Archive for the ‘Cymbals’ Category

The recent move by Sabian to drop its Vault Series does not mean the many innovative cymbal models in Vault are going away. Rather, they have been rebranded as AAX, HHX, AA or HH.  (more…)

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Q: Do you feel any pressure when recording to make an album as commercially successful as your previous one?

A: After Dave Navarro left the band and John came back, no one really knew what was going to happen. We just started making (more…)

Q: Was it odd to be the most famous drummer using Orthodox grip?

A: Oh no, Vinnie’s orthodox, there’s a few of us left! What I like is that the youngsters REVERE the orthodox grip, they’re full of reverence for it. I was taught from the age of nine, I am classically trained, in the drums at least, the harmony came a while later. All my technique is absolutely correct. And it really helps. I warm up with rudiments. I just find that I have a better show, if I warm up correctly, doing the correct rudiments, get my paradiddles just perfect. It’s like eating my greens! My technique is absolutely correct. (more…)

Q: How about a complete break down of all of your Dream Theater touring drum kits?

A: I’m using either a Pearl Reference Pure kit or a Pearl Masterworks kit. The two 22″ center bass drums are identical in size in order to play typical double bass patterns and to be able to play single kick patterns with either foot. And sometimes I want to free (more…)

Ok, once again, it’s time for a cool drum laugh!

Right know, what we have here is a cool video captured by a Vinnie Colaiuta fan when  (more…)

Enjoy this free drumless playalong (more…)

Yes, time for a cool drum laugh!

Let’s have a bit of “Flam-rest!” … (more…)

Zildjian announces 2012 as a big year for cymbal fans while creating brand-new techniques to incorporate into new products.  The new Sound Lab features Zildjian’s R&D Director, Paul Francis, playing each of Zildjian’s new cymbals and also giving a bit of background on the development process.

Recorded with high-end audio equipment, the Sound Lab Videos offer the (more…)

Q: How do you tune your drums?

A: Until the thing’s about ready to pop. Because I discovered two things – first, the response is much better. And also, when you have the drums tuned to a high pitch, there’s still in that sound a lot of low end. Your ear responds to the high end, but the low end is still in there, and since it still exists, through equalisation of the PA you can can roll off a lot of the high end and roll on a lot of bass, and you can get that thick boom, but still have that attack, that cut. (more…)

Let’s play what we like most! This time, we ask Lars Ulrich to jump out of his great Tama drum kit and to let us sit on his stool and play along with his band mates…

Enjoy this free drumless playalong (more…)