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Old 01-20-2009, 04:03 PM
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Ha Eli,

You know what?
We actually used to nail them down!!

We used those "fence staples" real big ones, and when the stage master was not looking and out of reasonable earshot we would bang them in.
The best time to do this was during tuning-up and sound checks so that a bit of hammering would not stand out too much.

We of course left always little holes in the wooden stage floor, so it lasted only for a little while before it was discovered and we got a real bollocking!!
I had a little ball-peen hammer in my stick bag, just for that purpose.

Another PET PEEVE -endless requests-:
At the end of the gig guys coming up to the stage, mostly quite sizzled, and ask : "Can you guys plllayy Take Five? "
Sometimes our band leader would give in, and we would try to perform to the best of our ability. but to play take Take Five decently is no mean feat, it has an odd meter; I think 7/8 and of course with Joe Morello on drums and Paul Desmond (Dave Brubeck Quartet) on Alto Sax, you had your work cut out to come even close!
Anyway those were the days.

Cheers and happy drumming,

Harry
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:00 PM
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Guitar players that tell me, "It's bop-bop-bam-chick- bop bam-chick-chick" moving his hands in unison. That's my pet peeve. You play guitar, follow me, I'll drive the band.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:01 AM
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Mmm another one I just thought of, when drummers play random stuff whilst the band/group is trying to talk, or when your trying to talk to the drummer and they jsut bang away. Mmm I get it a lot cos my church group has 2 drummers and a music centre band im in has 2 drummers, the other drummer in both is younger and more immature than me and both play drums whilst we're trying to talk...
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Harry, Harry, Harry! "Take Five" in 7/8? It's in 5/4. That's like my embarrassing moment when I told my kids the Pentagon was in the shape of an octagon...a Jay Walking moment for sure.

When I played in country rock bands the endless request was for "Wipeout." I always played it straight a few times and then went double or triple speed -- as fast as I could. I'm definitely a show-off at heart.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:54 PM
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Hi Slingerland59,
You see, I was'nt sure, it was so long ago! More than thirty years.
The other ever returning request was " The A-Train" and "Strike Up The Band"

Cheers and happy drumming,

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Old 01-24-2009, 03:16 AM
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I don't know "Strike Up the Band" (you've got 11 years on me old-timer!). But what about "In the Mood"? That sure was a popular tune. I liked playing it though because of the dynamics and the prominence of the drum part.

I guess that's a good illustration of your earlier point that a well placed simple fill can be very effective (I don't think there's many drummers here who would have gotten the Karen Carpenter reference, but I did). You can't get much simpler than the single stick shot in "In the Mood."

I know that contradicts my very first post here, but there is a difference somehow. I think it has to do with the type of song being played. If you're playing high energy rock and your big moment in the sun is a single weak tap on a tom, then that's a cop out. The fill should push and propel the beat, not drain it or stifle it.

You would have been justified in saying that your pet peeve is other drummers who feel the need to prove they are right!

It's fun chatting with you Harry. I think it's neat that you're across the world in New Zealand.
My name's Geoff, by the way.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:15 AM
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Re: Any pet peeves related to drumming?


Slingerland59...You are right there is a difference in keep it simple and the " In The Mood" syndrome. I too have played venues where the " better to keep your mouth shut and let others wonder rather than speaking and confirming your ignorance" comes in to play. What I am speaking of is...we played a high class place ( isn't this where most of these instances happen) and someone asked us to "play some plastic music" and then there was the time that we were about half way through the night and someone asked us to play "something that had been published"...????? I don't know...maybe it's just me.... The first comment made more since, but we still weren't sure what they were wanting to hear.
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I think its obvious.
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Oh, but I will say good drum forums are hard to come by. You guys have been pretty cool here.
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Oh, but I will say good drum forums are hard to come by. You guys have been pretty cool here.
Why, have you had bad experiences elsewhere?
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