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  1. Michael Beechey

    Tony Williams 4 on the floor hi hat

    does anyone know the back story on how he developed that incredible left foot?....i assume it was a break away from the past of doing the same on bass drum...but it must have either taken a while to develop gradually, ...or did he just break into 300 bpm one day? I remember being a few feet away...
  2. Michael Beechey

    Liability insurance required for wedding gig?

    that sounds like a bebop story....someone threw a cymbal at someone....cant remember who....sigh..another senior's moment....
  3. Michael Beechey

    Teaching subdivisions

    ok to click
  4. Michael Beechey

    How to behave like a pro ?

    mannnny moons ago i went to a Grady Tate clinic in nyc...and his main pt was having good hygiene and pro conduct ..etc...he was meticulous...suit and tie old school..as was Ed Thigpen and of course the gentleman of gentlemen Louis Bellson, who was also kind and humble..."Always be humble and kind"
  5. Michael Beechey

    I Hate Virgin Bass Drums and the Resulting Need for Stand Mounted Toms

    fyi...on the reality of bass drum tuning keith and stanford somewhere i saw a clip on A/B with tom/without tom mount, and the difference was notable....in a pristine situation...i.e. acoustic recording...totally wasted when padding/micing for live etc. take it or leave it, but the same is...
  6. Michael Beechey

    Teaching subdivisions

    love it love it love it https://www.facebook.com/lesalondelamusique/posts/pfbid02tDtgz6WgCfp3P1q9GYP4qSgTqBedtq2MqMWeuSiVzhGgwk1sMSr93nRQkrM5CC6el
  7. Michael Beechey

    Official Gretsch Drums Thread

    Is it too late to join the ruckus on the “great gretsch sound” from offshore drums. ? I love Gretsch and have renown and cat jazz. But it’s all nostalgia driven. Nights with Elvin and Tony is not = to anything offshore. Great pricing and quality though…just sayin…. wish I wasn’t 74 and...
  8. Michael Beechey

    Official Gretsch Drums Thread

    Anyone gone full earthtone/calf tone etc on Renown or Cat jazz?
  9. Michael Beechey

    Official Gretsch Drums Thread

    Just don’t go black dots. I always thought that was the bridge better not crossed.. RIP Dearest Tony
  10. Michael Beechey

    What Elvin Jones CAN (could) do!!

    THANK YOU!! i had the honor to sit a few feet from Elvin, and Tony, and Gary Burton at the jazz club in boston cerca 1971., nursing a coke and paying no cover. Elvin was a freight train, Tony was a magical octopus, Burton was the hippy guy with the psychelic painted vibe tubes and fringed...
  11. Michael Beechey

    broken drum

    say hello to my cute litle new little new and brokenfriend...ceramic, and a casulty of an overhead compartment by the importer. Some pieces missing and main body is cracked. Suggestions for filing the holes etc.? thanks in advance!
  12. Michael Beechey

    Show us your fav kit/sound

    this is buttttttttttterrrrrrr! Mike Johnston on gretsch bop kit
  13. Michael Beechey

    Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins kick drum

    i have heard horrible/cheap kits sound quite decent with new and good heads...IMHO
  14. Michael Beechey

    Have you compared Calftone/Earthtone/Fiberskyn "vintage" heads?

    Am curious as to your thoughts? Did you do batter+reso heads?.....did you test with batter only? Conclusions (worth the cost?) I have only tried Fiberskyn Dip on snare....very nice, but gentle/soft sound for brushes. About half the volume of a reg brush head......not so fond of stick sound...
  15. Michael Beechey

    Self defeating/sabotaging behavior?

    what a GENTLEMAN he traded 4s with students, and was very kind to them...one thing was a bit odd. he was one of the early users of 2 bass drums...but he didn't want to show himself breaking down a singles roll on bass....he preferred to get one going, and kind of slip the other foot.....i was...
  16. Michael Beechey

    Self defeating/sabotaging behavior?

    pm pls
  17. Michael Beechey

    Self defeating/sabotaging behavior?

    the very first drumset clinic i went to,,,... fresh out of drumcorps...was Louis Bellson....a complete elegant and gentle gentleman.... single stroke roll like a hummingbird. ...gorgeous....completely different animal than his big bully friend...it was put on by a local teacher who was...
  18. Michael Beechey

    Self defeating/sabotaging behavior?

    i tried to love the gap click...but after 5 yrs with it i still SUCK!
  19. Michael Beechey

    Self defeating/sabotaging behavior?

    to be at all minimally authentic in all percussion is ....difficult....Pete Locket does it, but he's 1/1,000,000..(for those unaware he has a killer app called DrumJam) saw him in an intimate clinic...mind blowing....Indian music is a lifetime study for most..including those who play it or...