rock Acoustic Gig: Cajon or Djembe?

17 January 2017 - 05:37 AM

Aaaggh !    Still this persistent concept that all music starts with electric guitar & full drum set.  And that anything different is only achieved by unplugging, deconstructing, replacing or substituting.  


In Topic: Not enough from brushes.

16 January 2017 - 11:30 AM

If you check out the linked-to thread, you'll see that I have an alternative solution to buying new brushes.  It's all about energy dissipation. The flex of the brush means that some energy remains stored in the brush upon contact, rather than being transfered to the surface its hitting.  A pen grip results in less flex and greater energy transfer.

 

Different types of brushes will help with respect to your cymbals, but may not sound that great on your snare.  Solve one problem, create another.  Try the pen grip thing, it might work for you.

 

How do you feel about a mix & match approach ?  I mostly use Vater Wire-taps.  But we have tunes where I will use the wire brush in my left hand, and a nylon Poly-Flex in the right, if I need to pull a little more presence out of the ride cymbal for a particular number.


In Topic: Light Rock Acoustic Gig: Cajon or Djembe?

16 January 2017 - 11:00 AM

To answer original question:  both.   

 

The issue of space was not in the hypothesis.  So bring a snare & brushes, too.  

 

Play whichever suits each song best, in a way that works well with your group's instrumentation.  


In Topic: Light Rock Acoustic Gig: Cajon or Djembe?

16 January 2017 - 09:11 AM

Why must it be "substitute cajon for drum kit" or "replace drum kit with djembe" or "remove components from kit" ?

 

Why not look at it as starting with a blank slate ?  Building from the ground up, until you have a drum/percussion set up that best suits your ensemble and the music you will be playing; and provides you with the versatility and variety of sounds to effectively contribute to each number in you repertoire.   

 

That is the approach I have taken in our group.  We still do a lot a pure bluegrass (which traditionally does not use any drums), where I might just stick to spoons, bones or washboard.  But we have expanded way beyond that, into what I guess you'd call acoustic rock w/ bluegrass instrumentation. 

This has led me to bring some drums & cymbals into the act, as well as my 'slapdrum', sort of a strap-on cajon.   It's fun and challenging, and so far everyone tells me I am doing a good job.   

 

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