Drummer Talk 236 – Essential Apps for Drummers

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Drummer Talk 236 – Essential Apps for Drummers

It’s a special Tuesday episode of Drummer Talk as we prep for PASIC later this week. On today’s show, we discuss some essential apps you need as a drummer!

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Vinnie Paul does not dig “Show-Off” Drummers

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Vinnie Paul does not dig “Show-Off” Drummers

In a page out of the Clint Eastwood “Get Off My Lawn!” Manual of Geezer Curmudgeoness, Vinnie Paul has recently shared some choice words about today’s crop of über-fast, twitch metal drummers.

The new guys, to me, a lot of them play too much. I always considered myself a groove drummer, and a blast beat don’t have much of a groove to it. And a lot of these drummers play so much that it’s not about the song anymore, it’s like a show-off session. ‘Watch me. Here I go.’ It’s over the top.

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David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

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David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

In honor of it’s 20th (yikes!) anniversary, Korn is slated to play their debut album in its entirety during their upcoming tour with Slipknot; however, with David Silveria having left the band in 2006, the original lineup won’t be there to celebrate. Silveria has made an apology on Facebook:

Without the fans Korn would just be a hobby. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I’m sorry to all the fans that I couldn’t be there on tour to celebrate – but that’s just the way it goes

The split in 2006 wasn’t exactly amicable, and Korn leader, Jonathan Davis has not minced words about being glad the drummer is gone.

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Meet the drummers of Prince (from MusicRadar)

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Meet the drummers of Prince (from MusicRadar)

Prince is quite the enigmatic artist with a sometimes an even more enigmatic backing band. You may only remember the Purple Rain era band, The Revolution, but he’s had a number of supporting cast members – including a number of A-list drummers. Some of the most notable include John Blackwell Jr and Sheila E! Music Radar checks them all out.

Hannah Ford is Prince’s latest drummer, part of his all-female 3rdEyeGirl backing band. She was just 22 when she caught Prince’s eye through her YouTube videos.

Of working with the Purple One, Hannah reveals: “Prince is an incredible bandleader,” says Hannah. “He’s a phenomenal teacher and arranger and performer and he’s really serious about what he does and so are we, so he’s amazing at lifting everybody up and making sure that we’re all on our game.

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

If you ever wondered why you were so good at Where’s Waldo or those “Spot the Difference Pics,” it may because SCIENCE!

Researchers have released a study in the journal Neuropsychologia, that indicates that musicians have an increased aptitude for spotting mistakes more quickly and more accurately.

“[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability.”

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

Although Mike Byrne exited Smashing Pumpkins back in June, a recent blog post by Billy Corgan has revealed why Byrne was ultimately let go. As it turns out, the 24 year old drummer simply wasn’t a generational fit for the band.

Mike Byrne has taught me a lot about his generation. And watching the twitch up close, the ADD of it all, I’m starting to understand what he found boring about The Mighty SP. He wasn’t wrong. But he also wasn’t right, too.

Interesting.

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Drummer Talk 235 – PASIC 2014 Preview (Part 2)

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Drummer Talk 235 – PASIC 2014 Preview (Part 2)

We have a jam packed episode today as we wrap up part 2 of our 2014 PASIC Preview!

In the news, we discuss the realism in the new movie, Whiplash; we hear a previously unreleased Rush song featuring John Rutsey on drums; we discuss Phil Rudd’s bad weekend; we delve into an epic discussion about U2’s iTunes stunt, Spotify, and the state of the recording industry; and we discuss the 5 best drummers according to Mick Fleetwood.

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

Movies almost never get music stuff right; however the upcoming movie, Whiplash, looks to change what we think of music schools… maybe.

The film, in theaters now, features Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer and J.K. Simmons as his relentless, often abusive mentor. But how accurate is the film at depicting elite music programs?

According to a Mark Sherman, a Julliard professor, it gets a some right, but some wrong.

Some of the things the drummer was practicing were not really things you’d want to practice. When Andrew was drawing blood, for example, he was playing the single strokes so fast and for so long.

The commitment that it takes to play music is like any other art form. The commitment of trying to be a master of jazz’s poetic language is an addiction, just like a drug, and there can be very little room for a social life.

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