Smiling while performing

AtlantaDrumGuy

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I think you look great I'd stay watch the band...btw who's drums are those?
The Guitar player guy eh..he's gotta go.. ; )

Man that Silver Glass is outta sight !!)
The pics are a few years old now, but they’re all my drums. I have some other cool stuff too. :) The gig with the silver vintage Gretsch was a jazz quartet that I was in for a long time. The other gig was a blues/rock type of trio group...played covers at a couple of restaurants....That was off and on for a few years. That was my Trans badge Ludwig kit on that night. Still have all of it.

Here’s another one, more recent at a church. The kit here in this pic is a low end Sonor...their house kit. My cymbals and snare, as always. Lol.

Almost forgot, the snare with the Gretsch is an ancient Ludwig NOB 6.5x15 with 10 lugs.
 

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TheBeachBoy

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I don't really smile too often when playing. If we're joking around and stuff, then between songs I might, but when I'm in the middle of playing I don't typically concentrate on what my face is doing.

I had a lesson with Hamilton once. He got after me about closing my eyes. Said that you need to be able to see what you’re doing.
I tend to close my eyes when I'm singing and sometimes when just drumming if it's a song I'm really digging. My setup has been the same for about 15 years, now with the addition of a second crash for the last 2 or 3, so I know exactly where everything is without looking. Granted, it's a 4-piece with hats, two crashes, and a ride, so it would be more difficult if it was a bigger set.
 

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I've been told to smile more and I have been lately. However I am often very focused on playing.
Bad habit or not, I've closed my eyes numerous times and found it quite enlightening. For one, I know where everything on my kit. Secondly I tend to focus on the music a bit more intensely. It's not something I do often and it's with players I've played with for a long time. But it doesn't hurt to venture out of your comfort zone.
 

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I love good music and have he luxury of not "needing" to play drums for a living. This means I can be selective about who I play with and in turn really enjoy the music I am hearing. So yes I tend to smile more often than not especially when one of my band mates is pulling off something great. It makes me smile and laugh.
 


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