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    Check out the cymbal sounds on this new album

    https://rodrigoamado.bandcamp.com/album/love-ghosts
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    Live streaming today: Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

    Reminder: ● Live coverage across Paramount+ (domestically), Pluto TV (domestically & internationally) and MTV Brand YouTube Channels (globally) beginning Saturday, September 3rd.
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    Is it harmful or helpful to study "jazz theory" if you want to play jazz?

    As an example, I've quoted the blurb from the Berklee Press book entitled "Modern Jazz Theory and Practice: the post-bop era." Did Coltrane, Shorter, Hancock and other such jazz luminaries consciously think in terms of the principles of non-functional pattern development and the rest of the...
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    Help identify Roy Brooks ride please

    Love the sound of the ride in this sound file, "The Man Who Never Sleeps". Any guesses as to the model please? https://charlesmingusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-album-from-ronnie-scotts
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    "Micro patterns": what are they?

    I've heard that playing "micro patterns" on the drum set is one of the innovations of 21st century drumming. Are they patterns based on small increments of time .. I really don't know. Can anyone offer any examples please?
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    How to use a cymbal THIS dry?

    I love the sound of the driest cymbal featured in the following comparison but in what other musical contexts might it be used, (apart from unaccompanied drum kit)?
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    Brush sweep on snare drums - high pitched ring(s)

    Trying to dial in a good live mix for my brushes. Discovered my favourite snare drum (copper with Evans Onyx head) when swept with wire brush produces a high pitched ring un-miced. Am finding this, when close miced, difficult to EQ out of a live mix using a Soundcraft ui24r using the graphic eq...
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    Hammer toe on single pedal foot

    Anyone ever had hammer toe and care to share your experiences? Just noticed this condition on 2nd toe of right foot. Appointment to see doctor 3 weeks from now and wondering if I should lay of using it on BD pedal for now. (No gigs I must do in the meantime, but one I would like to do).
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    Looking for ultra dry bright ride ..

    Missed seeing the following one for sale - just the sort of sound I want: bright and very dry yet has a lovely pronounced glow in the decay. Any suggestions please for other models to check?
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    How to study Ben Riley?

    I am only a relative beginner drummer at the level of playing in an amateur pop rock/blues covers band, but am aiming to eventually get good enough to be a fill in drummer for local jazz players. Have just commenced studying Ben Riley but finding it difficult to find any analyses of his...
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    The Case of The Disappearing Cymbal Hum

    An annoying hum often happens when playing a new cymbal. Then, sometimes even after only an hour or so of playing, it disappears completely. How? Is it an unconscious finesse of playing technique resulting in a real disappearance? Is the player's brain filtering out perception of the hum, but...
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    Drum set up for melodic play.

    Some teachers say it's very useful to be able to play melodically, and even to play commonly known melodies on drum set. I've never worked on this. To be able to learn this skill, how critical is it to keep the same positional set up for my toms? (The reason I ask is that I'm usually changing...
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    Less stiff, more flowing drum set playing.

    Any ideas to help get a more flowing feel? For example a drummer suggested imagining my body is dancing in flowing motions as I play. Another idea, of mine, is to listen to recordings of Steve Gadd playing and try to analyse how he gets things to flow so beautifully, and try to copy some of...
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    What model might this cymbal be?

    Played excitingly by Rune Carlsson. Would love to own a cymbal sounding like this: Anyone able and willing to venture an educated guess for me please? Or suggest what models might offer the possibility of achieving a similar flavour?
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    Online whiteboard for bands

    Our band needs an online interactive whiteboard to brainstorm, plan, write and post or link to notated music and chord charts etc.. Most importantly we need to record band decisions (both musical and admin/housekeeping). None of us have any experience in this area. Can anyone recommend...
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    Drumming in your sleep

    My wife complained I was playing a drum pattern on my chest with both hands while sleeping last night. Anyone else had similar problems? (Have decided to stop tapping on my person when away from my drum set, to try to stop sleep drumming from turning into a habit. Don’t fancy taking a cattle...
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    19" Agop SE Jazz paired with 19" Turk ?

    EDIT: Am no longer interested in the SE Jazz to pair with my Agop Turk. Sorry for wasting anyone's time.
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    What do you play along to?

    Would love to know what particular recordings drummers get inspired to improvise to when you're alone with your drum set. What gets you excited?
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    Use snare as a tom? - help

    My 14” FT has way too much ring and I need ideas please. Kit is a Gretch Catalina Club Jazz with an added PDP 10” tom and DXP 16” tom. All toms are fitted with Evans Calftone batters, with the 16 also being an Emad. All toms apart from the 14 sound good at the tunings I like: warm with minimal...
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    Reggae and Boss Nova combined beats

    Our soft pop covers band is wanting to add a bossa nova beat to this slow "reggae" we've decided to add to our song list: My first idea is, for me the drum set player, to add the straight bossa nova "clave" on a pedal cowbell. Any other suggestions?
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