How’s everyone doing out there in the real and the virtual and virtual-real world?
This will be a short post, but some interesting things are coming up in the second half of 2018.
By the way, I’ve been thinking about which snare drum to get next. The Rogers brand has been recently resurrected and their legendary Dynasonic snare drum has made a huge comeback at recent music trade shows in the US. The Dynasonic to my ears are as every bit as great as my first love when it comes to snare drums, the Supraphonic by Ludwig (I own a 1969/1970 model bought on eBay.) One great example of just how good the Dynasonic sounds are on Buddy Rich’s recordings in the 1960’s and 1970’s before he moved to Ludwig. Another great example is the “Get Ready” album by Rare Earth. Hear it for yourselves on Spotify or iTunes if you’re interested. General reviews of the new Dynasonics have been very positive, so it’s likely my next investment. It MAY also be the last snare drum I’ll every buy (as we always would say, hahahaha…)
As for practice, I’ve been continuing my focus from last year on traditional grip and both heel-toe and slide techniques for bass drum. Second on the list is also learning how to pull off some fills in quintuplets and septuplets ala Vinnie Colaiuta, but that’s a farther secondary priority.
I’ve relooked recently into my technique again and had to make some changes to how I move around the kit – how hands are positioned from drum to drum – to improve fluidity.
I’m also scrutinizing my timing when I improvise fills – that means I go for a fill idea spontaneously without having worked it out before. My inspiration for this are players like Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and many great players in the Jazz/Fusion style who can effortlessly whip out fills with superb timing, feel, syncopation, fluency, and fluidity. Their psycho-motor reflex and control are on the highest level possible. One area that I found I could really hone in more is to exhale through my fills so that the time feels better.
So this is it for now. Best wishes for the rest of the year!