Recently seen a video interview with Steve Lukather where he was asked to show his contribution to Beat It by Michael Jackson.
He laughed and said he could, but it would cost them. Of course he was referring to the copyrighted song and the fact that it would require the producers to pay to use...
Played 2 gigs this weekend.
One on an outdoor patio, wood backdrop, wood floor, open air, crowd of about 75 people, drinking, enjoying themselves
The other, same scenario but inside the bar, all wood floors and walls.
Fridays patio bar gig went great. Played our 3 sets and the crowd was...
How often do you use 32nd notes in your drumming?
When my band plays this version of Johnny Cash’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, at the very end of the verse, on the 4, I go from 16ths to 32nds for a single count.
It’s the only time I use them that I recall.
How about you folks...
The last few gigs I have picked up a noticeable difference in my snare drums resonance dependent upon 2 things.
First variable my left leg, resting against the snare or not.
And the second is whether I snug the basket up (making positioning the stand easier later in the gig), or leaving it...
My grandfather now only exists in my memories. He passed when I was 7 and I have 2 photos, and one silent reel-to-reel of me sitting in his lap kissing his cheek.
My father was a working drummer for 10 years in the 60’s. He was incredibly passionate about it and still talks of those days like...
My old PC (5 years old) just isn’t cutting it anymore.
Bought it new at Best Buy and gave the salesperson the following description, which is still what I need in a PC:
I shoot/edit/save and upload lots of 4K video with audio. Lots of 2-hour videos, every weekend and want to be able to edit...
Friday night we played a professional shooting event (pistols) in very rural Ky. About 250 campers who come in for the weekend event. Pay is amazing and we split over $600 just in tips alone.
Here is a clip from late in the evening, we were all pretty drained and so there are a few warts here...
We shared yesterdays bill with another regional band and I am friends with their drummer.
He is a life-long Rich Redmond fan and has seen him numerous times in concert and clinics, one of which he arranged to buy Redmonds kit at the end of his then tour, which he did. My buddy has played that...
Walked into an 80’s theme arcade tonight after ice cream with the wife and granddaughters and there it was.
Played two games on it but then moved on because, a. I suck at pinball, and b. I kept losing the ball because I was so distracted trying to watch the videos and catch all the references...
Recently we played a gig where the back of the stage was at the entrance to the venue.
So patrons entered the place and walked beside the stage to get inside.
No big deal.
But that also meant patrons could stand beside the stage, not just in front.
Still no biggie.
But then here he comes.
The Brass snare thread quickly produced dream snare after dream snare.
Got me thinking..
What snare(s) do you own that aren’t collectible, valuable, prized, etc., yet still, there they are in your music space either with a beater kit or riding a shelf?
I have a couple.
Steel Slingerland that...
The recent interview with Bernard Purdie by Rick Beato got me thinking.
Purdie talked about staying out of the way and keeping it simple, two concepts I truly appreciate and attempt to emulate.
However I also find myself really enjoying songs, parts and drummers who are able to add complex or...
I can only imagine what it’s like to play at the level of fellow forum members like Bun, Trey, and Chris W.
But once in a blue moon I get a sliver of what it might be like.
Last night at our small gig in a small town at a small bar, a few actual fans of the band showed up to see us play.
Installing new heads on the toms today.
I take the opportunity to wipe down the hoops, inspect the interior and check all the lug screws.
I put an almost microscopic amount of bees wax on the bearing edge just to ensure a good slide of the head stretching over the edge.
(I know this is a...
Yesterday I was hired as drum tech (and to provide the backline kit) for the Make-A-Wish foundations music event.
Spent the day helping various bands drummers adapt my kit with their snare/cymbals and such.
What an eye-opening experience.
But the subject of this post comes from my experience...
This weekend I stopped in Guitar Center Nashville before our gig.
Side note, it was clean, stocked to the gills, busy, and well staffed. (Very different than my experiences in Lexington and Louisville Ky this year)
Anywho, I picked up this fantastic semi-soft snare case and love it! It’s very...
I was reminded this weekend just how different 2 drums of similar dimensions can be.
I’ve played around 20 gigs with the new Black Beauty and it’s wonderful.
But I still found myself reviewing gig playbacks and longing for a little more depth in the snare sound.
I have been rehearsing at home...