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General Board / Brand new AXIS E3 bass drum trigger review!!!!
« Last post by Scott Patterson on February 14, 2018, 05:56 PM »
I got my hands on the new Axis E3 Bass drum triggers. Tested them out with some singles and heel toe. These things are impressive. No false triggers or misses after setting up.

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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Last post by JeepnDrummer on February 13, 2018, 09:08 PM »
The hiatus? I had to let me beard grow out.  ;)

Actually I just needed a break from the "keeping my calendar full" ... which sometimes means playing music I don't care for or working with people that I have no meaningful connection with. I wanted to get back into the art of making music rather than the sole focus being about making a living, which is important obviously, but I just needed a break and wanted to focus on family more.

I'm in a place in my life now that I get to be picky... and say "no".  ;D

Yes, I am playing more again as well as booking a couple of my own bands, which I love.

Good to hear.  I'm on a hiatus from gigging.  It didn't start by choice, but now that I'm here it's a welcomed change.  I need to recharge and refocus.  I decided to take lessons to develop better hands and independence.  Reflection on the past several years of constant gigging has brought me to the decision of being more picky about who I play with and the type of music I play.  I don't rely on the income, which makes the decision easier.  I know eventually I will be itching to play out. 
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DIY / Building & Repair / Re: North Drums - Refinishing Project
« Last post by John Sonefeld on February 12, 2018, 02:17 PM »
Thank you Bart, and for the welcome!
John
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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 08, 2018, 09:25 PM »
I don't know how I missed this topic.  Nice playing, Bart.  Loved the shaker and surprised how well it came through in the mix.  If it's not too personal, why the hiatus?  Are you playing more now?

The hiatus? I had to let me beard grow out.  ;)

Actually I just needed a break from the "keeping my calendar full" ... which sometimes means playing music I don't care for or working with people that I have no meaningful connection with. I wanted to get back into the art of making music rather than the sole focus being about making a living, which is important obviously, but I just needed a break and wanted to focus on family more.

I'm in a place in my life now that I get to be picky... and say "no".  ;D

Yes, I am playing more again as well as booking a couple of my own bands, which I love.
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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Last post by JeepnDrummer on February 07, 2018, 12:10 AM »
I don't know how I missed this topic.  Nice playing, Bart.  Loved the shaker and surprised how well it came through in the mix.  If it's not too personal, why the hiatus?  Are you playing more now?
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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Ndugu Chancler Dead at 65
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 05, 2018, 08:52 AM »


I am saddened to report that iconic session drummer, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, died on Saturday, February 3rd; he was 65. Cause of death is unknown at this time.

Ndugu was probably best known for his three drum tracks on Michael Jackson's THRILLER album.

https://www.drummercafe.com/featured-musician/drummer-percussionist/ndugu-chancler.html
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DIY / Building & Repair / Re: North Drums - Refinishing Project
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 05, 2018, 08:43 AM »
John, I have very little experience with this type of refinishing project, but I know there are those out there who have done a lot of this type of thing; we just have to connect you with them.

Whatever you end up doing, go slow and take your time.  :)
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Technique(s) / Blastbeats from 180 - 260 BPM
« Last post by Scott Patterson on February 04, 2018, 05:21 PM »
Here is how blast beats look from 180BPM to 260BPM,. or 257 if you want to get technical. (I messed up the metronome)

I made this in response to the people fighting in the Facebook drum forums about blasting at 300 BPM. 260 is even insane, 300 is possible by a few guys which I do see, but when referring to speed it's 16th notes, and both hands if you ask me. I think my personal limit is 230/240 to keep it clean and play for a long period. Making this video I also realized 180 and 190 were difficult speeds to blast at as I never play in that range.I play mostly between 210 and 240 so 250-260 is really pushing it for me and kind of sloppy.

The bass drum is triggered as I am using heel toe and the toms have a terrible EQ on them as this was just a quick example.

The key is staying relaxed to play fast and for a long time. I am not relaxed at all above 240 so I can only do it for a short period of time.

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DIY / Building & Repair / North Drums - Refinishing Project
« Last post by John Sonefeld on February 03, 2018, 09:11 AM »
Hello drummer friends,
I am preparing for a refinish project on my North Drums kit.

Having restored, repaired, etc. many a wood and acrylic set, I have never messed with fiberglass.  I guess I have consciously avoiding this, due to being terrible at bondo type car work, decades ago.

In the past, folks have recommended asking local boat shops, or small reputable body shops to do it.  I tried this, and have either been quickly told no, or quoted exorbitant prices.

I have mapped out a plan of turning it in to a "jellybean" color scheme, with black interiors.  The previous owner had already started applying some filler, and I am primarily looking at a sand and paint job.

Any advice of any kind in regard to this will be immensely appreciated!  I am curious about the ins-and-outs; beginning-to-final grit size, best sanding tips for getting to the in and out curves, proper priming, and good protective protection coat product, etc.

Thank you in advance for anything you can offer!
John
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Percussion Parlor / Re: ALL Percussion Videos >> Post them here!
« Last post by Dr. Tom on February 01, 2018, 09:43 PM »
What are your waiting for? Post your percussion videos here too!

OK boss, here you go.



I put that drum together from a few boards I was sent.  It took two North American bison hides and a lot of work.  I'd just finished tuning it when Jim showed up and tried it out.

Sorry about the annoying background noise.  There's nothing wrong with the file, my gopro just can't handle that kind of percussion!
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