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Missive: Preparation and Opportunity

Missive: Preparation and Opportunity

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As Steve Jordan described so well in his Vic Firth interview, we should be ready for the moment when preparation meets opportunity. The immediate question that came to my mind the first time I watched this is “how do I know what to prepare for?” Short answer, you don’t. Situations…

Producers We Like: Steve Albini & Scott Solter

Producers We Like: Steve Albini & Scott Solter

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Of late, I’ve been delving into the recording side of the drums more so. Obviously the playing part of recording has been happening, but I wanted to know about the mics and sonic options and things of that sort. With those things on my mind, I’ve found myself reading a…

The Band Rules

The Band Rules

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I was spouting off on facebook earlier today and stumbled into writing down some core beliefs.  I’ve been asked to put there here for posterity!  These are some of the core ideas from a book I’ve been working on called “A Great Way to Make a Lousy Living.”  I need…

Ask The Drummer: How do I fix my tempo issues?

Ask The Drummer: How do I fix my tempo issues?

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Our friend Garth writes in: Dear Ask the Drummer- I have become a terrible drummer somehow. Maybe “terrible” is a bit harsh but along the way (and I’ve been drumming off-and-on for at least 20 years now) I’ve regressed into some bad habits – mostly that my tempo is unsteady.…

Ask the Drum Guy: Putting together a Frankenkit in….. Italy!

Ask the Drum Guy: Putting together a Frankenkit in….. Italy!

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Our good friend Andy lives in Italy and is trying to put together a great sounding drum kit without breaking the bank.  Vintage USA made kits go for crazy money in Italia, so we’re trying to help him pull something together without breaking the bank. 1) What’s the general deal…

How to Tour in a Band

How to Tour in a Band

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This is just a straight reblog from here, because I can’t really think of anything to add to it at all: How to Tour in a Band or Whatever by Thor Harris 1-Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck…

Best Practices for Players: What happens if your gear and passport are stolen?

Best Practices for Players: What happens if your gear and passport are stolen?

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Crackheads and methheads and other scumbags have discovered that vans with trailers behind them at hotels often have lots of lovely guitars and drums in them. You can get, like, $150 worth of meth for a pristine Les Paul. (WHAT A BARGAIN!) Google “band van stolen” or “band trailer stolen”…

Trenching, pt. 2

Trenching, pt. 2

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I just drove 13 hours from Indiana to home base and I’m burnt and dried out like a soda cracker, but I listened to a lot of music today and wanted to add my own selection to the list of “trenching” grooves: That’s the great Al Jackson, Jr slipping away…

I have a lot of opinions: Drum Heads

I have a lot of opinions: Drum Heads

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I have some very strong opinions. They’re not as strong as they were when I was younger, but I can still get pretty amped up about a few topics. One is drum heads. I really like Remo heads and they’re pretty much all I use except when I have vintage…

Building a Great Sounding Kit on a Budget

Building a Great Sounding Kit on a Budget

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Who has the money for a set of pristine vintage drums? Who has the cash for a set of new DWs? I had to lie in the weeds and wait for my Vistalites ($1000). I got my Radio Kings for $200. I got my vintage Gretsch kit for free off…