Hello sports fans and drummers. Brechtlein here. Lately I’ve been messing around with my bass drum, trying different head combinations. I’ll probably come full circle (no pun intended) and realize that my original head combination works best for me. You know what I’m talking about. Right now I’m checking out a Remo Powerstroke 3 clear on the batter side and a Remo Renaissance head on the front with a hole on the lower left side (if you’re sitting behind the kit). There is no padding in the bass drum and I like the way it sounds. Listen ... pretty good, huh? Check it out again ... ! You can play real soft with this combination.
Yeah, I know what you’re saying: “I used that head combination a long time ago. What’s so new about that?” Well there is nothing new about that. I just stopped chickening out about using this combination on a gig. So far I like it. I’ll let you know if I still like using these heads in the next article.
Well, now that we made some headway into this article (ouch!) let me show you some new-old-pseudo-Latin/salsa I heard. These examples are pretty self-explanitory. Check them out. Have fun with them. See if you can HEAD out in different directions with them. All right! I’ll stop! Talk to you later.
Tom Brechtlein has played with Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Robben Ford & The Blue Line