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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: MacMinds!!
« Last post by Michael Beechey on June 04, 2015, 03:56 PM »
Glad you resolved your issue. I'm not a Mac guy, so couldn't really help you.

thanks..and congrats again on your persistence and service....I'm not a mac guy either, but my band is...and the main man needs help understanding how to use garage's good for the brain, like learning a foreign language
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: MacMinds!!
« Last post by Bart Elliott on June 04, 2015, 03:44 PM »
Glad you resolved your issue. I'm not a Mac guy, so couldn't really help you.
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: MacMinds!!
« Last post by Michael Beechey on June 04, 2015, 03:11 PM »
call off the dogs...after a whole bunch of research I finally called the mac store...booted to recovery (Command R) reinstalled OS and ...voila a working mac!..I hereby erase from the universe all the nasty thoughts about uncle Steve
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / MacMinds!!
« Last post by Michael Beechey on June 04, 2015, 01:14 PM »
Attn MacMinds

well....this is ironic.....

having cursed MS/BS since DOS days I finally purchased this used Macbook Pro 2011, i7...Yosemite....booted fine at seller's house...he wiped the OS so it then booted to the screen asking to reinstall OS...all is happiness

got it home and now GSOD, Grey screen of Death which is a kinder gentler version of the garish BSOD. Has a prohibited entry symbol. No peripherals attached, no ethernet attached...ethernet attached gives same result. Power cable detached...same

Won't Safe Boot, Safe Boot Verbose gives a long list of MacSpeak, which as a first time user doesn't mean a lot to me... but doesn't boot, bios reset doesn't work....the only thing I get is some dings and said grey screen...thanks a lot Uncle Steve(!)

just before i slink back with my tail between my legs to confess my sins to Father Bill and beg to be restored back in his flock....Help?

Thanks in advance to my savior(s)!    btw  have posted to mac user forum
General Board / Re: Hello from Las Vegas, NV.
« Last post by Chip Donaho on May 30, 2015, 01:23 PM »
Very well done.   8)
General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by Tony Trout on May 25, 2015, 08:29 PM »
Hi, gang! 

My name is Tony Trout and I, also, just joined the forum today.  I found ya'll while just surfing the internet for other drum forums and I'm so happy that I did!  I've been playing all kinds of instruments for years but I started out playing drums in my old home church - then I switched to electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, lap steel, piano/keyboards, drums & I'm also a singer. 

My favorite music styles are from the 1950s/1960s/1970s.  I'm not so enthralled by today's music that's on the radio, unfortunately. 

I'm a huge...HUGE fan of the legendary drummer who worked with Elvis Presley from 1969-1977...and that drummer would be:  Ronnie Tutt!  I'll be getting an autographed photo of Ronnie next month after he gets off of the road with Neil Diamond.  I didn't know until several years ago that Ronnie has worked for Neil for thirty-five years (since 1980!) but I have often wondered what he did for work during the time after Elvis's death in 1977 and getting hired by Neil in '80? 

Here lately I've been seeing drummers who are big fans of Ronnie that have actually put together their own (what they refer to as) Ronnie Tutt Tribute drum kits based upon the blue sparkle drum set that Ronnie used with Elvis from 1970 - 1974 before Ronnie switched to the larger black Ludwig kit.  I'm disabled with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus and I'm not able to work a regular real job - but I do play music and I love using the drum sets that are on my two keyboards to play along with my Elvis Presley live concert and studio CDs!

I would absolutely LOVE IT if I knew how to do about getting the drum sizes/drums and cymbals and stands and be able to start setting up my own RT "Tribute" drum kit......but, I don't know where to start and I know absolutely nothing about tuning a drum set.  :-(

Another problem is that I don't have even the smallest of space as far as buildings go to be able to set up that type of double-bass drum setup unless I can get someone here close to me to do that for me....:-(

The above is NOT written to sound or read like a pity party posting- it's just facts.  I truly DO want to put together a Ronnie Tutt Tribute drum kit like I've seen a couple of other friends of mine (Brad Swiger & Udo Masshoff) do.

I just don't know where to really start!!

Anyone have any ideas for me?  The whole reason behind wanting a set is that I'm hoping that, by starting back playing drums, it would help me health-wise and help me stay limber since I am afflicted with Cerebral Palsy & Hydrocephalus.....

Any suggestions from anyone???

Thanks for letting me join this great forum!!

Thanks/God Bless,
Tony Trout
General Board / Hello from Las Vegas, NV.
« Last post by Mark Dalzell on May 25, 2015, 01:37 PM »
Hello All,

Just joined your forum. Looking forward to engaging conversation and meeting new guys. Learning something new and sharing whatever I can.

Speaking of sharing, I produced a few videos for one of my best buds, John Abraham. He's the drummer for Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio Hotel here in Las Vegas.

Anyway, he's playing some crazy stuff with some nice feet ostinatos. For anyone who's interested, please take a look when time permits. I'll post the link below.


MDslammer / Mark Dalzell / Las Vegas, NV

Here is the event as it appears on the Drummer Cafe calendar!
ICC JMC in Groznjan & PETAR CURIC Agency proudly present:

9th International Percussion Summer Courses

August 3rd–10th 2015. Groznjan, Istria, Croatia


Jeunesses Musicales Croatia & PETAR CURIC Agency


Rick Latham (USA)
(“The Funk Master-Doctor of Groove”)
(Quincy Jones, Edgar Winter, The Groove Doctors, B.B.King)

Clayton Cameron (USA)
(„King of Brushes“)
(Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra)

John Blackwell (USA)
(Drummer with Prince)
(Justin Timberlake, Cameo, Patti LaBelle, D’Angelo)

Petar Curic (CRO-SI)
(Artistic Director & Camp Coordinator)
(Head of School-Drummers Institute Ljubljana)

*  *  *  *  *

9th Annual “East Meets West”

A Leading Drum & Percussion Summer Camp in Europe.

In short: Past camps have featured some of the World’s Best Drummers and Percussionists such as: Bill Bruford, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez,  Antonio Sanchez, JoJo Mayer, Benny Greb, Marco Minnemann, Mike Mangini, Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Gerald Heyward, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Trevor Tomkins, Howard Curtis, Nippy Noya, Pete Riley, Matt Thompson, Pete Lockett, Pier Foschi, Boris Dinev, Petar Curic and many more.

Where: Groznjan, Istria, Croatia.

Organisation: Jeunesses Musicales Croatia & PETAR CURIC Agency
When: August 3rd–10th 2015.

What: A Leading Drum & Percussion Summer Camp in Europe - CROATIA DRUM CAMP International Percussion Summer Courses presents a week-full of intensive workshops, drum-clinics, seminars, masterclasses, concerts, round-table discussions, VIP guest-appearances

Working languages: English and Croatian

Student-participants:  Drummers and Percussionists of ALL AGES and
ALL LEVELS are welcome to apply for a place. We also encourage applications from drumming fans and enthusiasts (Passive Registration). The number of available places is strictly limited.

Registration: “First come-First served” until all places are filled.
Please contact us at:     

Our web-pages:]]]]  

Petar Curic, Director / Founder
Mob. ++385 (0) 91 532 9405



(“The Funk Master-Doctor of Groove”)
(Quincy Jones, Edgar Winter, The Groove Doctors, B.B.King)
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and now residing in Los Angeles,
Rick is best known as one of the music industry’s most in demand studio and touring drummers today. He is an exciting performing artist, composer, globally renowned author and drum-guru. At just 25 years of age, it was the success of his ground breaking drum text, ADVANCED FUNK STUDIES, that launched him into the international percussion spotlight, but it has been his expertise as a versatile performer that has made him one of contemporary drummings' most respected players. Rick was a featured member of THE EDGAR WINTER BAND for nearly a decade with hundreds of stellar performances, including a special appearance at the 1999 Montreux Jazz Festival. Before moving to LA, Rick was also a member of R&B bass legend CHUCK RAINEY’S band - "Rainey Man." and performed with such greats as the late great B.B.KING during this time. His versatility has also been highlighted on the theme for television's "9 to 5" series, "Fame," the QUINCY JONES produced soundtrack, “Fast Forward” and more recently the DVD release of "Gone in 60 Seconds”, "Daredevil" and “Spiderman”. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, Rick released his second successful book CONTEMPORARY DRUM SET TECHNIQUES and soon afterwards the instructional videos that parallel these works. 
Rick has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia and is frequently invited as a featured performer to leading jazz festivals, drum festivals and percussion related events around the world. In a recent feature interview, MODERN DRUMMER Magazine refers to him as “a man who many consider to be one of the best clinicians on the planet”. The magazine also names his ADVANCED FUNK STUDIES among “The 25 Greatest Drum Books Ever Published". Rick endorses DW drums, ISTANBUL MEHMET Cymbals, EVANS Drumheads and PROMARK Sticks. His Autograph Series drumstick "THE RICK LATHAM PROMARK GROOVE STICK 717" and "THE RICK LATHAM CRYSTAL BALL" clear resin bass drum beater are both best sellers at drum shops around the world.

(„King of Brushes“ & UCLA Drum Professor)
(Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra)
A native of Los Angeles, California, Clayton’s career has already crossed many barriers in the world of music. From SAMMY DAVIS,JR. to TONY BENNETT, from RAY CHARLES to JAMES BROWN he continues to push the envelope of contemporary drumming to the limits. After the release of his first DVD, “The Living Art of Brushes" Clayton was given the honorary title “KING OF BRUSHES”. During those years he also played for Sammy’s Rat Pack friends-DEAN MARTIN and FRANK SINATRA. The three toured together selling out theaters and stadiums alike. In 1992, while living in New York City, Clayton got another once-in-a-life-time opportunity and started an unbelievable six years of world-wide touring and recording with the incomparable TONY BENNETT. “Performing with Tony has been a thrilling experience. His love of music and entertaining people has won him countless awards from Grammys to Emmys. I’ve had the pleasure of recording with Tony on six albums.  Each of the albums received GRAMMY nominations and five of them WON the prestigious award!” Clayton performed for presidents, royalty, charities and beyond.” During this time he also performed with many other great artists including STING, MARIAH CAREY, JAMES TAYLOR, ELVIS COSTELLO, RICKY MARTIN and many more. Clayton proudly endorses LUDWIG Drums, ZILDJIAN Cymbals, GIBRALTAR Hardware, REMO Drumheads, and REGAL TIP Drumsticks including his very own model REGAL TIP CLAYTON CAMERON SIGNATURE BRUSHES.

(Drummer with Prince / Berklee Drumset Instructor)
(Justin Timberlake, Cameo, D’Angelo, Patti LaBelle)
Best known for his work with PRINCE, John is from Columbia, South Carolina and started playing drums at age 3, learning from his father John Blackwell  Sr. At 17, he played his first high profile show with singer and swing bandleader BILLY ECKSTINE. In 1992 John enrolled into Berklee College of Music and kept himself busy creating a strong buzz about him while performing as much as possible. In 1995 he landed a gig with CAMEO and played with them for the next 3 years. In 1998, he moved to Los Angeles. He was in LA for only 3 days when he landed the drum position for the legendary R&B Diva, PATTI LABELLE. During this time he recorded for her GRAMMY Award winning CD, DVD and VHS, "Patti LaBelle-Live One Night Only". John met PRINCE while performing in Minneapolis and joined his band The New Power Generation in 2000. John played with PRINCE for 12 years and appeared on his 2003 Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD, and the 2003 instrumental album, N.E.W.S, nominated for GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. John has also played with other pop, funk and, hip-hop stars, including JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, PUFF DADDY, CHARLIE SINGLETON etc and was invited to perform at the 2008 and 2011 BUDDY RICH MEMORIAL CONCERT. John proudly endorses ZILDJIAN cymbals and sticks and REMO drumheads.

(CDC Director/Founder)
(Head of School-Drummers Institute Ljubljana)
Croatian-born and USA/UK-educated Performing Artist, Educator, Producer and Manager, Petar earned both his Master's and Bachelor's in England. He also spent two years in Denton, Texas, as a graduate student at the University of North Texas under ED SOPH. Finalist of YAMAHA PERCUSSIONIST OF THE YEAR at the Royal College of Music in London, and WINNER of Vic Firth-Megamuzika Prize for Excellence, Petar taught Drumset and Percussion at various Croatian, British and American Schools, High Schools and Colleges, most recently on the degree course at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in London. Active in all kinds of musical settings, from Orchestral, Philharmonic and Opera to R&B, Fusion and Jazz, Petar played drums for the UK/Brazilian rapper Aggro Santos, famous for his UK Top-5 hits. He also performed with American multiple-GRAMMY Award winning classical guitarist SHARON ISBIN.

9th CROATIA DRUM CAMP (2015) would have not been possible without
the help and support from these amazing sponsors and benefactors:


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Technique(s) / Re: Syncopated triplets - A good book?
« Last post by Bart Elliott on May 15, 2015, 11:53 AM »
I just spent a lot of time with "The New Breed".  I was hoping to find something similar with a triplet feel (not straight time interpreted as broken 1/8ths). Should I be asking about syncopated 6/8 instead of triplets?

Ah, okay. No, you are right ... triplets, 6/8 or 12/8 is all good descriptions. To the ear, they sound the same; it is on the written form the makes the distinction actually. One could argue phrasing also is affected, but that's another discussion.

I'll get back to you with some suggested books (there are several) once I get the links together.
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