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Old 06-20-2006, 04:56 PM
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Maybe you're just a really smooth guy but I'm not really sure how you would work mistakes into your playing. Usually the audience knows when you drop a stick by accident. Could you give us some examples of what you did to "cover up" a dropped or flying stick?
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:22 PM
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I guess I'm not being very clear... bit of a tough one to describe...

The audience will definitely see a stick go flying off into the bassist's eye, I completely agree, but from a personal point of view I find being in that situation forces me to work within limitations while I scrabble around for another stick... often it produces interesting results, especially if the rest of the band pick up on it and start playing differently to accommodate - you can end up in some cool weird loops all because something happened that wasn't meant to. These days I just don't care about the audience spotting mistakes, because hopefully they'll also spot the fact that I adapt my playing to keep some kind of flow and coherence. Just for the record, this isn't to say that my playing's riddled with mistakes either, this rarely actually occurs but I like to be prepared mentally for anything that may (or may not) happen.

Of course, it might just look rubbish and perhaps I'm talking crap, but for me it keeps things open and interesting.

What I'm really not saying is "just learn to deal with your mistakes", please don't think I am, I just like to keep my approach to drumming fresh and organic at all times.

Am I making any sense yet?
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:24 PM
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Yeah, sometimes I'll loosen my grip and let a stick go just to see If I can keep the beat going. Its a good thing to know how to do, so when the time comes that you drop one, you wont freeze up.
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:25 PM
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Yeah thanks man. That makes sense now - just taking what happens and making the best of the situation. That's a great way of looking at things and I should probaly bring that into my own style of playing.

For me, I always have to play everything as planned or else I freak out.
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:12 AM
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getting back on topic here
I use the pro-mark 747's and I have for as long as I can rember.
they are great sticks that hold up but for when I have played with metal bands I use the ahead sticks because I dont have to worry about them at all during shows, and I use either the pro-mark stick wrap pr eletrical tape on them for a good solid grip.
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I love Vic Firth marching sticks, the weight gives fantastic tone.
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:00 PM
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I love Vic Firth marching sticks, the weight gives fantastic tone.
Marching sticks on the drum set? Does that limit you at all? I would guess that you play a lot of marching type snare fills and such.
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:52 PM
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I would watch using those because almost everyone I know that has done that go's thru heads very quick and you are very prone to crack your cymbles
so you really need to watch that.

I guess the big question here is why are you using marching sticks on your kit.
is it for bigger sound the weight or what?
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Old 06-24-2006, 08:21 PM
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Do marching sticks even make that much of a difference? I've never been in marching band so I don't really know. All I know is that they're thicker and have flatter tips. Do these work well on the kit?
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Old 06-25-2006, 12:56 AM
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I use whatever is on sale at guitar center but I really like pro-mark 5A hickory nilon tip
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