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    I finally understand Ringo!

    Oh man, don’t get me started! An example. I was with a well and fully-ensconced union band for awhile (our trumpeter was an officer in the local). So we used to get a lot of “green-sheet” gigs (subsidized public concerts with funds that come from the record business). One gig, I had to sub out...
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    Steve Jordan is the Man, especially when it comes to “getting it right.” I love what he did on “Hail Hail Rock & Roll” (Chuck Berry movie), and Martin Scorcese’s blues movie (“Lightning in a Bottle,” iirc?). GJ
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    I will have to look at the link later. But yeah, shuffles are DEEP. Much deeper than most give them credit for. The scope-of-tempo thing, where you can shift from triplet feel to an actual dotted quarter-16th feel, is where you can really hear the range of possibilities. And then of course the...
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    I agree. I guess I used “Half Shuffle” because I have heard older musicians use that phrase. Those from the generation where it was pretty commonplace (early New Orleans R&R, early Elvis, etc.). But technically, “semi swung” or “backbeat with swing” is probably more apt. GJ
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    Bringing the Doogie Howser, Ringo, and Beatles strands together... Training up the next generation: GJ
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    And they all look 12 to me. “You’re the doctor?!?” (sees Doogie Howser but doesn’t say it out loud)... GJ
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    At least in some musicians estimation, there is such a thing as a “half shuffle” (not “half time;” just “half”). I think this is the key to a lot of Ringo’s feels, whether you want to believe he was doing it consciously or not. IMHO, Ringo is great. In one way— the feel and playing-to-the-song...
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    I finally understand Ringo!

    Sina gets it! I never saw this one before: GJ
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    Seriously?

    Say, you don’t have any... oh... MICROPHONES laying around, do you? GJ
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    Seriously?

    You need that. No. You do! You neeeeeeeed that. GJ
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    Offbeat metronome problem

    The post, as I read it, was not only about Swung/triplet notes. Again, there is a reason pros double the click. But, to each his own. GJ
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    Offbeat metronome problem

    If I understand you correctly, Kcmcc, I’d do the exact opposite. I’d *double* the tempo of the metronome. Which is exactly what a wise live or studio drummer will want when working with a click. If you really want to get it down to open quarter notes to practice the spaces, at least start with...
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    Percussion Video...

    I made a video (sort of) about this very topic... “Weapons of the Rhythm Wars: What’s in a Percussionist’s Bag?” GJ
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    I have used a Pearl export as a main snare for backbeat gigs for years. O-ring/donut, LT Luglocks, tuned right— live and studio engineers love it! Just sayin. It’s about a lot of things, not just brand name and price point of kit... GJ
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    I DID switch to harmonica, smarty pants... GJ
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    >>>>If you can't sit down at just about any 4 piece kit (no matter how it's set up,) and play a good set of music, without mins of minor adjustments and tweaks, you shouldn't be there in the first place.<<<< I’m not sure I agree with all that, but I’ll tell you the opposite. There’s a regional...
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    When that happens, my buddy always says one of two things, either “________ is opening for us,” or “We closed for ________.” GJ
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    There’s a local guy here who is a passable drummer. But he owns several outstanding kits (top DW and Sonor stuff) and has made decent coin renting to festivals and multi-band shows. I did some work a few years ago with a production company that has a HUGE warehouse full of vintage quality stuff...
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    What's the worst backline kit you've ever played?

    The worst was the time I was doing a show up in Canada, and my drums were “installed” in the theater for the duration of the run. And then I got asked to do a choir gig at a church, but “Don’t worry, everything will be there; drums provided!” “Are you sure? Make sure they understand,” I say...
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    My at home recording mic set up. Suggestions welcomed.

    If you are just recording drums, for drums only, then a three or four mike simple set-up could be just the ticket. The control over each separate part of the kit, and the multiple positions come in when other instruments are added to the mix. You need separate volume control over kick and snare...
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