Musicians, what are you practicing?
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15-09-2015, 10:16 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
(15-09-2015 10:11 PM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  You should!

It'd be easier if I was back in Kingston, 'cause I knew a great dude back there. Had the same name as me and everything! But out here the one possibility I've known is out in the valley, and that's a prohibitively far trip out, for a man without a car. All goes well I'll catch him on campus in the near future, and we'll see.

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15-09-2015, 10:28 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
(15-09-2015 09:19 PM)cjlr Wrote:  My saxophone is broken... I should really get to a guy to service that.

Sounds painful Tongue

I'm on a maintenance plan at the moment Confused I've learned maybe one new tune in the past two weeks - a reel called "The Quiet Man", although I just looked for it on youtube and the ones I can find there aren't the tune I'm playing... otherwise ye band is learning some pretty songs, but easy as mud.

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15-09-2015, 10:34 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
(15-09-2015 09:19 PM)cjlr Wrote:  My saxophone is broken... I should really get to a guy to service that.


Get into it. Smile


I know that song Thumpa. Smile

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17-09-2015, 08:11 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
I am practicing tambourine today. Trying to get it dead on the the click while swinging as well.

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18-09-2015, 06:33 AM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
Well I took it pretty easy today. Over the course of about 3 hours I worked on tambourine, caxixi, cabasa, combinations of cabasa and caxixi. Maracas, pandeiro and a little shakers. All to a click. Getting it dead on. Going from straight 8ths to swung 8ths and back again, spreading them over 4 and 8 bars.

I took it very easily after last Tuesday's debacle. Which was foolish. I sounded crap on the cuica and then it was 1 note, 1 1/4 note off on the bongos that saw me become a complete mess. I am just not used to being out! Like I said my samba endorser told me I was great and being silly. But to be a fraction out....It was horrifying. That means I have dropped the pocket and let the musicians I am supposed to be supporting down.

I think sometimes we musicians need to understand we have good and bad days and not allow the bad days to ruin the following days. It is called "practice" for a reason. I simply cannot stand that my level has deteriorated so much over the past 13 months.

I am thinking tomorrow I will just practice drum rudiments on the trusty pad. Maybe do 10 hours or so. That'll make me feel better. I was going to buy a double pedal, because I have never liked taking my foot off the hi hat pedal. I love the hats so much. But it'd be good exercise.

So I spoke to # 1's students dad and told him I was going to buy a new Sakae pedal and he was like "Dale, you have enough equipment to start a drum shop. Taso has a spare double pedal. Just use that!" So I think I will. My teacher, Virgil Donati, recently wrote the definitive double kick book. Perhaps I will work through that.

And on Sunday I am teaching a frame drum class at home. $60.00 that will come in handy.

Don't forget to keep us up to date with what you are working on.

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19-09-2015, 10:57 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
I just taught a 2 hour class. Originally it was just going to be an hour. It was a cool lesson. First we focussed on stamina playing 16ths to 8th note triplets at a certain tempo for ten minutes at a time using either one or both hands. Then we did an hour on brushes and 30 minutes on pandeiro. I showed him how to develop pandeiro rhythms to suit western pop music.

He's been with me around four years and has turned into a fine multi percussionist. Now he also wants to play drumset and of course timbales. So I am getting his technique together and his reading has really come along. We will soon complete the Louis Bellson reading in 4/4 time book.

(He originally rang to get djembe lessons but got me instead. Now he plays every damned thing!)

It was nice to have a visitor as well. Smile

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07-10-2015, 02:58 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
just my voice. Doing some scales and exercise, and an oldie now and again for fun.
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07-10-2015, 03:13 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
This is what I'm working on right now. Since Kotzen has been known to have made the switch from "picking with a pick" to finger picking, (which I do NOT do well) I am working on hybrid picking the solo out. It is a cool feel...a rock song with a country-ized solo. One of the reasons I have a major man crush on this guy! He's an unbelievable guitarist and singer. I can't figure out why he isn't a universe superstar.




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07-10-2015, 03:15 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
Nothing! My bass just sits there mocking me.

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07-10-2015, 11:41 PM
RE: Musicians, what are you practicing?
I am currently charting out a set for my new band. Lots of stops and starts.

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