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Technique(s) / Re: Right and left hand
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 12, 2014, 07:14 PM »
I agree with Don.

Crossing the hands is only because of equipment limitations and/or dominant limbs. Break free from the limitations and one can certainly do more with their playing.

It all comes down to being willing to work hard and develop the necessary technique. Obviously the majority of drummers throughout history where not willing to do this, so they cross-over.

I often times use a remote HiHat position almost directly in front of me, so that solves a lot right there (ie. equipment limitation). I also play open position for a number of styles. I can't do that, with confidence, when playing jazz ... yet.  ;)
Technique(s) / Re: Right and left hand
« Last post by Don Elkington on December 12, 2014, 11:26 AM »
Playing open handed is a good thing. Your brother is right. If you'd like to see a pro drummer doing it, youtube Simon Phillips.


Best of luck!
Technique(s) / Right and left hand
« Last post by William Daley on December 12, 2014, 10:28 AM »
The brother is a left handed drummer who has played the right side most of his career.He has been doing little bits to help my grand daughter from time to time.

He has told us to get her to work on playing her left side as well as her right.What he says is that if she can master it it will put her right hand on the high hats and leave her left open for everything else.He calls it playing an open style and has done it for years.Claims it increases his speed when he wants to get into it.

Has anyone else here heard of this and does it really help?
Technique(s) / Re: Asking on techniques to teach
« Last post by William Daley on December 11, 2014, 10:08 PM »
I am no drummer and at 70 years of age it's kind of late to start LOL.
I do however have a grand daughter who is 15 and very determined to become a drummer.She uses the heaviest wood set of sticks she could find for rudiments then when she is playing she uses a fairly light set.She practices rudiments Monday Wednesday and Friday and just plays and has fun the nights in between.She has no teacher and has worked her schedule out herself.I do know her hand speed has improved greatly doing what she is.
Her uncle who has played the A circuit in Canada for over 40 years said he will not teach her as she knows the basics and won't develop her own style if he does.Feels it would only turn her into a clone.He has though brought his kit over and set up beside her and helped her by showing her some stuff When ever she has gone with me to watch him play he always gets her up to do a few numbers and stuff to help her grow confidence as well.
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Here's my Ariana Grande remix for 'Break Free'  :)

General Board / Drum Remix Video
« Last post by Fabio Vitiello on December 08, 2014, 12:21 PM »
Hey Guys, this is my Drum Remix Video of Shake It Off :)
Let me know if you like! :)

Percussion Parlor / Re: Bongos make noise in the night
« Last post by Mel Driller on December 08, 2014, 07:18 AM »
Thanks very much for your response. I passed it on to my friend and she will follow your suggestion. She has not yet commented on it, but I appreciate your positive FYI.
Percussion Parlor / Re: Bongos make noise in the night
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 06, 2014, 05:57 PM »
You need to loosen the heads all the way so that there is no tension on the skin (ie. head). The humidity and temperature changes in the house will cause the head to "pop" as it re-seats itself to the bearing edge. I have some ethnic drums in my house that are just for display; they "pop" like this because there is no way for me to change the tension on the head.

The hand drums I actually use are always stored with the tension completely removed from the skin. This is a practice that you should do with EVERY hand drum you own ... that is, the drums with a real skin head. Not only will this preserve the head, giving it longer life, but will keep the skin from splitting should it get too tight in dry/arid conditions. Drums that are normally under high tension, like djembes, can be difficult (and a major pain) to loosen like this ... but if you are not using the drum, and it's being stored, you should loosen all tension on the head. If you can't do this, or don't want to do this, you need to keep the drum in a warm (room temperature) climate with 50-70% humidity.

I've had the macho head (small drum) on my LP bongos split on me years ago because I didn't loosen the tension. I've also had a Egyptian riq split its head for the exact same reason.

FYI ... I highly doubt any popping from the bongos is going to scare a baby, sleeping, awake or still in the womb ... but you can't tell an expectant mother that.
Percussion Parlor / Bongos make noise in the night
« Last post by Mel Driller on December 06, 2014, 08:17 AM »
I gave a set of LP bongo drums to a friend who is storing them on a shelf in her living room. She said that in the middle of the night she hears loud snapping or slapping sounds that must be coming from the drums. I loosened them somewhat, but she says it's still happening, though less. I told her to loosen them more. She's afraid it will scare the soon to arrive baby.  Anyone have experience with this?
Technique(s) / Re: bass drum double strokes
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 06, 2014, 07:20 AM »
To answer your question, not many metal drummers here ... or metal fans. Sorry.
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