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My Thoughts on Tuning your Drums. (Part 3)

Welcome to part 3. In this issue we will be looking at the toms. Finally we get down to fitting that first drum head.

(All pics are of my Drum Kit and me 🙂 courtesey of James Grice.)

But first a list of the topics covered in the last edition, and if you haven’t read it please take a look before reading this:

  • Drum Preparation
  • Drum Key Technique

I tend to start with the smallest tom as it’s the highest pitched and then work my way down to the floor tom or biggest rack tom.

Right then down to it. First things first check you haven’t got a dead drum head before you start. Grab the new head and tap it in the middle you should get a very dull but slight tone out of the new head, If you don’t and instead get a duff sound the head is dead and not worth using. (the chance of this is very, very small but still worth mentioning)

Now place the head over your drum it should go straight on without any struggle. (I normally line the logo up with the support arm, Just my preference. And I start with the batter head.) Then were going to place the hoop on over the top this is normally a tighter fit and can require a slight push to get it on properly.

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My Thoughts on Tuning your Drums. (Part 1)

Hello all, this will be the first issue in a multi-part blog about the ever-elusive subject of Drum Head Tuning.

I think there are two types of people that hit drums. The First been the person that plays drums, they are normally good at what they can do but lack the fundamental knowledge of differing techniques, and are missing a basic structural knowledge of music overall and a drummers relationship within a band. The other being a “Drummer”. This person not only has spent years honing different skill sets and abilities within his/her trade. But has also taken the time to understand music as a whole and how to play to compliment the piece of music being performed. Be it with different techniques like using brushes, or just being sensitive to the piece of music by not over playing or being too loud.

Ive never understood why some “drummers” shy away from this very important aspect of drumming. A nice sounding kit not only sounds great to people listening to you but you will find you will actually want to play and practice more. You will also find yourself being more creative around the kit. I find it has that affect on me anyway. Tuning is also a very good pass time. Hours just seem to fritter away. Read the rest of this entry

Why you shouldn’t purchase instruments from eBay.

Just a quick post as to why you should avoid eBay for second had instruments. I have to admit the lore of purchasing such items from eBay is a massive one. Quite often they can be less than half the RRP price.

I will admit I have in the past purchased a few smaller cymbals from eBay. I have purchased a8” and 10” Zildjian A Custom cymbals with out any issues. I have also brought a 6” Zil-Bel only 2 weeks ago. But this is a really thick cymbal and pretty much unbreakable. So I wasn’t worried about that one at all. Read the rest of this entry

Re-cap on a year gone bye (part 2)

In this part I will pick up from January and Farther Christmas did indeed bring me the Drum Mics I had requested. (must have been good that year) They were Red5 Audios RVK 7 piece drum mic set. I also paid for a 3rd condenser mic to record the hats. But it turns out the over heads are amazing so I use the extra mic to capture the room sound. This is a fairly inexpensive set at £159.99 I will be doing a review on the mics I use at a later stage. But I have to say im uber pleased with them.

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Re-cap on a year gone bye. (part 1)

I just thought id shear this little re-cap with you all on what Ive accomplished during the year past since I posted my first ever Drum Cover up on youtube on the 19th of October 2010.

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Halloween Special

Morning all. As you know today is Halloween, and to mark the occasion I thought id do a little Halloween themed drum cover. Now this was a toss up between Thriller and Ghostbusters, But as im in the process of making a Michael Jackson mini series which I will be incorporating Thriller into. Which means for my Halloween Special Ghostbusters was chosen.

With it been a Halloween Special I also decided to dress up my room and kit. In accordance with the day. I managed to recruit my good friend James Grice to help me with the themed project. Read the rest of this entry

Latest cover of “salvation is here”

This was 1 of my favourite songs to play with my Church Band. There are lots of deferent beat styles used, And all in all a lot of fun to play.

The original song is by: Hill song united.

Hope you enjoy it.

If you have any questions about the video. Please leave a comment.

Behringer USB 2442fx

Hello all.

As I promised in a previous blog I will continue to look at the equipment I use for recording and editing my drum covers.

Today ill be looking at the Behringer USB 2442fx sound mixer. This is the heart and soul of my setup as without this the Mic’s, PC and even the drum kit its self is pretty much useless for recording.

I will at some point be doing a drum tour of my kit and recording setup. Until then pictures of the unit will have to do.

Ive owned this unit for a little over 8 months now. And Ive go to say it’s a good steardy piece of kit. It’s got a decent weight to it and nice and bulky. Ive had only 1 problem and annoyance with it since Ive had it, and that is Channel 3 has stopped working when using the XLR input. Unfortunately I do not have any other equipment to test the other types of inputs on the channel (really should get around to doing that)

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Its Finally Here

Bellow is a link to my new cover of Michael Jackson’s “black or white”. It was recorded using my new EQ settings. I hope you like it. Any questions please leave a comment and ill answer then ASAP. ( a tad rushed though i must say)

 

 

My Setup

Morning all.

This is my first blog post back after my amazingly refreshing holiday to Turkey. I can’t recommend this place enough. It’s an amazingly beautiful country. If you ever get the opportunity to go, go you wont be disappointed.

Anyway back to business. I thought id start a small series of blogs about the equipment I am currently using.

My First blog is about my Main Drum Kit and which is also the one featured in my drum covers and the kit I use to teach my students on.

First about the Kit it’s self. It’s a DW (drum Workshop) Collectors Series finished in Blue Ouster wrap and off-set with Black Chrome Hardware. The Rack Tom sizes are 12”x8″, 13”x9″, 14”x10″ and 16”x12″ I have no floor toms on this kit all Toms are suspended via the DW STM system (suspension tom mount). My Base Drum is a non drilled 24”x18″ Cannon which sounds absolutely amazing. It’s loud and crisp at the same time. My snare that I brought with this kit is a DW Black Nickel Knurled steel 14” by 6.5” Snare. Its a very nice snare but I will say its not the snare I use in the videos. (More about that snare in the next part of this series)
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