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My name is Patrick, welcome to my website for drummers. If your like me you enjoy playing live music and your instrument of choice is a drum kit. We don't say set. Its a kit. Just like it isn't the big drum, its a bass drum. Anyhow this website is something for me to poke away at late at night when I am unable to bang on the drums. Not so much because of the neighbors all complaining. But more that my wife and daughter are asleep. So here we are, online looking to further my drumming skills with all you.
Stay tuned for more. For those that do know me personally know that I go on and on. I' a bit opinionated. But I'm also smarter than your average bear.
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So, youíve formed a band and you have your first performance Ė itís exciting, right? While this may be true, a lot of bands face difficulties when they first start performing live. If you arenít properly prepared, you could get discouraged when things go wrong and your band isnít getting the response you want. Letís get into some tips that you can use to improve your live performances.
Practicing is one of the most important things your band can do before getting on stage. You donít have to practice your bandís original music Ė you can find guitar chords and tabs to your favorite songs to get better at your instrument. There are free tabs for guitar players available on plenty of websites, so look around and find songs youíll love to practice. Even if you practice using your bandís music, you donít have to play it exactly as itís written. Experimenting is one of the ways you can get better at your instrument, though you should aim to focus instead of just twiddling the strings. Try playing around with the songís set up and finding what sounds best before you go out and put on a show.
A Few Days Before the Show
It may seem like bands just show up and perform, but thereís a bit more to it than that. It takes communication and planning to have a great show, which requires action on your part. Your band will need to create an input list as well as a stage plot before the performance. An input list shows the mics and lines needed for your performance while the stage plot shows your bandís set up once on stage.
Before the day of your show, check all of your bandís equipment to make sure it is functioning properly. You should also make sure that your guitarís strings are fresh and tuned, the drum head is in good condition, and that you have plenty of wireless batteries.
On the Day of the Show
On the day of your bandís gig, be sure that you arrive as early as possible so that you have enough time to set up and hand over your stage plot and input list. Once youíve spoken with the production staff, and have set up your equipment, tune your instruments and get ready for a soundcheck. The amps should be set at an ideal volume so they donít drown out the rest of the band. You should also consider the volume of monitor mixers, which can ruin the sound for fans sitting in the front tow. Some artists prefer bringing in their own mic, so make sure that the band does a quick soundcheck to ensure that each member is heard properly.
In a nutshell, having a great performance takes a lot of preparation. You should practice often, using free tabs for guitar musicians online Ė just make sure any guitar chords and tabs used for practice are transposed properly. Your band should also get all pre-show information and gear so that you know what youíre working with. For gathering more information about the best guitar chords and tabs online please visit https://www.neatchords.com/.
Reflecting on the Passing of Neil Peart and the Mu
Famous Drummer Related: 07/02/20 at 15:04:31 EST by admin
Reflecting on the Passing of Neil Peart and the Music of Rush By [https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Drew_Vics/3327]Drew Vics
As I sit here grappling with the sad passing of Neil Peart, for good reason commonly referred to as the legendary drummer and lyricist for the Canadian rock trio Rush, I'm less grief-stricken than I initially was and have become more reflective. Along with millions of other fans worldwide I cried hard in the first few hours after hearing the news of his death. It hurts bad, but the tears have subsided.
Rush has played such an important role in my life it's impossible to imagine my world without those three guys. My first exposure to their music was sneaking my sister's Archives album from her record collection. I would stare at their pictures and read the liner notes while listening to the incredible music on that compilation of their first three records: Rush, Fly By Night, and Caress of Steel. I was eleven. The following year, 1979, after the release of their fourth album, Hemispheres, my uncle brought my sister and me to see them at Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ. A cooler thing could not have happened to a twelve-year-old kid.
Though complex at times, the ideas presented in their songs fascinated my young mind and made me think differently about things. Rush were very positive mentors for a young boy struggling with feelings of alienation, being "different", and schoolyard bullies. They brought me hope. Somehow just knowing those three guys were out there made me feel better. Their songs elevate me to this day.
Their music holds a charge and the lyrics are beyond thought-provoking; they are expanding. Rush told us it was okay to care, to love, to be afraid, to wonder and be different. They made us think and feel. In the song Vital Signs they told us it is imperative: "Everybody got to deviate from the norm."
With eleven Rush concerts under my belt I am far below par of many die-hard fans but that doesn't mean they haven't had an impact. Rush has made more of an impact on my life than any other band, musically and philosophically.
When I think about it, the reason I am so saddened by Neil Peart's passing is the very reason I am so inspired to continue on and become better than the man I was yesterday. Many of us have been immeasurably influenced by Neil Peart's words and his life. He told us, and indeed showed us, how important it is to fill up our "boxcars" with experiences and wonder. As my train rolls down the tracks of life I'm going to be loading them up more than ever.
There will be no more shows. No more albums. Rush is forever in our memories and in our ears. The last show my wife and I attended was August 10, 2015, in row two of the R40 show in Philadelphia, 36 years after my first concert, and the year they announced it would be their final tour. Fans hoped there might be at least another album but that was the end. Four and a half years later Neil Peart is gone.
I often thought of what I would say if I ever encountered Neil somewhere out and about on his travels. He was a private person, put off and embarrassed by adulation. I figured if I ever encountered him I would just say thank you. The same holds true for Alex and Geddy, just a thank you and a handshake. Maybe a selfie.
So there is just one thing to say now: Rest In Peace Neil Peart, and thank you.
Drew Vics is an artist, musician and amateur writer from Western New York. He has been an avid Rush fan since he was first introduced to their music in the late 1970s. When not traveling he and his wife enjoy cooking, biking, reading and enjoying life in quite, rural America.
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Fix Problems w Ekits: 06/03/20 at 15:05:06 EST by GentleGiant
If you have the urge to make music but never had lessons as a kid ó or quit before you got any good ó don't despair. Sure, most professional musicians started when they were young. But neuroscientists and music teachers alike say it's never too late. And it turns out, the biggest hurdles aren't stiff hands or an aging brain.
For adults, the desire to play an instrument is often awakened by a great piece of music. For filmmaker David Murdock, it was a tune called "George's Dilemma," performed by trumpet player Clifford Brown.
"The more I listened to him, the more I thought, well, maybe I could play this," Murdock says. "So I bought myself a trumpet and an instruction book, and started teaching myself how to play."
But Murdock was living in a crowded apartment building in Manhattan, and practicing quietly was a challenge.
"To really play well, you have to cut loose and blow," he says. "I got a mute, but that didn't work very well. So I'd do things like blow into a pillow, or go into my closet and blow into my coats and clothes. But once in a while I'd practice really loudly."
One day he returned home from work and found that his apartment had been broken into. The door frame was splintered, and the door itself was practically ripped off the hinges. When he called the police and explained that the thief had taken the trumpet, the officer suggested that it might have been one of the neighbors. And that, Murdock says, was the whole investigation. He never got another trumpet. He figured that was his last chance to learn it. Norman Weinberger, a neuroscientist at University of California Irvine who has done pioneering research on the auditory system and the brain, says that while its harder for the mature brain to learn an instrument, it's not impossible. "A lot of people believe the brain isn't very plastic after puberty. In fact, the brain maintains its ability to change," Weinberger says. "Is it as easy to learn something when you're 65 as it is at 5? No. But can it be done? Yes."
For an adult beginner, it can sometimes feel like trying to learn Arabic and ice skating at the same time.
Think about it: When you're hunched over the piano or bowing a violin, you're using your muscles and most of your senses. And your brain is working really hard: You're reading the notes, counting out the rhythm and trying to keep a steady beat and make it sound like music.
That's why, unlike with language, there is no single music center in the brain ó rather, there are a lot of them.
"When brain scans have been done of musicians, you find the enormity of the areas of the brain that are actually being activated," Weinberger explains. Children are growing new brain cells all the time, so when they're learning music, some of those brain cells are devoted to playing their instrument. Adults, on the other hand, have to work with the brain cells they already have and create new connections, or synapses, between them.
Scot Hawkins, a piano teacher in Silver Spring, Md., says that ability is low on the list of what's required for adult students. Instead, attitude ó especially patience ó is everything.
"Adults come in with exorbitant goals about what they can accomplish, and how quickly," he says. "We want to skip steps one through five, and get to step six."
And, unlike children, no one forces adults to practice, so they may never get around to it.
But adults have advantages, too. They can see and hear things in the music that completely escape children.
Architect David Conrad is one of Hawkins' students. He started learning the piano with his son Simon when Simon was 8. When learning a new piece, Conrad spends hours analyzing the music before he sits down to play it. He wants to understand the chords and rhythm and structure of the piece, to figure out what the composer is trying to say.
Conrad says he wanted his son to see him struggle, but he wasn't quite prepared for the fear.
"I played in church one time, and I almost fell onto the keys. My eyes got blurry, like a windshield before you've turned on the wipers," Conrad says. Hawkins says fear of failure is a big issue for his adult students: "We don't want to be seen as incompetent or struggling with a task, because we are so competent in so many areas of our life. We do so many things well, so to start with something we don't do well is a real challenge."
Still, for those who are willing to practice and settle for something less than virtuosity, there are real payoffs. Playing music is great mental exercise and can keep brain cells alive that would otherwise wither and die. And it's fun.
David and Simon Conrad have had their musical setbacks over the years, but they haven't quit. Simon, who is now 16, still takes lessons occasionally. A few months ago, he started teaching himself the saxophone. His dad learned some jazz chords, so now, when Simon needs a break from his homework, they play duets.
It may be hard ó and humbling ó but playing music with someone you love or pursuing a lifelong goal can be infinitely rewarding.