There are a ton of different drum brands that I like, but my favorite has got to be Drum Workshop. Every DW set I’ve tried playing produced extremely rich and pure sounds. My favorite cymbal brand is Zildjian. For drumsticks, I usually go with Vic Firth, but I’ve also owned a few pairs of Zildjian sticks as well as a pair of Ahead sticks.
My ultimate dream set would look something like this:
It consists of all maple DW shells (two snare, four toms, one bass) and Zildjian cymbals (hi-hats, one splash, three crash, one ride, and one china.)
I’ve noticed that I haven’t said much about my drumming experience on here, so here I go…
I started playing the drums when I was 12. My uncle gave a few lessons here and there, but when I joined the school jazz band club I really started to pick it up. The excitement and passion that comes with playing an instrument really moved me. I started listening to a bunch of different kinds of music just so I could pick out the drum parts and try to play them. When I got into high school, I tried out for the drumline and managed to get the second snare position. I only did marching band for half the year because I transferred to another school. At my new school, I played in the concert band for one year and got some experience playing a ton of percussion instruments. I’d like to think of myself as a well-rounded percussionist because of my different experiences.
That’s me playing for the Cutler Ridge Middle School Jazz Band back in 7th grade. Check out that sick bow tie!
My favorite genres to play are funk, punk and jazz, and I especially love improv jam sessions.
The first set I had was actually my uncle’s. He let me use it all throughout middle school and high school. It was an old five-piece Ludwig set from the early 90s with a metallic silver finish. I had one ride, hi-hats, one splash, two crash, one china and a couple of cowbells. I added on some rotary toms, an extra snare (that sounded super damp) and an electronic drum pad. Man, do I miss that set. Unfortunately my then uncle is now my…well…former uncle, so I can’t visit my baby anymore.
Now, all I have is a basic Alesis electronic set to practice on. If anyone has a full acoustic set to donate to a financially-struggling college student, let me know!
Tell me about your drumming experience in the comment section below.
I’ve been to about 20 to 30 concerts in my life, so I’ve seen a good amount of drum solos. The drum solo is always one of my favorite parts of a show. One has to be a drummer to even begin to understand the technicality of some of the things these legendary drummers do.
5. Carter Beauford
Beauford starts off the list at number five. I especially love his playing style. He turns his palms upward when he plays which is very unorthodox, but it seems to help the flow of his fills.
4. Lars Ulrich
Ulrich has a very powerful playing style which, in return, makes his solos very powerful. When he hits the heads, he hits them HARD.
3. Travis Barker
I loved Barker’s solo because he mixed in some hip-hop elements into it. He also performed his solo on a moving platform that spun him around and put him go upside down. It was rad.
2. Joey Jordison
Jordison takes speed to a whole new level. He’s a beast with the double pedals and incorporated them into almost every song and solo. Oh, and his set also awesomely moves around.
1. Neil Peart
Of course, Neil Peart tops off my list. Just watch the video, you’ll understand why.
Which drum solo is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below.
Back when I played the snare drum for the marching band in high school, I found that not a lot of people know about the origins of the traditional snare drum grip. If you’ve ever seen a marching band, you might’ve noticed that the snare drummers play with their left hands turned upward like this:
Photo credit: Brad Halls
The reason for this awkward-looking grip is that drummers from previous eras played with snare drums that were angled off to the right due to the fact that the drums had a single sling. This can be seen in the painting Spirit of ’76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1875.
Spirit of ’76
People continue to use the traditional style grip either because they prefer the technique over the more common matched-style grip or because it’s a tradition to use it. According to Steve Fidyk from the Modern Drummer Education Team, “traditional grip is useful to learn because it produces a certain sound that works great when playing drumming patterns in the rudimental/traditional style.” Another member of the Education Team, Bill Bachman, doesn’t feel the same way. “I’ve yet to find anything traditional grip can do—from a technical perspective—that matched grip can’t do better,” he stated.
Whatever style you use, enjoy what you do! Don’t let people tell you that you’re doing something right or wrong. It’s all about preference and comfort. If you agree or disagree, or simply have thoughts on the matter, please comment below.
The University of South Florida Jazz Combos band performed on Nov. 13, 2013 in the Barness Recital Hall. Mitchell Montgomery did an extraordinary job interpreting some difficult drum parts. Songs played by the group include Miles Davis’ “Nardis” and John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Silence.” Accompanied with this post are a few photos from the show.
If you have any cool concert stories, please share them below!