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Episode 57: Building Dynamics, Shannon Forrest, and More

Episode 57: Building Dynamics, Shannon Forrest, and More | Modern Drummer Magazine In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the different definitions of dynamics as it relates to drumming, and then they talk about featured artist Shannon Forrest, who is current touring with pop/rock icons Toto. Up for review is the Bosphorus 20th Anniversary cymbal series. After answering a few listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. … Episode 57: Building Dynamics, Shannon Forrest, and More | Modern Drummer Magazine | Modern Drummer Magazine – The Online Presence of Modern Drummer Magazine. Source: http://www.moderndrummer.com

Try tuning or different heads?

Hey guys, more newbie questions: I’m not 100% happy with my drum sounds. I opted for 2-ply everywhere (except resos) and starting to second-guess myself. All I know about drums is mainly from playing guitar with drummers and hanging with drummer friends talking gear. I like the sounds of my jazzer friends much more than the rock guys. Here’s my issue: my kit seems to sound best when played loud. When I bought the thing, it had single ply batters on all but 1 tom. They rang like nobody’s business and I didn’t care for that sound. So I figured some judicious use of pre-dampened heads would help. Changing first my snare, I loved the HD Dry. Then got EC2’s for my toms. They do sound pretty good. Then got the EMAD2 and finding it tougher to dial in. Now I can’t pretend I have tried a lot of different tunings OR that I know what I’m doing… I just want to be able to get a more lively response using light touch. Trying to use the right adjectives, there seems to be more attack than I want to hear. It’s possible that 2-ply heads are not for me, or…

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Louis Molino III

I don’t know much at all about this guy but I do know he got the gig with the ARW tour that begins October 4th so he must be a terrific player………… http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=825602 Below is a recent photo of ARW…………quite a trio of talent and experience….. Source: http://www.drumchat.com

Cymbal cleaning issues

After every method of cleaning my cymbals, I always find that a sort of orange tint develops on them. I used bar keepers friend and you can really see where the cymbals were wiped. It looks like the cymbal was wet and dried with water spots. My cymbals are darker then they were before I cleaned them. Anyone Know why this might be happening? It’s not just stick marks or fingerprints. I would sprinkle the cleaner on with water and use a sponge to rub it in with the “grain” of the cymbal. Then rinse with warm water and dry. Source: http://www.drumchat.com

Sidekickdrums.com? Anyone ever heard of them?

Has anyone ever heard of or had experience with sidekickdrums.com? They offer keller maple shells and do a burnt orange color they call it and say it’s very close to my aged vintage maple Yamaha kick. I’m thinking about buying their 18″ kick in a 14″ depth. They said they can do the shell and the hoops in the burnt orange and would be a close match to my Yamaha. But I’ve never heard of them and it’s around $360 bucks so just curious to any ones input. Source: http://www.drumchat.com

On the Beat With Alex Alexander: Talks Rocktopia Show

On the Beat With Alex Alexander: Talks Rocktopia Show | Modern Drummer Magazine Hi everyone, it’s turning out to be a very busy year so far! Besides doing lots of session work and performances in NYC, I’m also taking some time out to tour internationally with Willie Nile, Kirsten Thien, and Eljuri. I also fill in for Steve Holley in Jeff Slate’s band when Steve is out on the road. On the Beat With Alex Alexander: Talks Rocktopia Show | Modern Drummer Magazine | Modern Drummer Magazine – The Online Presence of Modern Drummer Magazine. Source: http://www.moderndrummer.com

Pearl Hosts Nashville Drummer’s Group at Hard Rock for Gear Preview and Lunch

Pearl Hosts Nashville Drummer’s Group at Hard Rock for Gear Preview and Lunch | Modern Drummer Magazine Giving one hundred plus drummers a chance to test high-end drums, mingle with marquis artists, and enjoy great food in the heart of America’s most active live music scene, Pearl Corporation recently hosted members of the Nashville Drummer’s Facebook group at the Hard Rock Café’s Reverb Room in Nashville, TN. Pearl Hosts Nashville Drummer’s Group at Hard Rock for Gear Preview and Lunch | Modern Drummer Magazine | Modern Drummer Magazine – The Online Presence of Modern Drummer Magazine. Source: http://www.moderndrummer.com

Plateaus, frustrations & re-invention

I first held drumsticks almost 30 years ago. If you ask me, I’ll say that I’ve been drumming since I was a kid, but the truth of the matter is that it’s been an off & on journey with long gaps of dusty, untouched drums, the longest was about an 8-10 year hiatus. While I enjoy playing, I get frustrated because when I do get the chance to play, I don’t know what to do. I dink around the same old grooves and stumble in the same places. I think back to when I was younger and played original material creatively in a band, get annoyed at myself, and go watch tv or something. I started looking at instructional videos, and found one that really struck me. Chad Wackerman did a video describing his stick holding technique that he was taught by Murray Spivak. Could I have been holding my sticks WRONG for all these years? I got my practice pad, metronome and just did single strokes slowly for a while and was oddly relaxed, comfortable & inspired. It’s going to be interesting to start-over from scratch and see where I go with this. Source: http://www.drumchat.com

Win One Of 3 Great Prizes From Tama, Meinl and Modern Drummer!

Win One Of 3 Great Prizes From Tama, Meinl and Modern Drummer! | Modern Drummer Magazine TAMA, MEINL, & Modern Drummer are offering one lucky winner their choice of one of these new Retro finish Limited Edition Starclassic Performer B/B kits. Each is complete with hardware, hand-picked MEINL cymbals, and a one year subscription to Modern Drummer. Win One Of 3 Great Prizes From Tama, Meinl and Modern Drummer! | Modern Drummer Magazine | Modern Drummer Magazine – The Online Presence of Modern Drummer Magazine. Source: http://www.moderndrummer.com

Latest CL score; SPL Velocity Street Bop

So, tonight I picked up what I think is a great score on CL. I nabbed a Sound Percussion 4pc “velocity series” “street bop” kit. 18×16 bass, 10×7 mounted tom, 13×13 FT and a 13×5 wood snare. This kit is less than a year old and looks like brand new out of the box….except for the heads, which the gentleman replaced with brand new Pinstripes on the batters and Ambassadors on the resos. The only original head is the bass reso. But wait….there’s MORE! He also threw in a like new 16″ Wuhan China and a 12″ Wuhan splash. ALL for the low, low price of $100 :dancing:! Typical new price on these kits is $299. Add in the cymbals and new heads and I think it qualifies as a “steal”. The ironic part is I’ve been eyeballing these SLP kits for about 9 months….as well as a Wuhan China, LOL. The gentleman I got it from was extremely nice. We talked drums for about half an hour. He said he bought the kit last winter and used it as a practice kit until buying a new PDP Concept Maple kit a few weeks ago. I’ll post a review later,…

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