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1 Thomas Lang on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:55 am

Here's another great drummer applying technique, speed, dexterity, control, etc...all the elements of pure soloing. Give the video up to the 1.50-60 point when Lang starts to really through it in high gear...all way around the kit, from bottom up and around. What makes this solo interesting and different is his use of that clave-like drum on his bottom left foot executing a complex poly rhythmic pattern, producing two entirely different beats simultaneously.



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2 Re: Thomas Lang on Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:31 am


I'm one who has praised his playing on this forum, many times over the years. Unfortunately, people have him pegged as a professional clinician and that's unfortunate, but I understand their opinion. He needs to play out with some well-known bands so people can hear him play. I've seen him play in clinic and met him. He's a very friendly man. He did try out for the Dream Theatre gig, but they went with Mangini. Technique-wise, there are few who can compare with him. Virgil is the only one who comes to mind. Maybe one day , Lang will get better recognition than he does.


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3 Re: Thomas Lang on Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:46 pm

Yes Ted, I agree but as we know the man is what he is and extremely well at what he does. I'm sure he can play anything and appears he has the maturity that gives him that edge over the cockiness that are, at times, notable among competitive young drummers. In my opinion, Lang may be unappreciated or misunderstood but his solo performance to doing clinics is the substance in the pudding and is renown to being the man of the season in that aspect...period.

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4 Re: Thomas Lang on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:42 pm

I think Thomas is everything that both you, Rac and Ted
says he is. I personally would like to see him apply what
he does in more musical situations. When I hear Thomas
play with a band I'm really not that impressed. But the
guy knocks your socks off when it's just him and a set of
drums.

I guess there are more than one ways to skin a cat and
I guess in like manner there are several platforms from
which to express yourself from the drum set. When it's
all said and done, mine just happens to be the platform
of music.

There's enough chops master clips to look at till the cows
come home. What Thomas does he does very well...
And, boy, can he twirl those sticks!

Okay, now what?

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5 Re: Thomas Lang on Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:03 pm


Okay Don,, this is for you ! Here's the man playing a tune : Please watch the whole piece and then let me know what you think !


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAZetFXuCYQ





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6 Re: Thomas Lang on Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:07 am

I listened to the entire piece, Ted.

First let me clarify something... I actually meant
with a live band, real musicians in real time and
not something that has been pre worked out and
worked in till the finish product is right where you
like it. I have seen Thomas perform to music minus
ones many times and it's always the same. An array
of perfectly executed chops over everything. To watch
and hear Thomas play is about your attention being
drawn to Thomas. The music is merely a platform for
him to showcase HIMSELF. This is the exact same
issue I take with Tony Royster. Don't misunderstand
me.

They're monsters..... They're monsters ALL the time...
When they play, they make sure that they are the
feature attraction be it among the other players or
the music itself. Everything was right on time, didn't
miss a beat! I'd just like to hear some well blended
music sometimes without an onslaught of drumchops.

Mike Mangini got the Dream Theater gig because he
played the most musical and captured the musical
essence the band was looking for. Everyone after
him (including Virgil) went in unleashing drumming
hell.

Have you seen the clip D.L. put up of Joel Rosenblatt?!
That kind of player is what I call a drummer's drummer.
Better yet, a BAND'S drummer.

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7 Re: Thomas Lang on Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:18 pm


Okay Don, I did some more searching to try and find something with Thomas in a live situation and I found this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9DVKNEzA20


This is from this year with the Paul Gilbert band. I was not familiar with him at all, but after watching this clip and some others, I was very impressed with his playing and I liked the music I heard very much. So now I'm thanking you for inadvertently turning me on to Paul Gilbert.

the clip contains two songs from the House of Blues and you can't see Thomas a lot, but you can certainly hear him. So see what you think of these.


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8 Re: Thomas Lang on Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:57 pm

Ted,

I can say that it's not the music I'd want to listen to
for a full night. But considering what it is as a whole,
Thomas did a good job with it. In truth, what I hear
is a lot of bashing going on, not just with Thomas but
the entire band. Dynamically speaking I don't think
anyone got the job dpne, but I do think that Thomas
played the gig situation... In truth for me however
nothing was done that wasn't expected. What Thomas
did is exactly what I would have guessed from him,
considering what I've heard him do in past circumstances.

But it's really cool to actually see and hear him work in real
time with a group of real, live band members. I didn't care
for the music that much but I think that they are good for
Thomas and he's good for them.

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9 Re: Thomas Lang on Thu May 30, 2013 7:00 am

Seems to me that when Thomas was given the gig for the instructional videos years back now, you'd have to say he'd made name recognition for himself.

I've never liked any of the music I've heard him play to. Same goes for Marco Minnemann. Great drummers, but seem drawn to raw styles of sound and genre. Gives me a headache.

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