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  1. NickSchles

    Just bought a Tune-Bot Studio! Do you have one? What's your experience with it?

    So, I've just bought a Tune-Bot Studio, and I'm very excited about it. I decided to go for it for several reasons. Amongst these are helping me keep consistent tunings, experiment with suggested tunings but, most importantly, to help me improve my tuning skills by training my ears...
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    DO YOU PLAY OTHER INSTRUMENTS?!

    So, here's the score... My main instrument is the drums, but my first instrument was actually the guitar... I love playing it, but I don't do it often enough. This is mostly because, for my own personal compositions, I find the process daunting and, because I'm perfectionist, the whole thing...
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    WHAT'S THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT?!

    OK, so I got inspired and wrote a little blog post about Christmas gift ideas for drummers... You know, the holiday season is around the corner, and well, I want people to know what to get me, lol. To be fair though, the kinds of gift ideas I thought about were more on the reasonable budget end...
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    Damn you, imposter syndrome!

    Do you get imposter syndrome? I do. It happens from time to time, but when it does come, it's a crappy state of mind to be in, and it can last from a few hours to a whole day, or sometimes a week. I wrote a little blog post about it because I wanted to share my experience with it, and...
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    VINTECH AUDIO "DUAL 72" PREAMPS

    I'll be most likely purchasing these pres today. I wondered what your experience with these are! I've done some tests on the BD, SD and OH and I dig how they sound. As far as I understand, they're Neve 1272 clones slightly modified as preamps rather than line amps. Do you have any? If so, what...
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    Simple songs that are more interesting upon analysing them?

    So, a bit of context… I recently posted a cover of Dam That River which I did with my band, The Mercy House. I was originally planning on playing it note-for-note, but then decided to just jam it and have fun with it. I thought it’d be more satisfying that way (it was), plus it wouldn’t require...
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    DOES THIS SOUND ABOUT RIGHT TO YOU?

    So! I've been learning Tower of Power's "Squib Cakes" note for note the last few weeks using David Garibaldi's Off The Record book. I'm currently half way through the 7min+ beast. Now, before tackling the next half, I'm going through certain sections / fills / grooves and refining them by ear...
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    WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM TO RECORD IN?

    So, the other day I recorded a few drum loops in a big, lively untreated room (see one such groove below)! It made me think about my favourite studios to have recorded / worked in, and how I miss 'em. In particular, Abbey Road... The vibe and the people who work there, both engineers and...
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    WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TRIPLET LICKS?

    When thinking about classic Rock drummers of the 70s, I tend of think of John Bonham, Neil Peart and Keith Moon. I love all of them yet, invariably, my favourite is Neil Peart, R.I.P. That said, I’ve always loved John Bonham’s massive sound, and his creative use of triplets, be it his shuffles...
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    WHAT DRUMMERS DO YOU HEAR IN YOUR PLAYING?

    So, the last few months I’ve been neck-deep in learning Tower Of Power songs and David Garibaldi’s grooves. Between lessons, I got noodling and came up with this groove: Now, we all know and love half-time shuffles, yet it dawned on me that Garibaldi has started to show in my playing, and I...
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    WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM SOUL VACCINATION

    OK, so I'm pretty chuffed with myself because I've done a drum cover of Soul Vaccination by Tower Of Power. I've been studying David Garibaldi's playing for a few months now, and I find it's doing my playing a lot of good. All the way from time and feel, to technique and coordination, and...
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    THE CONNECTION BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND RHYTHM

    Don't know about you, but I've always found the connection between language and rhythm fascinating. Words have their own inherent rhythms (i.e. syllables) that we can use to string together rhythmic passages / phrases. Without wanting to go into detail, there are some fantastic articles and...
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    Six Stroke Roll Creative Applications! :)

    Every so often I get the opportunity to write for a website or magazine. The latest was an article I wrote for Drumhead Authority where I break down a creative funk groove I came up with based on a Six Stroke Roll. In it, I go through the concepts I apply to the rudiment to in order to get to...
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    Did you learn to play drums by ear?

    I actually started my drumming journey on my own, without any guidance. I started playing along to songs on my own... I learned by listening to music, and watching people play on TV or live, and just experimenting. Lessons and structured learning, oddly enough, came much later. That said, my...
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    THOUGHTS ON SELF-LEARNING DRUMS

    So, I’m a drum teacher, and have been teaching for many years. Similarly, I believe in the value of education, and take lessons regularly, and do self study. That said some people choose to go full solo in their learning... Are you one of those people? If so, I wrote a blog you might be...
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    INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE DRUMMING CULTURE: LOVE IT? HATE IT? WHY?

    Right, so I'm a bit conflicted on this... On the one hand, it's big platforms like this which can help spread the good word about drumming. These platforms also provide for great educational resources, etc. However, thanks to these platforms, I think playing drums can become a popularity...
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