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Technique(s) / Alan Dawson Rudimental Ritual
« Last post by Brandon Goodwin on December 30, 2014, 01:15 AM »
Just wanted to say how much I love the Alan Dawson Rudimental Ritual. It is one of the most perfectly put together exercises out there. It works the hands, the feet, coordination, poly-rhythmic groupings and more.

   What do you guys think about this rudimentary workout? What tempos can you play it at? At one point I could play it at 144bpm, but I've since slowed it down to work on precision instead. I play it between 80-120bpm right now, and work on different variations with it.
   I've also worked it out with the a Baio (sp) bass drum ostinato, and the classic 4-on-the-floor with great results.

   I've also recently bought the Wilcoxon 150 snare drum solos book, which seems to fit the rudimental ritual like a glove.
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I play a LOT of low volume situations.  I used the Erskine's mentioned before, as well as a variety of maple sticks.  Now, however, I rarely step up to sticks unless I need to (rather than the other way around).  Here's what I've found:

I play best, groove best, jell best, whatever you want to call it, when I'm matching the volume to effort levels of the other musicians.  If we hit the climax of a song live and the guitarist is leaning on his vocals and his axe full force, I don't want to just be stepping my effort up from "dainty" to "less dainty".  I would rather be slapping the crap out of my brushes at that point than restricting myself from getting caught up in the music.

Don't get me wrong, if you're doing this occasionally, get yourself a pair of light sticks, mute your drums a bit, and pull it off.  You'll still sound great, and it may likely be a better immediate fit for you if you're used to playing with sticks.

But if this is a longer term position, as it has been with me, start getting used to the tools of that trade.  Cymbal selection is also going to be huge, as you'll need to find best how to fit in the mix volume and EQ wise.  Over the years I've found that I need to have a set of 100% raw cymbals (right now playing K custom raw hats and ride) as well as some higher pitched, washy-er cymbals (right now, k mastersound hats, constantinople light high ride). 

Anyhow, hope some of this brain dump helps! 

Cheers,

John
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General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by John Pinck on December 29, 2014, 11:24 AM »
G'day,

My name's John, and I'm drumming just outside of Ottawa Canada in Aylmer Quebec.  I've got about 20 years experience behind kit, mostly playing in volume sensitive situations (small churches and coffee bars).  I've probably clocked more time with brushes or lightning rods in my hands than actual sticks.  I usually find myself in the folk/jazz/blues genre, but occasionally get a call to fill in rock/blues gigs.

Here's a rough sample of the types of things I'm doing these days.  And by rough, I mean it was recording on an iPhone by a passer-by while we were having an outdoor jam.  You drum geeks will probably get a kick out of the fact that I'm playing a K Constantinople attached to a Samsonite suitcase using a vice-grip wrench ;)



Cheers,

John
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Technique(s) / Re: Right and left hand
« Last post by Tim van de Ven on December 25, 2014, 05:30 PM »
I play with my left hand on the hi hats (on a right-handed set-up) and I have my ride over the hats, where most drummers have a crash.

It most definitely helps to learn to play both traditional (one hand crossed over the other to reach the hats) and this left hand lead or open style.
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General Board / Re: Drummer Cafe Celebrating 18-Year Anniversary
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 25, 2014, 04:02 PM »
I came here soon after Bart started this site. I wish all my DC friends a very Merry Christmas.  :)

Yeah, you've been here since 2004 ... that's ten years on the forum ... I started the website in 1996. Thanks, Chip.
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General Board / Re: Drummer Cafe Celebrating 18-Year Anniversary
« Last post by Chip Donaho on December 25, 2014, 02:08 PM »
I came here soon after Bart started this site. I wish all my DC friends a very Merry Christmas.  :)
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Bart Elliott - Q & A / Re: Thank-you!
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 24, 2014, 09:34 AM »
Cool. Keep me posted.
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Bart Elliott - Q & A / Re: Thank-you!
« Last post by Tim van de Ven on December 23, 2014, 01:45 AM »
Thank-you, sir! I may have more news, soon ;)
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General Board / Drummer Cafe Celebrating 18-Year Anniversary
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 21, 2014, 02:49 PM »

Well, as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun.

Today, December 21, 2014, marks the eighteenth year of Drummer Cafe.

Thank you all for being a part of the Drummer Cafe community!

Peace,
Bart Elliott
www.DrummerCafe.com

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General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by Tim van de Ven on December 21, 2014, 12:59 AM »
Hi there,

   My name is Brandon and I live in Montreal,  Canada. I see a few Montreal-ites here, which is pretty cool. I am the drummer & bandleader for a 7-piece Hard Bop group called B's Bees. We've played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and currently have a residency at a local jazz club where we play 2-3 times per month.

 Check us out here:
www.bs-bees.com

   We'll be releasing our first album this coming March.


Brandon is a killer player; check him out.

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