Posted by fiddlepogo on Saturday, September 21, 2013
Well, the high hat stand had gotten sold already, so I'm making do with the First Act stand for now.
The thought occurred to me that now that I have a hard shell case for the baritone ukulele, I could repurpose the gig bag as a stick and accessory bag. Later in the evening I realized that I could even use it as a cymbal bag, since the cymbals are 14 inchers... but it's tight!
I had a good practice this evening. I'm doing something I THINK is a "flamicue" which works out to be a triplet... at least the way I'm playing it. And tonight it was getting really easy! Rolls were also getting easier, and I found myself doing creative things with the sticks on the tom and high hat... holding the stick down after impact to get a semi-muffled sound. I also got going well on a backbeat rock-ish rhythm.
I had also bought a foam cymbal washer pad for $2.00. I tried it UNDER the bottom hat... no cigar. Then I tried it as a replacement for the bottom pad on the top cymbal, and it tames a ringiness the cymbal has when open.
Tweaking works on drums too!!!
And, at the end of the practice session, I even figured out how to do the drum equivalent of a Syncoshuffle!
After drumming a good long time, I had a short practice session on fiddle, and it went really well- the drumming seems to enhance my Old Time playing. I have long felt that what I've been doing is "playing drums with the bow", and playing actual drums enhances that, plus I think my right arm gets thoroughly warmed up and used to moving VERY precisely.
I read the wikipedia article on hi-hats a few days ago, and it gave me an idea:
The cheesy First Act cymbals sound awful when open, but they have nice sizzle when closed. So rather than rushing to get a splash cymbal, I think I'll find some way of mounting the First Act hi-hat cymbals as x-hats.
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