Drummer Talk 187 – The Drummer’s Pilgrimage

Drummer Talk 187 – The Drummer’s Pilgrimage

Today we talk about about pilgrimages every drummer should make at least once in their life. Show notes after the break. Read more

Drummer Talk walks the PASIC Convention Floor

Here’s another old Drummer Talk video we’ve dusted off and posted up to Youtube.  Ever wonder about the amazingness that is the PASIC Exhibit hall floor?  Look no further! Keep in mind that this is from PASIC 2006.

Drummer Talk 12/02/2011 – 2011 PASIC Recap (#166)

Drummer Talk 12/02/2011 – 2011 PASIC Recap (#166)

We’re back from PASIC and it’s time to recap what we’ve learned!  Show Notes after the break!

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Drummer Talk 11/04/2011 – 2011 PASIC Preview (#165)

Drummer Talk 11/04/2011 – 2011 PASIC Preview (#165)

It’s that time of year again for our annual PASIC Preview!  PASIC is Nov 9-12 and we’ll be liveblogging from the show floor! Show notes after the break!

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Drummer Talk 11/19/2010 – PASIC 2010 Recap (#150)

We’re back from PASIC 2010 and we’re recapping all of the clinics on today’s show.  Plus, Dave talks about the future of DT, and we have lots of news including Dream Theater Auditions, where is Max Weinberg, and Jason Bonham answers three questions!  Show Notes

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PASIC 2009 Roadtrip

Hello everyone! It’s that time of year. Be sure to tune into the PASIC Blog to follow along on our annual trip to PASIC. we will be posting from the clinics and exhibit halls, and more!! Today, we tart our 8 hr trek to Indy.

7:20a – About to pick up the rental van for the trip to Indy!

10:14a – on the road now! We’re stopping at Lambert’s (home of the throw’s rolls!) for lunch!

11a – Almost everyone in the van is asleep. Wimps!

7:42p – We got checked into the hotel ok. I think we’re about to hit downtown Indy and see what’s up. Man, it’s chilly. I really should’ve brought a hat! The trip was much shorter than I thought. We watched a couple of movies in the van and it flew by. Tommorow is the day where it gets crazy. PAS didn’t send out badges ahead of time which means we have to queue up tomorrow to get them. Grrrr. Why did we register so early then?? Anyway, I don’t have a schedule or anything to go on for tomorrow, only that I know the first drum set clinic isn’t until 11a. Look for more live updates!

8:11p – Whadya know? PASIC registration was still going strong, so we were able to pick up our badges just fine. It went pretty smoothly! And everyone was nice. I still miss the personal touch from Adventure Travel. Kim was great!

Turns out it was a little to brisk for me to be walking in the windy downtown. I’ll let the younguns have their time together. Plus, they won’t feel like the boss is hovering over their shoulder.

Drummer Talk 10/15/2009 – PASIC 2009 Preview

This week, we look at the clinics and masterclasses coming up at PASIC 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. The Double Drag Tap is the rudiment of the week, we talk about the recent Sabian Vault Tour in the news, and the legendary Buddy Rich is the drummer of the week.

Taye Releases New Studio Birch Kit

Taye Releases New Studio Birch Kit

Good things in the works from our friends at Taye (pronounced TIE). Their new Studio Birch kit looks amazing. Taye makes great drums. I remember being very impressed with Jim Payne’s Taye kit at PASIC 2006. What I think is interesting is that they have several different bass drum sizes. 24″ x 16″ would be awesome!

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Drummer Talk 12/12/2008 – PASIC 2008 Recap (3 of 3)

It’s a Drummer Talk Christmas as we recap day 3 of PASIC 2008.  Today, we discuss Ari Hoenig, Terrance Higgins, Johnny Rabb & Marco Minnemann, Dafnis Prieto, Robby Ameen & Richie Flores & Jesse Carballo, and Ray Luzier & Seven Antonopolous. 

Ray Luzier & Seven Antonopoulos Clinic

Here it is … our final clinic of PASIC 2008. It’s been a wild ride!

5:01 They are still setting up the kits on stage. A tune from Nightmare Before Christmas is playing (the “Sandy Claus” one). I hope this isn’t idicative of this last clinic. It seems like an odd choice for the show closer. In the past, this slot has been Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckly and Steve Smith. Not a lot of folks here. The huge ballroom is not even 1/4 full.

5:05 The PAS guy comes out again and one final time insists on calling it pa-sic as in “classic.” Sabian rep introduces Seven.

5:08 Seven takes the stage and plays track. Stick twirls and 3 foot stick heights abound! Read more

Robby Ameen, Jessie Carballo, & Richie Flores Clinic

3:02 Waiting to start

3:06 Pearl rep out to introduce the performers. Plugs gear. All three guys endorse different cymbals: Sabian, Zildjian, and Paiste. He’s talking way too much of the Reference kit. They are in the shimmer of Oz finish. Now bios about the players.

3:08 Players take the stage and launch into an up trading drum solos piece. Ameen and Carballo trade licks. Flores is obviously the director as he uses conga licks and roll-offs to send the trio into different directions. Wow! Hoe does someone play that fast on the congas?! He directs both players to play diferent clave patterns and he solos in between them.  Each player takes turns soloing in between the claves.  They trade 32nds between each other – drum kit to congas to drum kit.  Ameen has kept a rhumba clave with his left foot (on a cowbell)under the solo this entire time!  Carballo, being the youngest, seems to be about heat and double kick around the kick.

3:22 They slow down the groove into a swing-style piece. Ameen and Carballo trade 4s.  Ameen is more about taste than Carballo seems to be .  Flores steps in with a fast, melodic conga solo as the drummers swing under it.

3:26 From the mic, Flores directs them to play a straight-ahead, funk thing.  Ameen swings but superimposes a backbeat funk groove.  It seems like they don’t really know what’s going on.  Flores is trying to direct Carballo to do something, but I don’t think he gets it.  The thing sounds like it’s about to fall apart.  The settle into a full on funk groove while stopping time at the end of the phrase before punching back in.

3:29 While still continuing the groove, Carballo takes a solo.  It’s mad chops.  Flores waves Ameen off and Carballo is free to solo untimed.  More double bass chops.  He lays down a fat groove in 7 before launching back into heat around the toms or kick.  Flores now directs Ameen to take a solo.  He keeps foot ostinatos going while blowing heat.  Flores enters with conga heat.  Carballo comes back in and and keeps groove.  All take turn playing solos.  It seems most of these solos consist of going as fast you can up and down the instruments.  Now the players and bouncing bursts of 32nds between each other and end with a unison lick.

3:37 Ameen takes the mic
Ameen: We’ve never actually played together except last night on tables … until they told us to stop!  With Afro-Cuban and Latin music  you can keep layering things on top of it.  What were doing was really playing off of the clave.  We were using the clave as our basis, as a time shifte to get to different tempos and feels.

Flores: Can I explain to about Salsa music? (Demonstrates different salsa paterns on the conga and adds triplets and double time to the pattern. He then splits up up among 2, 3, 4, and 5 congas.)

Carballo: This is the first time I get to perform with 2 drummers in one setting.  It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of chemistry to have to keep time.

Flores: Questions?

Q: For Carballo, where did you learn to play?  The street?
Carballo: I learned a lot in the street.  I also have a church background, but it’s definitely a lot from the street.

3:44 Play another piece.  Starts with huge syncopated, unison licks before setling into a 6/8 Afro-Cuban-esque groove.  There is so much happening on stage, it’s really hard to comprehend it all.  Ameen is laying down another clave cowbell and going on top of that, Flores is going berserk on the congas, and Carballo is hammering away on the HH.  The piece ends with a unison lick that obvioulsy Carballo doesn’t know ad he is reigned to sitting quietly as Flores and Ameen bash away.

3:50 Thank yous and it’s over.

Johnny Rabb & Marco Minnemann Clinic

11:11 PAS guy out and introduces DW rep. Thanks sponsors

11:12 Rabb and Minneman take the stage. Johnny takes the stage and gives some live to Marco. Gives Mrco a lobster pot holder and a kitchen towel.

JR: We’re gonna start with some improv. Marco’s gonna wear the potholder while he plays! (laughter)

11;14 Begin to play. Launch into a DnB piece. JR has a drumbal on his snare. They trade licks and are tearing it up! Lots of one handed rolls and free-hand technique. They take turns trading licks in DnB grooves. Marco leaves the stage and Rabb takes an extended solo. Rabb is a real ham when he performs! Lots of stick tricks and a smile always on his face. Liberal use of the drumbal and techno/DnB grooves. Piece ends with “Shave and a Haircut.” (laughter)

11:31 Second piece. More of a straight ahead groove played to loops from an SPD-S. Rabb leaves the stage and Marco now takes an extended solo. Ripping kick chops! Superimposing different meters over feet patterns. The gong bass adds a nice texture to the solo! I like the way he’s incorporating it into his grooves. Lots of textural exploration with sounds burtsing from all over the kit. Now, he’s playing as fast he can to the big finale! Or was it? Fakie ending into more chops! Also ends his piece with “Shave and a Haircut.” (applause)

11:45 Marco and Rabb take the mic. Thank yous.

JR: He’s a little improv going into one of our favorite tributes. Hopefully you’ll recognize it.

11:46 Starts off with blazing swing ride and DnB style licks. Marco starts it off as Rabb gets set. Rabb plays groove on V drums. The sub frequencies in the kick are eating through my skull!  Rabb cues the SPD-S again with DnB hits and Buck Nelson vocal samples!  Rabb plays with the vocal hits and Marco imitates them on the kit.  He makes grooves out of samples from the video.  HYSTERICAL! “Francis Ford Coppola!  Buck Nelson!”


11:59 Standing ovation!  Fantastic performance.  Not so much a clinic.

Steve Ferrone Clinic

5:10 After a long wait in the lobby, we’re finally in. There’s a 3 piece band setup on stage.

5:16 Intro from the Sabian A&R guy. He’s played with Tom Petty. Turns out it’s pronounced “ferron-y” like pepperoni.

5:17 SF takes the stage.

SF: It’s a whole new day in America, eh? I gotta get that out of the way. I’m so proud of all of you, and what you did the other day. No matter who you voted for. So proud, that I’m going to join you and I’m going to become a citizen! (He’s from the UK and has lived in the US since 1974.).

Now I’m going to play a solo. I don’t like doing solos so we’ll see what happens.

5:20 Plays solo. Punchy start the lays into big groove. He’s playing a green Gretsch 4pc with Sabian cymbals. Goes into Latin section before huge rolls around the kit. Read more

Gavin Harrison Clinic

2:58 waiting for clinic. They’re playing Alice Cooper.

3:01 Vic firth guy comes out and is way too excited.

3:02 GH takes the stage. He’s got a beautiful 7pc sonar in burled maple. Plays to a track that starts with loops then into a clav bass thing. He’s playing pretty straight forward groove. He’s very clean and the kick sounds sweet. Snare has a nice woody pop. He reminds me of Neal Peart in his body language. There are some percussion loops in the track that give the illusion that he is playing more instruments.

3:07 Launches into a Porcupine Tree tune, Sound of Muzak Read more

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