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General Board / Re: Tips on practicing?
« Last post by Bob Dias on May 18, 2018, 11:28 AM »
Practice...Hmmm. Something I rarely do anymore. Life is just in the way. Career, family, other interests. But I do play regularly in a classic rock cover band. While I may on rare occasion put on the headphones and just play, Usually, if I am in the chair, it means that I have a very specific part to learn. SO, I would say to pick your spots. Focus on a task. Focus on A sticking pattern, A groove, A signature fill or beat. And play it until your family thinks that it is the only thing you know. Since I have no regular practice sessions, my learning becomes very targeted. FWIW...Bob
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General Board / Re: How the music industry is changing
« Last post by Bob Dias on May 18, 2018, 11:20 AM »
Interesting question. For me…
…while buying music has never been easier, I have only ever in the last 5-10 years been back filling my collection with older music that is now in digital format. I have yet to actually purchase a CD from ANY modern artist. Which leads me to…
…Music has never been easier to make or distribute. That means that there is a lot of crap to wade through. Seems like the modern music industry is even more focused on immediate profitability like never before, with little to no artist development. This leads to music produced for the lowest common denominator listener. It’s hard to say if the music has become more cliquish or more homogenized.
…Live music? I have not gone to see a big, prime act in more than 30 years. I stick to small venues/clubs. Just cannot justify the cost of the tickets. As for local music, my band stopped playing bars several years ago and now we only play private, community and corporate events. We play a bar only on some random Saturday/Sunday afternoon from 3-6 so our friends can come out and have a nice time.
…or maybe I’m just getting old.
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General Board / How the music industry is changing
« Last post by Bart Elliott on May 18, 2018, 07:46 AM »
In your own personal experience (as a music consumer, performer, educator, composer, etc.), how have you seen or not seen the music industry change, for better or worse, over the last five, ten, twenty, etc., years?
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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Roy Burns dies at 82
« Last post by Brett Sheaffer on May 10, 2018, 11:40 AM »
He was a very personable and customer-focused man. Had quite a drumming career, as well.
Back when I started playing Aquarian heads, probably in the early 2000s (after reading about your positive experiences with them, Bart), I had a question about the heads and emailed Aquarian.  I remember getting a personal email from Mr. Burns himself, with an open invitation to contact him again if I had other questions or problems.
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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Roy Burns dies at 82
« Last post by Bart Elliott on May 10, 2018, 05:03 AM »


We are saddened to report the passing of our friend, Roy Burns, who died on May 2, 2018; he was 82. #RIP

Please visit our tribute to Roy, celebrate his life as well as his more than 20 year relationship with Drummer Cafe.

https://www.drummercafe.com/featured-musician/drummer-percussionist/roy-burns.html
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Technique(s) / Re: Moeller Technique
« Last post by Jon E on May 08, 2018, 09:05 AM »
While nothing can compare to working one-on-one with an actual teacher, you may be able to glean quite a lot from videos on line--especially as you are starting out using/developing the Moeller technique.

Sorry I can't suggest NYC teachers as I do not live in that area.

Best of luck.
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I am not going crazy-electro-matic with either of the rigs I am about to mention, but they have both worked well:

I have been using the Roland SPD-30 for years as an addition to my acoustic kit--both the unit itself as well as adding some additional pads.  I love it.

I have also used the KAT-KTMP1 for the same situations.  A decent semi-pro unit for a fraction of the price (and fewer inputs), but still with some decent features.
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Technique(s) / Moeller Technique
« Last post by Martin Kahl on May 07, 2018, 09:47 AM »
Hello to all

I am new (today) to the site and i have a question.

I live in NYC and i am interested in learning the MOELLER method

Does anyone know of a teacher of this method that they can refer me to ?

I have heard a few names tossed around but i would like to know of a teacher that can be recommended
as being noted for being one of the best for teaching this method

Anyone ? Ideas,recommendations for a fine teacher of this style ?

Thank You all...happy to be in the company of other musicians

Martin...Swings16...NYC
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Let us know what you end up going with... and what sealed the deal for you.
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Thanks Bart for the input! I'll dig a little more into the Roland units, I like the sensitivity aspect of the Yamaha for doing some hand percussion sounds, but quite unsure how often I would use it. Most of the time I'll have sticks in my hand. Still really interested into adding something as a hybrid setup, but also like the option of a mini kit for smaller rooms.
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