Latest Kit Setup

This is actually a few days old. I’m moved the kit out of the VR space and into it’s actual “home.” I’ve also added another cymbal pad in the middle. Been playing around with running the triggers through Superior Drummer. Not sure if I like it better, but there’s a steep learning curve with this…

Automatic Grand Meetup 2016

I recently attended my sixth Grand Meetup, the yearly tradition at Automattic where the entire company gathers together for a week. This year’s GM is a blur, as usual. I taught a class on user interface design (my first time!), played in the Automatic band, had lots of one-on-one meetings, spent a full day with…

Dusty Electronics

I spent my Sunday cleaning the V-Drum pads. I didn’t realize they are open on the bottom. The years in the garage left a lot of dust on ’em. Thankfully easy to clean. And the white heads are washable!

Making quiet loud

I grabbed speakers out of my parents attic. I used these to practice drums back in high school. They’re a little worse for the wear, but working. Now I can make the normally quiet V-Drums loud. It’s so satisfying.  And the kids like to have a dance party while I play. 

Triggers have arrived

The triggers arrived today. They’re super simple, and with limited testing (my son, Mason, has played more today than I have) there was no need to be worried; The triggers work perfectly.  It took a few minutes to completely unscrew the lugs, but I think I’m going to appreciate the “permanence” of the triggers. They’re…

So much hardware…

I’ve continued to adjust the hybrid setup. I took the Roland v-drum rack, and disassembled it down to just three legs and two spans. I added an additional arm to mount the TD-12 module—one less piece of hardware to lug around. The Roland rack is super light, but can’t hold anything heaver than a pad. In…

Old Becomes New

  About a year ago, I bought a new drumset. That makes four kits in total; A new Tama Superstar kit, an older Tama Rockstar kit, a TD-12 v-drum kit, and a TD-9 v-drum kit. Shortly after I bought the new Tama kit, I refinished the old one. I removed the old, beat up, wine-colored…

Al Gore Rhythm Gig Fliers

I’m in a 90’s cover band called Al Gore Rhythm. We’ve booked a few shows this summer and we wanted to hang a handful of fliers around town to advertise. Trapper Keeper and Saved By The Bell were huge inspirations.

Years of Gunk

This is 10+ years of dust and bar gunk from my older drum kit. I should have cleaned these years ago.

Carter Beauford: Under the Table and Drumming

I can’t believe this is on YouTube. I must have watched this a dozen times on VHS. I recall the VHS coming with a few booklets of drum song and practice patterns. It wasn’t well made and fell apart. I found one of the booklets for purchase online, but I haven’t found a good quality, downloadable PDF…

Another streak…

I’ve played drums every day for the past week for at least an hour a day. This used to be the norm, and will be again. Thanks to the reestablished practice kit and—unexpectedly—YouTube, this is the most consistent practice schedule I’ve kept in years.

Virtual Drums: The Future From the 80’s

I finally got around to setting up my larger electric kit, the V-Drums. I’ve had a very minimal practice kit setup in my office for the past year-or-so, using the Roland TD-12 with 2 of the cheapo rubber pads, one cymbal pad, and the KD-8 kick pad. It was find for basic rudiments, but never quite…

How to Tune Your Drums

YouTube is a treasure trove of learning for a drummer. The number of drum-less tracks alone is mind boggling.

The New Kit

Picked up a new kit a few weeks ago. Its nothing fancy; A basic Tama Superstar 5-peice. Now I just need a new ride…

Minimal Acoustic Practice

A semi-quiet practice with just the basics and some Cool Rods, which I eventually abandoned in favor of some really light sticks.