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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Lower volume, normal drum heads???
« Last post by Hy Head on June 25, 2017, 08:06 PM »
Hey drummers! Would you like to play drums at a fraction of the volume to avoid bothering your family or neighbours, but don't want to sacrifice tone, feel or durability like mesh heads and electronic kits can or invest hundreds of dollars in the process? If you're like many drummers who want to protect their hearing, play more often, more easily and for longer periods of time, check out . Sign up to our mailing list and we'll keep you posted!
General Board / Re: Sound Proof Wall Partition
« Last post by Bart Elliott on June 12, 2017, 07:59 AM »
Are you wanting the partition to be movable or permanent? I personally have large office dividers that are mounted on wheels so they are portable. I use these to shape the room and/or create a sound barrier for recording.

If you are looking to have something permanent, you need something that has mass. Air is a great insulator, so having a thick wall with a large air pocket works great. For most people having a wall this thick, like 2 feet, is a bit much, so you need to have material that will absorb the sound.

We've had a lot of discussions in the past on building home studios and practices rooms here on the forum. I would recommend that you do a little searching to see what you come up with ... then let's have a follow up discussion!
General Board / Sound Proof Wall Partition
« Last post by BruceJeremy on June 12, 2017, 02:21 AM »
I want to build a studio in my basement and i want sound proof wall partition system their, can anybody recommend me something?

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Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Let's See or Hear You Play!
« Last post by Frankie Azzariti on May 29, 2017, 06:54 AM »
This is an old one... Well maybe a month old XD

Anyway, I was practising the "Groove Essentials" method one day, and Tommy Igoe put some great backing tracks in there. Very groovy and tasteful. So what da hell was I thinking on not playing with them before???

Here's Groove#67, from Tommy Igoe's "Groove Essentials 2.0". Highly recommended ;)

Enjoy!!! And please, comment and give me feedback.

Previously, a lot of you made me notice the sound and the kick volume in the recordings. I think it's getting better. Let me know ;)

General Board / New Social Media site dedicated to local musicians
« Last post by bradycaudle on May 09, 2017, 12:47 PM »
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General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by Bart Elliott on April 24, 2017, 04:36 AM »
Hello, my name is Luke and I've been playing for a little over 25 years. I play a lot of contemporary gospel and blues. I have a six piece Mapex with Sabian cymbals. I hope to fellowship with other drummers, and continue to learn about the craft as I continue to play.

Welcome Luke!
General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by Luke Matheson on April 21, 2017, 11:49 PM »
Hello, my name is Luke and I've been playing for a little over 25 years. I play a lot of contemporary gospel and blues. I have a six piece Mapex with Sabian cymbals. I hope to fellowship with other drummers, and continue to learn about the craft as I continue to play.
Percussion Parlor / Re: How playable is this on timpanis?
« Last post by Bart Elliott on April 12, 2017, 08:02 AM »
Wow  :o

What you have notated is almost near impossible to play, however there are two factors that could make it playable: if the tempo of the piece were slow enough or if the timpanist had the appropriate number and sizes of timpani available to allow for fixed tuning.

Keep in mind the performer only has two hands and two feet.

The slur markings are fine; good job.

I would think through the piece to see if there are reoccurring pitches that could be assigned to a drum as a fixed pitch ... or at the very least a pitch that is rarely changed on a given drum.

Personally, the sixteenth-note figures in measure 4 is not going to work well unless the temp is quite slow. You have to keep in mind that timpani do not produce EXACT pitches, like a string, brass or woodwind instrument; the pitch is approximate. Quick changes like this don't allow for the pitch to be fully realized. You'll hear a pitch bend but not a clear half-step pitch change ... unless the tempo is slow enough. Physics is working against you here — the membranophone (ie. timpano) not being able to reproduce an EXACT pitch, as well as the resonance factor of the instrument — all making it difficult for these quick half-step pitches to be fully recognizable, let alone achieved at a brisk tempo with only two hands and two feet.

One other solution, besides having as many as eight timpani, is to have two timpanist perform the piece. Break the part up between two players; now you've got four hands and four feet working for you.

ISSUE: Keep in mind that not everyone has more than 4 or 5 timpani at their disposal. Writing a piece that requires 8 or more timpani limits who can actually perform the work. This would be a non-issue for one of the major orchestras or a university with a large percussion program. The schools I've attended and orchestras I've performed with have used 8+ timpani from time to time, for various music works, but it does take a lot more planning and organization; sometimes even borrowing instruments from other music groups or schools. Just think through the logistics before you make your final decision.

Good Luck!
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