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  1. DWFunk

    When Are You Too Old to Attend Drum Clinics?

    First off, let me clarify this: I'm a senior. A little history: Pro back in the 60's - 70's, hung it up for a while, now it's an occasional gig, church gig, etc. That being said, I'm still as passionate as ever about drumming. Being self-employed, semi-retired, I've got lots of time on my...
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    Diggin' on Little Feat

    I recently ran across Little Feat's "Join The Band" album which was probably Richie Hayward's last recording before succumbing to the illness that eventually took his life. Man, that cat could really groove. I always loved the way he had that slinky Nawlins/Zigaboo feel to his playing. Truly...
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    Clapton wanted to join "The Band"

    Ran across this interesting bit of trivia last night. According to his introduction of the The Band at their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after hearing them, he re-evaluated what he was doing with Cream and decided he wanted to change directions in his music. Even went to see...
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    Broke My BD Foot Last Friday Night

    Well, guys and gals, I finally did it. After never breaking a bone in my body for my entire life, I managed to fracture the cuboid bone in my right foot. It was a dumb fluke. I was doing the "can't get my friggin' jeans off" dance while getting ready for bed and landed awkwardly on my right...
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    Saw James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt last night

    I'm not a huge James Taylor fan, but I went to this concert because it was billed as James Taylor and his All Star Band. I was hoping to see Steve Gadd, but when the crew rolled out the DW's I knew wouldn't be him. Turns out the drummer was Chad Wackerman, who is a fantastic drummer. I met...
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    Need Advice for Apartment/Condo practicing

    Without getting into a lot of personal stuff, my life will taking a drastic change that involves leaving a large home with a separate room for my drums to either an apartment or condo. If I go to a condo, I might be able to get one with a garage that I probably could rig up for practicing and...
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    Looking for that perfect 2nd set - Suggestions?

    I'm basically a DW guy & I own a '05 Collectors set that I've invested a lot of time in getting that perfect sound and head combination but I'm still interested in acquiring something different for a changeup. Here's some ideas I'm considering: INDe - Saw them a PASIC and really enjoyed...
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    Observations from PASIC 2018

    (Warning: lengthy post!) This was my first time at PASIC so I thought I'd share some thoughts and observations: Exhibits: Tons of gear, got to check out some companies I was curious about: Dream cymbals, custom drum builders: RBH, Inde, Doc Sweeney. Great to get all "nerdy" with folks...
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    Contemporary Christian Music Drumming..What the Heck is Up?

    I know some of you play in church bands so I'd like your take on this. About 6-7 mos. ago an ex-bandmate asked me to join his church band. I've always wanted to try this, having witnessed some impressive music performed at my own church by a really good orchestra and choir. A new musical...
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    Embellishing fills with doubles

    Hey Guys, Just wondering how some of you approach this. For example, if you want to play a 16th note fill, do you prefer a quick double or a 5 stroke leading in to the fill? I really like how some drummers can pull this off with the double/5 stroke being barely discernible. A good example is...
  11. DWFunk

    Four Hands Drumming - Carter McLean

    I know this has been kicked around quite a bit on this forum, but I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has actually subscribed to the Four Hands courses. Looks very intriguing and I really dig Carter's playing and approach. Thanks
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    Saw Mike Clark in NYC last week

    Hey guys, I was in NYC for a business conference last week so I decided to check out the music scene. Discovered Mike Clark was playing a small jazz club venue within walking distance of my hotel. When I walked in, he was setting up (Gretsch house kit) and I went over and introduced myself...
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    Setting Priorities & Goals: Groove vs Chops

    Been thinking a lot about this lately. A little background on myself: I was a pro back in the 70's in Nashville and eventually hung it up after family and career issues took priority. Now I'm back in the game and have been passionate about improving my playing. I'm a real dvd and drum book...
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    Crossing the 8th note to 16th note hi-hat threshold

    Guys, I just started working with a band that plays a lot of contemporary jazz/funk/r&b that features a lot of slow to medium tempos where the feel of 8th note hi-hat doesn't work. Lots of Harvey Mason type grooves. I'm trying to get that fast 16th note hi-hat feel down and it's extremely...
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    DW - Better to Custom Order or Buy Off Floor

    Decided to go for it this and get a new DW kit. Currently researching and scouring the 'net looking for the perfect set at decent price. I would prefer to support my local store, but unfortunately, they have very few kits on the sales floor. My current kit I bought off the floor at a GC in...
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    Challenges of playing with busy bass player

    I just recently joined a new band that plays a lot of R&B/Jazz/Fusion/Funk after playing covers for years. The bass player plays in the style of Victor Wooten/Marcus Miller with a lot of notes going and very little space. For years I played with a bass player who was just the opposite, was not...
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    Hooking up laptop for practice session

    Hey guys, I'm trying to hook up my laptop to an amp so that I can practice to click tracks, etc. without using headphones. I've researched, but I'm a confused as how to approach this. Do you have to go through an amp first that powers a speaker, such as a keyboard or bass amp? In most drum...
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    DW Factory Tour - Apr. 8th

    Hey Guys, New to the forum and first post. I'll be going out to California next week and have set up a DW factory tour for Friday Apr. 8th. Their normal tour day is Thurs., but they were booked and have set this up to accomodate me. Anyone else in the area want to join me? I get the...
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