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1 What is this thing called love on Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:38 am

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2 Re: What is this thing called love on Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:52 am

I liked your solo. Not sure about the rest of the piece, though. It sort of just meandered along with no real presence or vibe. It sounded like something you could have played brushes all the way through, but sticks were just as appropriate. It was a tune that evoked more of an open bass drum tone to me, as well, but that is just my take on mid-way tunes like that. Dinner music.

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3 Re: What is this thing called love on Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:20 pm

I agree about the open bass drum sound. I need to make that happen. I've been dampening it because we do some funkier stuff.
Yeah I'm not really familiar with the tune and it was the first time the sax player sat in with us.
It was just off the cuff. I think I did play brushes all the way through the entire set.

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4 Re: What is this thing called love on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:17 pm

My opinion....  Several things I've discovered for myself:

WHENEVER you can mic your entire kit, DO SO!  It makes
a world of difference!  You swung the heck out of this, Kenny!
The problem as I heard it is you couldn't hear many of the
details, like the the stick dancing on the ride cymbal or the
ghost notes on the snare that I'm sure you were playing!

The bass drum sounded great I thought but it's presence
overshadowed the rest of the kit.  It was if you had the
kick miked and nothing else.

When you can't hear the details, it will give the impression
of just sort of muddling through a piece.  The note I was
able to hear from your bass drum was just perfect as far
as I was concerned.  I too dug your solo but again, many
of the details were lost...  

Drummers, MIC your kit whenever you can even in the least
of available playing options and circumstances!...  It makes
a ton of difference.

I also enjoyed the sax and guitar solos.

Opinion: Brushes on the melody, sticks on the solo sections

Nice job, Kenny!

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5 Re: What is this thing called love on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:36 pm

Wow thank you ! It was brushes throughout the tune as the bassists's amp malfunctioned! So I was forced to use brushes and was trying to stay as quiet as I could. The zoom recorder was placed in front of the guitarist pretty much so it picked him up mainly. It's just a little supper club and a LOUD room and we are normally a bit rowdy for the place.also the volume dropped due to the recorder's built in control to keep it from clipping. So not great recording by any means but you get the basic feeling. It's been a great learning experience.

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6 Re: What is this thing called love on Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:52 pm

Yes...  What I've discovered is miking works wonders not only
for volume but also for presence.  Many bands have a hard time
controlling the stage volume and a big reason for this the players
can't hear themselves as they need to.  

I always find myself competing with the guitar when the amp is to
my immediate right. Now that the entire band gets miked and everyone
can hear everything, the stage volume is a lot lower while actually
adding presence and sonic intensity from the band to the room at a more
well rounded volume that actually fills the room instead of focused, narrow
beams of sound being hurled at the listeners from the stage which is much
more harsh and damaging to the ears.

And what's neat is even when having to play at a low volume when miked,
all the incidentals get picked up.

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