Drumming Then And Now—Make your contribution

Posted: April 30, 2013 04:27 PM

rosegate

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Drumming Then And Now: Can You Add To This List?

Then: You learned from teachers who started you on a pad for three months.
Now: You grab your sticks and start watching Youtube. Then you go get a teacher.

Then: You hired union musicians to record a demo.
Now: You open your laptop and start recording your demo to Garage Band.

Then: When the producer wanted some interesting percussion on a track you brought in a conga player.
Now: When the producer wants some interesting percussion on a track, you open up Ableton Live.

Then: The goal was a contract with a major record company.
Now: You don’t need the major companies. You go straight to your fans on social media and if there are enough of them the record companies will follow.

Then: You played for $300 a night and your rent was $250.
Now: You play for $300 a night and your rent is $1000.

Then:John Bonham was the biggest influence on drummers.
Now: John Bonham is the biggest influence on drummers.

Add to this list? How is the world better? Or worse? I’m giving snare wires to the best answers and sharing them here. Or just email me below.
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Posted: April 30, 2013 06:50 PM

tawnneywolf

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Then you needed a 15 inch monitor to hear your kick drum
Now you have in ears and a machine that kicks your butt

Posted: April 30, 2013 07:44 PM

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rosegate - 30 April 2013 04:27 PM

Drumming Then And Now: Can You Add To This List?

Then: You learned from teachers who started you on a pad for three months.
Now: You grab your sticks and start watching Youtube. Then you go get a teacher.

Then: You hired union musicians to record a demo.
Now: You open your laptop and start recording your demo to Garage Band.

Then: When the producer wanted some interesting percussion on a track you brought in a conga player.
Now: When the producer wants some interesting percussion on a track, you open up Ableton Live.

Then: The goal was a contract with a major record company.
Now: You don’t need the major companies. You go straight to your fans on social media and if there are enough of them the record companies will follow.

Then: You played for $300 a night and your rent was $250.
Now: You play for $300 a night and your rent is $1000.

Then:John Bonham was the biggest influence on drummers.
Now: John Bonham is the biggest influence on drummers.

Add to this list? How is the world better? Or worse? I’m giving snare wires to the best answers and sharing them here. Or just email me below.
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Stefano Ashbridge emailed me with this:

Then: You had 3 cymbals companies and 5 or so drum companies to choose from.
Now: You can choose between hundreds of cymbal and drum manufacturers.

Then: Stupid drummer jokes weren’t funny.
Now: Stupid drummer jokes still aren’t funny.

He wins a set of snare wires!

Posted: April 30, 2013 07:45 PM

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Pete Hammoura added this:

Then:  A second bass drum was added to the kit to accent grooves and fills
Now:  Two bass drums is required and you need to double kik at 300bpm


He wins a prize!

Posted: May 01, 2013 06:39 AM

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Albert Parsons (UK) adds

Then you joined the local Scout Band and learn’t the beats from the other drummers.
Now; you join the local Scout Band and receive the best tuition from experienced teachers from the Royal Marines Band.

Then, in Great Britain the only tuition magazine was STYX, run by Maz Abrahms & Charlie Botterill;
Now the number of magazines are legion and the Internet information is amazing.

Posted: May 01, 2013 09:26 AM

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Phil Hood - 01 May 2013 06:39 AM

Albert Parsons (UK) adds

Then you joined the local Scout Band and learn’t the beats from the other drummers.
Now; you join the local Scout Band and receive the best tuition from experienced teachers from the Royal Marines Band.

Then, in Great Britain the only tuition magazine was STYX, run by Maz Abrahms & Charlie Botterill;
Now the number of magazines are legion and the Internet information is amazing.


Charlie Doherty adds
Then: You had a choice of a half-dozen drum and a few cymbal companies.
Now: You can choose from scores of drum and dozens of cymbal brands.

Ain’t it the truth. I calculate there are now more than 30 cymbal companies selling in the US. There are easily 200+ custom drum builders plus Gretsch, Tama, Pearl, DW, Ludwig, Sonor, Taye, Peace, Drumcraft, Natal, Yamaha, Premier, etc.

Posted: May 01, 2013 09:31 AM

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From Zach Bowers

Then: Music and the Arts were supported and encouraged as part of American culture.
Now: We are at risk of losing arts programs in schools around the country.

True Zach, but here’s a weird fact. Sales of band and orchestra instruments are holding steady and doing better than acoustic drum set. Why? Because parents and boosters refuse to give up on these programs even if they lose funding.

Posted: May 02, 2013 12:09 PM

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Then: Your dream kit had 8 toms and 2 crash cymbals.

Now: Your dream kit has 2 toms and 8 crash cymbals.

Posted: May 02, 2013 03:09 PM

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Note from Larry Koch:
  I am a member of the Iowa RocknRoll Hall of Fall/ inducted in 2003 (hit record in the 60’s) , as is my brother..

I am still playing 4 to 5 times per month/ with Sugar Moon Band and Kenny Frette/ country/ old time swing/ bluegrass, R and b.  I was very blessed to have piano training as a kid then, horns and drums…  Still doing the show drumming…Love the new equipment coming down the line, Been with DRUM MAG for Awhile

        THEN:  Light hardware stands , easy to lift, shakey in the wind.
        NOW: Stable Tripod base stands, “heavy”, but durable and multi-positioned.

          THEN:  you write songs, record them, get a hit, get an agent and tour
          NOW: you play familiar songs, connect with those individuals who still dance, hand out schedules and play regularly.

        THEN:  you get gigs based on the TOP 40 songs that you can play with good vocals/ instrumental skills.
        NOW: you get gigs, by making initial face to face contact with marketing director at the casino/entertainment mgr at fraternals/ or “volunteers” who develop the event.

      THEN:  you use posters/ mail/ phone to set up engagements
        NOW: you email, refer patrons to the Website/ Facebook/ and network to maintain regular gigs.

    THEN:  4 drums,1 ride cymbal, 1 crash, 1 hi-hat, 1 throne… and ….. maybe cases….
    NOW:   1 snare drum, 1 other snare drum for “room” issues,  1 or more toms, Possibly a floor tom, Latin percussion (bongos/conga), 1 double pedal,1 hi-hat stand, 1 remote hi-hat, 1 set of rigid hi-hats, 1 or 2 ride cymbals, 2 or more crashs,  China Cymbal ?, Effects ?........a most….  COMFORTABLE Throne.

MY BEST TO YOU AND THE GANG.