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    Tom Verlaine, RIP

    With Fripp, huh? Who knew! Maybe not so surprising because Fripp actually has done a lot of collaborations and Verlaine and Lloyd were great so one could see his interest in them. Fripp did a different kind of dueling guitar thing with Andy Summers on those couple of albums. I had the I Advanced...
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    Tom Verlaine, RIP

    I never thought about a Television/King Crimson connection, though I can see what you’re talking about. I think of a lot of the basis for the 80s Crimson sound being that of Indonesian Gamelon music, which has the same kind of interlocking melody/arpeggio/scale type things going on. Don’t even...
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    Tom Verlaine, RIP

    With Richard Hell... really, wow! it doesn't seem like he did all that much music of note afterward and retired all together from music pretty early on, but the Blank Generation album is a big favorite of mine. That's one of those albums like Marquee Moon that came out of the NYC scene in the...
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    Tom Verlaine, RIP

    Very sad... Much too young even though was a bit older than I thought. He was in his late 20s it seems when the first Television album came out. That album, Marquee Moon is one of my all time favorites though I dig the rest of the bands stuff as well and Verlaine's solo albums, though that music...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    First of all, I don't want to seem like some kind of elitist about playing covers as I realize that there are tons of players much better than me who only play covers and who make good money by doing so… and anyone who’s able to make good money playing music gets some respect from me. That being...
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    For those that gig small bass drums (14"-16" dia.), do you bring a drum rug?

    I would use a rug... One thing that's worked for me is getting a really small throw rug to use as a drum rug... something that's just the next size up from a bathroom type rug. Only the pedal and some (most) of the bass drum will fit on such a thing, but it's enough to keep that stuff from...
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    15-inch floor tom?

    I have a vintage Slingerland bop kit that of course has a 14" floor tome. Just about every other kit though that I've owned has had a 20" kick drum (my preference) and has come with a 16" floor tom. I like that bigger floor tom (along with a 12" rack) with the bigger kick and the bigger kind of...
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    Talk me into an effects snare... maybe a Pearl Effects M1060 6"x10"?

    So my band was working on this tune (an original song) that may or may not even be in the set list. It has a section that requires the snare be turned on and then off again and there isn’t really enough time to do it (probably because I’m just not that good!). It occurred to me that if I had a...
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    The 5 stroke roll.

    No doubt that it's good to work on that stuff too. A lot f of us though, myself included, aren't really all that sharp with this stuff so exercises that work out the very basics of the timing and precision for differnt rudiments are a great first step...
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    The 5 stroke roll.

    Though I've been playing for a very long time and certainly know some rudiments, I've never really studied and continually realize gaps in my knowledge. One of those realizations was recently when I was scrolling around YouTube and came upon yet another drum excersize thing dealing with the 5...
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    “If you think you can use them, just take them.”

    Score! I have a '66 Slingerland red satin flame wrap bop kit and then another '70 blue agate kit with a 20" bass drum. The 20" bass drums are my favorite and they seem to be a bit rarer than 22" ones. I really like both the sound and the look of these kits...
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    Tama Starclassic Maple Snare - 14”x5.5” vs 14x6.5”

    I've only had more standard depth snares and at one time I might have believed that deeper ones have less good response. I've noticed though that lots of folks are using deeper snares and the response on those seems plenty snappy... and I really like the overall tone that they're getting. I'd...
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    Inferior Ideas In Comparison

    I agree! I think that one can play others' music and still excersize some creativity, which to me is a big part of what makes it fun! Granted, some kinds of music don't make sense to improvise on or even to play without closely following all of the original parts. Those songs then tend to be...
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    Inferior Ideas In Comparison

    Sure, I get that some folks make poor decisions when covering tunes and probably when coming up with drum parts for originals as well... just like the examples that you've given. Still, I think that if you're a good drummer with a basic understanding of how to serve the music then you don't...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    Yeah, I remember that band, if only for that one single that went something like "...I've got the ITCH all over!" Based on that, they seemed a bit too hair metal for my taste, but I do remember that that this song was really popular and there there was some hype about the group. Thier star may...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    Nice! I've been in a few situations where I've super reluctantly lent another band on the bill my drums. I never got paid for it though and felt like I should have. Since bands that I've played in have almost always been original type things and playing at tiny clubs for the love of it, the pay...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    Just curious, but what band? I grew up in that part of the world, though I've lived on the other coast since the late 80s. My guess is that if you've lived in that area at that time then you're probably familar with the work of Crack the Sky, if not a fan. I was just listening to some of their...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    Yeah, I woudn't be happy about that. The band works so hard to get tight and nail of the changes only to have someone who isn't familiar with the music improvise on top of it? I actually like playing with a percussionist, but particaurly for complext type music I would expect that this person...
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    Perils of gigging for weekend warriors list

    I had kind of forgotten about that but I've had that happen too and it was of course on a gig. One more resaon, besides how light they are, that I like my new Yamaha cymbal stands... Those things are just plain aluminum and have no chrome.
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    All That Glitters is Not Gold

    I never owned a really monster kit, though when I was a teenager and starting out with drums, I really wanted such a thing. I'm not quite a full-on minimalist these days, but I'm a dedicated 4 pc kit player (2 of my 3 kits have an extra rack tom that I don't use) and typically use one or two...
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