Monthly Archives: April 2011

cymbal storage

well, once upon a time, i used to build bikes.
racebikes, to be exact.
last year, i sold my last one. cuz i did not use it ever.
you are right, sad story.

i got a new one. well, a used one. right away. thick tires, lotsa gears.
you know the deal.
and for the first time, i felt not only the need but also the justification to
attach a baggage porter to it.
so useful. yet so unthinkable in a racer.

yes, i am getting to the point in a bit.

i tried several models of baggage porters.
which then left me with un-used ones.

and since storing cymbals is kinda tough, cuz they are not supposed to lie flat,
and are actually not supposed to stand for a long time either,
i came up with this:

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set up

i just witnessed greatness at a show of „Garaj Mahal“ at the Messe. at Peter Coura’s guitar shop, to be exact.
drummer, err, musician extraordinaire Sean Rickman (link here as well), with
Kai Eckhardt on  bass, joined by Torsten deWinkel on guitars.

uhm, to topic, yes:
Sean shared an interesting idea for a small footprint 4 piece setup, referring to a Pearl-type tom mounting system:
he places the rod for the smaller tom into the right bass drum clamp, pointing to the left.
and the rod for the „floor“-rack tom into the left clamp, pointing to the right.
but this one upside down, so the short end goes into the bass drum clamp, and the long part faces towards the tom.
interesting, eh?

as soon as i catch him doing this, i will post a pic here!

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i had recently posted this on my facebook page.
because this site here has not been invented then.
but i feel like it should be here now:




it’s an exercise i have put together for myself.
it stems from invert paradiddle, so the double stroke rolls go „off-beat to downbeat“.
then the accents (rim shots) get more and more close together, until we got a single stroke roll between rim shots and kick drum.
and then back to top.
i usually start really slow, and try to gradually break the sound barrier of course 🙂

sticking could / should be reversed at times of course. accents can be placed around the kit (duh).
oh, and the hihat adds a nice groove, and well, a challenge as well.

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