November 24, 2005

Am I too loud?

Last night while drumming in a Wild Party rehearsal, I hit a cymbal and my stick snapped in half. This stick was less than a fortnight old and had only been taken out of its packet for Fame.

Am I bit too violent with the drums? Or is it because I did too many rim shots on the timbales?


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  1. As I recall you showed us your sticks after like day 1 and they were truly f**ked up…

    24 Nov 2005, 20:53

  2. Are you supposed to oil them or treat them or rub salt into them so they last longer or something.

    Or is that omlette pans?

    24 Nov 2005, 21:35

  3. I've very rarely had problems with your drumming Sam, I find you very consistent and adaptable. I suspect your sticks get more of a pounding than they should at times because the blue music centre drum kit is quite a bit out of tune (at least I feel it is, because I have to gate it REALLY tightly to get a nice sound) and therefore the inclination is generally to hit harder to get the right noises.

    I still think you're a rocking drummer even if MTW do have to keep you in sticks ;)

    25 Nov 2005, 09:49

  4. No, you're not too loud at all… unless you're in a Wind Orchestra rehearsal and I'm sat right in front of you! :-p

    25 Nov 2005, 10:24

  5. I think you're right about them being out of tune Chris – it's probably because the skins haven't been replaced since I started uni and they've had a good battering since then! When I try to tune them now I just turn the key and hope…

    25 Nov 2005, 11:18

  6. You tune kit drums?

    Wonders will never cease.

    You're certainly not too loud in Brass Band.

    25 Nov 2005, 11:52

  7. Matt Shields

    Maybe you should borrow that funky decibel meter from the boat we played on in the Thames? :-P

    25 Nov 2005, 14:06

  8. I didn't think there was such a thing as too loud in drumming….

    26 Nov 2005, 10:49

  9. Lucy Griffiths

    I'm sorry, did I read that right… "I did too many rim shots on the timbales". Nice.

    26 Nov 2005, 11:52

  10. There certainly isn't such a thing as too many rim shots on the timbales!

    28 Nov 2005, 00:45

  11. The only "too loud" on the drums is when the skin breaks. Play louder!

    29 Nov 2005, 13:09

  12. Yeh, the ones on the blue kit need replacing anyway, might as well trash them first!

    29 Nov 2005, 15:08

  13. yay for loudness! we are blatantly the superior wind orchestra section anyway, so we might as well drown out everyone else :-p

    30 Nov 2005, 08:47

  14. "we are blatantly the superior wind orchestra section anyway"
    No you're not. The brass section quite obviously are. We can play loud AND tunefully. All you can do is make a great racket :-p

    "We might as well drown out everyone else"
    That's OUR job!!

    30 Nov 2005, 10:25

  15. Yes, so I gathered from the fortissimo bits in The Ringing Isle… My ears still haven't recovered!

    I'd say quietness rocks – and indeed it does at times – but I can go with loudness as well. There's something immensely satisfying about playing loudly, even if it does irritate whoever's in front of you!

    Personally though I think you're all too loud :-P

    30 Nov 2005, 21:41

  16. Although obviously I meant "quietness rocks" in the sense that quietness/calmness can often be a good thing; given that quietness is somewhat the antithesis of rock, perhaps should have thought that one through first!

    30 Nov 2005, 21:43


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