Drummer Talk 237 – #PASIC14 Recap
We’re back from PASIC 2014 and we discuss the convention on today’s show. In the news, we discuss the latest with AC/DC and Phil Rudd, and we chat about Sakae Drum’s new contest!
Drummer Talk Mailbag
- Morten from Norway,Hey Dave and Troy! Thanks for making this excellent podcast. I really enjoy it. Makes me feel like I´m part of the drumming community, even though I´m living remotely in the cold, north of Norway.I thought I’d share my method on the use of apps when drumming. I’ve found this method very flexible and effective.
Basically I make a pdf, which I view through ibooks on my ipad when performing and rehearsing. The document consists of a ”index”, with a list of all the songs, and one page per song with notes, lyrics etc. What makes it so effective, especially during rehearsals, is that each songtitle has a hyperlink to the page with the song. On each ”songpage” there is a hyperlink which is linked back to the index-page. I can with ease navigate to the song I want, using the hyperlinks. The hyperlinks could be made in the preview-app (mac), but they by some reason removed that function 2-3 years ago. I have since then been looking for other software with this function. Adobe Acrobat works nicely, but is very expensive.
I found out that I could make the whole document using Keynote (mac), which has the feature to insert hyperlinks. And export it to pdf, and open on ipad-ibooks. If I need to make adjustments or add new songs, I can easily do that in keynote. Then export the new version.
Note: The format (width x height) is adjustable in keynote. 210×297 is suitable for ipad. Depending on the song there might be different types of notes on each song. On some songs I don’t need much information, but generally I start preparing for a new song with inserting the lyrics. I can add some bars with musical notation, textboxes and everything else I would need. Notes on the structure on the song is also very helpful.
For performing, I arrange the songs in the correct order.
I have also found that while making these notes on new songs, I get a very good idea about the song. I don’t have to remember a whole lot of stuff and can focus on the grooves and transitions when I’m practicing on my own.
Thanks again for doing the most awesome drumming podcast!
- Shawn Pelton, “The Hybrid Drummer” #PASIC14
- Gorden Campbell, “Secrets of the Working Drummer” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Billy Kilson, “The Diversified Drummer” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Gregg Bissonette, “Musical Drumming in Different Styles” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Jason Sutter, “From Brushes to Blast Beats” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Carl Allen, “Drums as a Melodic Instrument” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Will Kennedy, “Drummers, Musicianship, and Sensitivity in Performance” #PASIC14 Live Blog
- Russ Miller and Pete Lockett, “A North American and European perspective on Indian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion” #PASIC14 Live Blog
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