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  • #38113
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    When I improvise, I sing a melody in my head, transfer that to the drums and then work off the melodic theme and variations of that theme. To get a feel for it, I started with a simple melody like 3 blind mice or row row row your boat….something super familiar. Using different voices and varying subdivisions, I can usually come up with something I like. It is very freeing. I like the structure you put in your approach!

    #38112
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    Walt, if the speed is the issue, consider using longer notes….by that I mean if the tempo is 170, then 16th notes are 4x as fast, but whole notes are 4x slower. Consider playing something on the 1 or the 1 and 3 of every bar instead of each beat or even subdivisions of beats. If they guitarists have been killing it with tons of notes breaking that up with a more spacious solo could give the listeners ears a break and might juxtapose against the song nicely. Using longer notes and subdividing the phrase or the bar instead of the beat is a trick I often use when the song is faster than I can comfortably play.

    #38111
    Marcus
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    Jeff! Welcome to the shed. We are all about structure around here. Be sure to check out the “How to Practice” videos in the Warrior Way. The Art of Practice is definitely worth exploring as well. Stephen offers that course every now and then so be on the look out for it. The lessons and the course will help you a bunch. Let us know how we can help you along the way and be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061

    #38024
    Marcus
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    Hey Scott!  Welcome to the shed. You will definitely find structure here. A couple of suggestions…if you are new to drums, detfinitley checkmout the warrior way. Otherwise, with through the ADD worksheet and really figure out where to focus your efforts. Be sure to join the Facebook Student Page as well. Finally, let us know how we can help you along the way. Everyone here is super cool and helpful.

    #38021
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    According to Gibraltar the following will work for the down tubes in your toms

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    SC-GRSSMC

    SC-GCRMC

    SC-GCSMC

    I hope this helps.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by Marcus.
    #38020
    Marcus
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    Hey Allen. Welcome to the Shed!  There are tons of resources here as you would expect. However, if you do the ADD worksheet it will really help you narrow your focus and really maximize your efforts. Also, be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. Let us know how we can help!

    #38013
    Marcus
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    Hi Ben. Welcome to the Shed. This is a great place to learn and everyone is super helpful around here. We are glad to have you as part of the group. Let us know how we can help. Be sure to check out the Facebook student page as well  https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&_rdr#!/groups/255724254542061?ref=bookmarks

    #38001
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    I had an Export kit back in the 1990s. It had a 6.5” deep steel snare. I used a Remo coated cs reverse dot head. It gave a great sound in the center. To keep the honkiness and twang in check, I put a remo zero ring on it (they call them REMOS now). I tuned the drum a little low, but not so low that it sounded flappy or had bad stick response. I wanted that big snare sound. It recorded well and worked well live. Anyway, if this sounds similar to your drum, maybe try that combo of head and ring control and see if you like it. By the way, that drum sounded horrible with other heads etc.

    #37990
    Marcus
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    Hey Katharina! Welcome to shed. You have chosen a great place to learn. Stephen is a great teacher and he has provided tons of resources here. All the folks here are super as well. Be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. It can be found here…https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/. It’s a great place to interact with the others etc. Anyway, glad to have you in here. Please let us know how we can assist you along the way.

    #37988
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    John, Yamaha’s stuff look like it may be proprietary. I sent Gibraltar and email asking them if they made and rack mounts that will work on a 7/8″ diameter down tube. I will let you know if/when I hear something back from them.

    #37987
    Marcus
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    Leslie,  can you share with us some more info about your drum?  What is it made out of (maple, steel, brass, birch, some kind of wood, some kind of metal)?  What make and model of heads are on it (Remo Coated Ambassador, Evans G1 Clear etc.)?  What size is the drum 14″, 10″?  Are you tuning it high or low?  What type of rims do you have on it (die cast, triple flanged)?  Are you using any dampening on it (internal muffler, drum dot, moon gel) and if so, where is it placed?  Has this drum ever sounded good to you in the past?  All drums have a sound and that sound works better in some contexts than others.  For example,  listen to the snare drum on the Red Hot Chili Peppers Soul to Squeeze here. That snare works great for that song. It would sound bad in another song and probably is hard on the ears if you are in the same room with it. Also, sometimes I compare my snare drum in the room to the sound of a drum on record. That’s dangerous. Recorded drums have all kinds of studio magic going on to make them sound they way they do. Hopefully, with a little information we can guide you to making that drum sound acceptable to you, but be open to idea that maybe this particular drum just isn’t one you care for. Regardless, this is a great learning opportunity on many fronts. Let’s dig in a little and see what we can discover.

    #37949
    Marcus
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    Hey Dylan!  Welcome to the shed.  Do you have any idea what kit you are hoping to get?

    #37948
    Marcus
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    What’s up Sangam?  Glad to have you here. Looks like you have a great practice space going.  Thanks for jumping in and connecting with us.  Be sure to check out our Facebook student page as well . https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/

     

     

    #37918
    Marcus
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    Walt, Stephen posted some stuff about creativity recently that I thought was really profound.  Sometimes, we get so caught up in our drumming that we think sitting behind the kit working harder at being creative will cause us to be more creative.  Sometimes the opposite is true.  We have to get away from the kit and maybe away from music to find new creativity. So if you are grinding away in the practice room to be more creative, consider what you do with your time away from the kit and away music  so that it can inspire what you do when you are at the kit.

    #37917
    Marcus
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    Edwin,  Welcome!  We are stoked to have you here.  I really encourage you to start with the Warrior Way as you get started in the shed.  It will really point you in the right direction.  We are here to help.  Don’t hesitate to give us a shout.  Also, if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to check out our student Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/.

     

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    When I improvise, I sing a melody in my head, transfer that to the drums and then work off the melodic theme and variations of that theme. To get a feel for it, I started with a simple melody like 3 blind mice or row row row your boat….something super familiar. Using different voices and varying subdivisions, I can usually come up with something I like. It is very freeing. I like the structure you put in your approach!

    #38112

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    Walt, if the speed is the issue, consider using longer notes….by that I mean if the tempo is 170, then 16th notes are 4x as fast, but whole notes are 4x slower. Consider playing something on the 1 or the 1 and 3 of every bar instead of each beat or even subdivisions of beats. If they guitarists have been killing it with tons of notes breaking that up with a more spacious solo could give the listeners ears a break and might juxtapose against the song nicely. Using longer notes and subdividing the phrase or the bar instead of the beat is a trick I often use when the song is faster than I can comfortably play.

    #38111

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    Jeff! Welcome to the shed. We are all about structure around here. Be sure to check out the “How to Practice” videos in the Warrior Way. The Art of Practice is definitely worth exploring as well. Stephen offers that course every now and then so be on the look out for it. The lessons and the course will help you a bunch. Let us know how we can help you along the way and be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061

    #38024

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    Hey Scott!  Welcome to the shed. You will definitely find structure here. A couple of suggestions…if you are new to drums, detfinitley checkmout the warrior way. Otherwise, with through the ADD worksheet and really figure out where to focus your efforts. Be sure to join the Facebook Student Page as well. Finally, let us know how we can help you along the way. Everyone here is super cool and helpful.

    #38021

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    According to Gibraltar the following will work for the down tubes in your toms

    SC-GRSMC

    SC-GRSSMC

    SC-GCRMC

    SC-GCSMC

    I hope this helps.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by Marcus.
    #38020

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    Hey Allen. Welcome to the Shed!  There are tons of resources here as you would expect. However, if you do the ADD worksheet it will really help you narrow your focus and really maximize your efforts. Also, be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. Let us know how we can help!

    #38013

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    Hi Ben. Welcome to the Shed. This is a great place to learn and everyone is super helpful around here. We are glad to have you as part of the group. Let us know how we can help. Be sure to check out the Facebook student page as well  https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&_rdr#!/groups/255724254542061?ref=bookmarks

    #38001

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    I had an Export kit back in the 1990s. It had a 6.5” deep steel snare. I used a Remo coated cs reverse dot head. It gave a great sound in the center. To keep the honkiness and twang in check, I put a remo zero ring on it (they call them REMOS now). I tuned the drum a little low, but not so low that it sounded flappy or had bad stick response. I wanted that big snare sound. It recorded well and worked well live. Anyway, if this sounds similar to your drum, maybe try that combo of head and ring control and see if you like it. By the way, that drum sounded horrible with other heads etc.

    #37990

    Marcus
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    Hey Katharina! Welcome to shed. You have chosen a great place to learn. Stephen is a great teacher and he has provided tons of resources here. All the folks here are super as well. Be sure to check out the student Facebook page as well. It can be found here…https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/. It’s a great place to interact with the others etc. Anyway, glad to have you in here. Please let us know how we can assist you along the way.

    #37988

    Marcus
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    John, Yamaha’s stuff look like it may be proprietary. I sent Gibraltar and email asking them if they made and rack mounts that will work on a 7/8″ diameter down tube. I will let you know if/when I hear something back from them.

    #37987

    Marcus
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    Leslie,  can you share with us some more info about your drum?  What is it made out of (maple, steel, brass, birch, some kind of wood, some kind of metal)?  What make and model of heads are on it (Remo Coated Ambassador, Evans G1 Clear etc.)?  What size is the drum 14″, 10″?  Are you tuning it high or low?  What type of rims do you have on it (die cast, triple flanged)?  Are you using any dampening on it (internal muffler, drum dot, moon gel) and if so, where is it placed?  Has this drum ever sounded good to you in the past?  All drums have a sound and that sound works better in some contexts than others.  For example,  listen to the snare drum on the Red Hot Chili Peppers Soul to Squeeze here. That snare works great for that song. It would sound bad in another song and probably is hard on the ears if you are in the same room with it. Also, sometimes I compare my snare drum in the room to the sound of a drum on record. That’s dangerous. Recorded drums have all kinds of studio magic going on to make them sound they way they do. Hopefully, with a little information we can guide you to making that drum sound acceptable to you, but be open to idea that maybe this particular drum just isn’t one you care for. Regardless, this is a great learning opportunity on many fronts. Let’s dig in a little and see what we can discover.

    #37949

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    Hey Dylan!  Welcome to the shed.  Do you have any idea what kit you are hoping to get?

    #37948

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    What’s up Sangam?  Glad to have you here. Looks like you have a great practice space going.  Thanks for jumping in and connecting with us.  Be sure to check out our Facebook student page as well . https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/

     

     

    #37918

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    Walt, Stephen posted some stuff about creativity recently that I thought was really profound.  Sometimes, we get so caught up in our drumming that we think sitting behind the kit working harder at being creative will cause us to be more creative.  Sometimes the opposite is true.  We have to get away from the kit and maybe away from music to find new creativity. So if you are grinding away in the practice room to be more creative, consider what you do with your time away from the kit and away music  so that it can inspire what you do when you are at the kit.

    #37917

    Marcus
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    Edwin,  Welcome!  We are stoked to have you here.  I really encourage you to start with the Warrior Way as you get started in the shed.  It will really point you in the right direction.  We are here to help.  Don’t hesitate to give us a shout.  Also, if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to check out our student Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/255724254542061/.

     

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