Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cymbal blow out! NEW NEW PRICES!

Sorry folks, this post is about commerce. Pure and cymbal! ( Ha! Typo, and I'm keeping it.) I currently own too much metal and have obtained enough old K. Zildjians to keep me happy for the rest of my existence! ( I currently do not endorse any brand of cymbals.) So I'm posting some video of the suspects in question, along with prices. ( In Canadian dollars). All reasonable offers will be considered. The videos are in the order that the cymbals are listed. If shipping is required, I'll look that up and add it to your total. Any questions? Put them in the comments section, email me at twarren@gto.net, or find me on Facebook or Twitter

For Sale: 20" Zildjian K. Constantinople Medium Thin ( High ) - $350 (Sold)

Murat Diril Renaissance 22" Prototype Ride- $250

Murat Diril 18" China Type Renaissance Light- $200 ( Sold)

Murat Diril 20" Renaissance Light Ride- $200

14" Murat Diril Renaissance Regular Hi-Hats- $200

14" Murat Diril Renaissance Dark Hi-Hats- $200

Also selling some Tamburo drums. Italian made. 10",12"14" toms. 18" bass drum. Black. $600

Here they are in action....

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rick Allen

I don't think it even really matters if you're a Def Leppard fan or not. Just what Rick Allen went through ( which he speaks about very candidly here ) shows what can be achieved with hard work and a positive mindset. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOLKS! For the record, I'm saying that to myself just as much as to anyone else!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Odd Time Stick Control

Hey all,
I'm just going to explain this without a video because I'm a bit pressed for time, my apologies.

First take George Lawrence Stone's venerable classic "Stick Control". The first page is as good a starting point as any...

Play all Rs on hi-hat, all Ls on snare drum. Then pick a time signature you want to work in 5, 7 etc. and add in a fairly simple bass drum part to start with. For example, if you decide to play in 7, two half notes followed by two dotted quarter notes works well. Now the sort of tricky part ( for me at least ) is to keep the 4/4 sticking going while still playing the bass drum, and hearing the whole thing in 7. The sticking pattern will come back to the beginning of the bar after 4 bars of whatever time signature one is playing. It's interesting to note, that for me, I find it a lot easier to superimpose odd numbers notes in 4/4 rather than playing 4/4 rhythms that go over the bar in an odd time signature. This is also part of my ongoing work on trying to play more effectively in linear types of patterns. I hope some of you find this helpful.

Now, just because it's awesome, is Mark Guiliana talking about improvising. Lots of great stuff to chew on here.

Happy Trails.......

Friday, May 18, 2018

Digging Deeper

Hi all,
'The cymbals and drums are still for sale so check out the previous post if you're interested.

Okay, I wanted to hip you to a series of videos that have helped me a lot with filling in my harmonic knowledge. Drummers, especially formally educated ones, have a bit of a conundrum in regard to chords and scales. In my case, I have been given a TON of harmonic information but, without a place to use it in a practical way, it's remained pretty nebulous. My friend Jeff Antoniuk has a great series on Youtube entitled " Digging Deeper " that goes step-by-step through many concepts of playing on changes, scales, etc. This series has been invaluable as I'm slowly getting involved in the determinate pitch/harmonic universe. I've posted the first few videos in the series below...

As you can see, the information is well presented in bite-size chunks and delivered with the sort of self-effacing humour that could only come from a Canadian!

So, I highly recommend this series, especially to all drummers that are beginning to grapple with harmony in an active way. ( Please note, I am receiving  no kickback from Jeff from this post. Although, if he decided he wanted to send some AMERICAN greenbacks my way, I wouldn't be offended! )

Now work on your scales!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ella Fitzgerald's Birthday

I had to post something for such an important musicial date, because like most performers of her stature, it's hard to pick one recording. I do, however have a soft spot for the "songbook" series, arranged by the great Nelson Riddle. It's most likely Alvin Stoller on drums. So, here's "All the Things You Are".

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The drummers of InstaHAM

Hello all,
I think it's time for another rant, don't you? ( Wait, don't answer that.)
Anyone who knows me or has followed the blog knows I have a rather complicated relationship with social media. This is especially true of Instagram. Yes, I know it's a lot of preening teens, bodybuilders, and the like.

But, you know what's the worst, by far?????

The drum videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The drum-related Instagram stuff seems to generally fall into 5 categories, they are.....

1. Chops Galore.....
This actually also contains two subheadings, velocity of hands, and velocity of feet. Sometimes they have both, but in any case the point is to show how fast one can play without and musical context or any real reason to be playing this way except that, well....it's fast!

2. I'm so cute!
A type of video where a young, good looking person ( of either sex. Believe me, I've seen some shirtless beefcake drummers on there! ) usually plays along to a track ( often categorized as a "drum cover" )  with super-exaggerated arm movements and a big smile. In essence,  it's long on show-biz, short on content.

3. The showcase play-along......
Arguably a subset of #2,  this features someone playing along to a piece of complicated music that exists only to show-off fancy drumming within it. You won't find any singable melodies, interesting chord changes, or thoughtful lyrics here, because the track is accompanying the drums, rather than the other way around.

4. Stick tricks, pads aplenty, and drum corps gone mad.....
In these type of videos, no one ever plays on a drum, but rather gives us the incredibly inspiring sound of wood striking plastic or rubber. It's really more the idea of being a majorette, but with sticks rather than a baton. Leaving the feet out helps the participants avoid any semblance of even trying to keep time, and again, show-biz reigns supreme!

5. Look everyone! I'm playing a Rock Beat on my drums in a really bizarre place!
What's way better than playing a beat everyone's heard a thousand times? Playing a beat everyone's heard a thousand times in a swimming pool, a snowy backyard, or in front of your favourite barbecue restaurant beside a major highway!!! I'm sure when space travel becomes even slightly more common, it'll be one small step for mankind, but one giant leap for stupid Instagram videos......

Okay, I guess I've been a grumpy old man enough for today, so I'm going to share two underrated drummers I've been checking out lately.  One is the great Bill Dowdy, who played on many recordings but is best known for his work with The 3 Sounds....

The other great drummer I'm listening to is Ben Dixon, particularly with organist Big John Patton. Enjoy!

Ahhhhh. That's much better. To be fair, there are some drummers I do follow on social media. Mark Guiliana, for example. But generally, it's vintage pics of my hometown and cute Boston Terrier videos!
Until next time......

Monday, March 19, 2018

It Ain't All Jazz

Here's a wonderful documentary about three Canadian treasures...musicians Wray Downes, Sonny Greenwich , and Archie Alleyne. Some great footage of them playing as well as discussions of their formative years, the changing face of the Jazz scene in Toronto, and the racism they faced. It's especially poignant as Archie is no longer with us. Enjoy.