Because I play a wide variety of musical styles, I need to have different tools for different jobs. When I play jazz, I need thin, washy cymbals that perform well at low volumes. My drums are smaller, and I use coated drum heads. However, when I play progressive rock, I use somewhat heavier cymbals, bigger sticks, double ply drum heads, and a larger drum set.
I recently sold off my long-treasured collection of Paiste Twenty cymbals. I kept going back and forth, back and forth. I posted them at too high a price a few times. I posted them for a fair price and then took them down. Finally, I had to just take a trip to Guitar Center and sell them on the spot. And, when I left the store, the cash in my pocket felt great. But, I was also sad to lose my precious cymbals.
So, why did I let them go? It wasn't about the money, that's for sure.
I don't like letting gear sit around - especially rare, pro quality gear. It just doesn't feel right. Somebody should be playing it! And, since I've purchased my collection of Paiste Traditionals and Signature Dark Energy, I have not had any reason to play on my Twenty series.
It's funny, because I actually did the same thing with my old paintball gun this week, a fishbone-style ICD Bushmaster. It needed a home where somebody would love it!
From time to time I find other great drum websites across the web. Michael Aubrecht, author of "Fundamentals of Drumming for Kids", has established a fantastic drum blog which I think readers of ProDrumBlog will enjoy.
Michael's blog focuses primarily on conceptual issues for drummers, such as time, creativity, and tasteful playing. However, there are also posts featuring interesting drum fills and conversations about his favorite drummers. Each post is well-thought and definitely worth a read.
Because he is such an experienced instructor, Michael's posts are highly informed and educational. You can tell that he is very passionate about drumming and music in general. You can visit his site at https://maubrecht.wordpress.com/
I've avoided product reviews on this site for quite some time, but I'm so impressed with my new Reunion Blues Continental Cymbal Case that I've decided to start writing them.
Originating from the coast of Peru in the early 1800's, the cajon has become a key percussive instrument in many styles of music. Drummers today know that playing the drum set isn't their only job - they also need to have mastery of instruments like the cajon. Its part of being a well-rounded musician.
The new book "Cajon Method" by Paul Jennings is an excellent choice for drummers interested in learning the cajon. The book is split into three sections:
1. The Basics
3. Advanced Techniques
Kiss fans and drummers alike are rejoicing the release of "Kiss Drum Play-Along" from Hal Leonard publishing. Featuring 8 of the greatest hits from the band, you will be sure to find many of your favorite songs in this fantastic collection.
One of the best ways to explore a new genre of music is to pick up some drum play-along tracks, hit the practice room, and jam through the songs. Hal Leonard has made it easier than ever to find music in your favorite styles to give you the chance to practice without having to get your whole band over for rehearsal.
Are you looking for an exciting way to build your double bass chops? Tired of just doing boring exercises and racing your metronome? Look no further than the Slayer Drum Play-Along by Hal Leonard Publishing.
We all know that there is a time and a place for technique work. But, the bottom line is that we need to ROCK. We need to rock HARD. And, if we can't do that, then there is really no reason to be fooling around with technique in the first place. Getting hands-on experience with classic metal songs is one of the best ways to tie the pieces together.
May is International Drum Month. In support of International Drum Month the PMC is offering a special giveaway: "Roadie for a Day a with Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin" It is great to see the drum community grow and offer exciting opportunities for everybody.
Enter here: http://www.playdrums.com/2015idm/
While history holds a seemingly endless list of great drummers, any person interested in the history of jazz drumming will appreciate the life story of Mel Lewis. Having performed on a whopping 630 recordings, it's almost impossible that you've never heard his playing.
This fantastic book by Chris Smith is a heartfelt look at the life and career of the great Mel Lewis. In fact, the book itself is as wide in scope as Lewis's career; and it traverses depth comparable to Lewis's playing. It is an extremely extensive Mel Lewis biography which will leave no reader unsatisfied.