Percussionists...drummers...anyone NOT play guitar?

Discussion in 'Performing Arts' started by Cuban, May 26, 2007.

  1. Cuban

    Cuban Member

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    Just wondering how many of us don't play a stringed instrument...

    Anyone own a nice kit? 10 piece death rock set? 4 piece light jam set?

    Or hand percussion, latin, or african drumming?

    Personally, Im all about hand percussion...

    Spent almost all my life with a 4 piece set....16" bass, 12" Floor, 8"tom, 13" wood snare...all pearl...set of LP Timbales, 3 rides (18, 20, 22), 13" hats, 16" crash, 18" crash, 10" splash, and an 8"splash...all a combination of K, Acustom, and Constantinople Zildjian Cymbals....

    Im also into marching percussion...drum corps (DCI), and Indoor (WGI)....

    speak up in all this stringy madness!
  2. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    hand perc here: djembe and dun jun, and dombeck.
    Latin is my next frontier!
  3. tommyhot

    tommyhot Member

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    I played an 11 piece set of Pearls for years. White. Haven't played in about 15 years now.
  4. WoodRat

    WoodRat Banned

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    I do play stringged instruments, I also play drums like a fukken madman.

    I know fukken beat machines that can't keepup with me, and I've been blessed with threaded syncapation and multitasking skills.
    I make the fukkerz up on broadway and out in the fields look like babies banging plastic skin drums at the fukken town fair.
    One problem though, I'm two sheds above homeless with no fukken rig of my own until I can fund up for some new heads, if I can get the right fukken sizes.
    I been playing drums for over ten years, I am fluent in banging objects repeatedly into submission. Rings up a hefty bill and lots of nagging about noise.
    Stupid percussion illitterates.

    My set is a faded green and white-brown gloss-over ghost remake. 1980 which makes it almost thirty by now.
  5. Willy_Wonka_27

    Willy_Wonka_27 Surrender to the Flow

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    djembe is my passion
  6. WoodRat

    WoodRat Banned

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    One time I masterbated fully tucked inside my basedrum...

    I forgot how I wound up their, but that was the first time I masterbated inside my drumset...
    It wasb't mine which also makes it interesting...
    I must go now.
  7. hellixxx

    hellixxx Member

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    yea man, too many guitarists..
    i been drumming for about 6 years, been playing on a 5 peiece pearl export since i started.. i haven't played on my kit for a while though, it's not even set up anymore..
    moved more towards drum machines and electronic music with synths and stuff now
  8. D_MAN

    D_MAN Member

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    i play a 4 piece gretsch with zildjian hat and sweet ride.
    keep it small, keep it groovin
  9. Musikero

    Musikero Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

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    I play guitar, but I also play the kulintang:

  10. *Andy*

    *Andy* Senior Member

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    Yeah it would seem that every Tom, Dick and Harry is learning to play the guitar these days. Mostly just 14 year olds who end up giving it up after a year, but all the same, it's quite silly. I play the piano and the guitar (properly ;)), but no real percussion instruments
  11. themnax

    themnax Senior Member

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    i don't play guitar. never could get my hands arround a fret board, or think in terms of it. i started out playing brass. french horn in high school, and before that mellowphone in grade school, because the school band didn't have enough clarinets to go arround and it was really seeing the benny goodman story when i was like in the first or second grade that inspired me to want to learn how to play a musical instrument.

    i didn't learn reed fingerings untill much later, long after grade and highschool, when i was out in the adult world and synthasizers, let alone portable ones, just plain hadn't been invented yet. so i got myself one of those wooden recorders and learned how to play that. i've always loved tecnology but have never been able to afford the bleeding edge of it, or even, most of the time, to get within sight of it. so before even 8-bit computers became consumer commodities, and long before any kind of digital synthisis, i started building analog synth modules from kits. the old paia modules.

    that was when i was able to get myself an old vox jaguar to play through them and partially taught myself keyboards. i've never had the chance to really get involved in music professionally. my dad said he would have liked me to have. but then it was he, who while i was away, gave away the french horn that i had out from under me.

    i've always been handicapped by a 'tin ear', that is, i can't 'pick up' a melody from hearing it. thanks to school having been my introduction to music though, i CAN read sheet music.

    i do feel that there are several instruments that i see as way excessively popular. i can understand, at least with the guitar, their popularity though, because playing them puts on a show, even when their not played all that outstandingly well.

    where as less showie instruments, HAVE to be played well, require real musicanship, to make any kind of real entertainment out of them at all. electric guitars have become as flexible as keyboards by being able to use them as midi controllers, but personally, i'd still rather see banks of keyboard synth's being played by multiple musicians. along with brass and reeds and other 'band' instruments.

    yah i'm no musican by anyone's standards, although when i have and instrument and a chance to practice i can be. it was my best grade back in high school (40 years ago! argh!). and i can still play several instruments. and read sheet music. and not one of them is a guitar nor any permutation of plucked or bowed strings.

    oh the others i don't care for? the sax, although my ear doesn't always reject it, the snare on the drum, those rattly little wire strings accross the bottom of it, and in 'classical' music, violins and their kin are Waaaaaay overdone. i don't much care for the human voice singing most popular lyrics in languages i can understand either.

  12. Stubb0rnSt0n3r

    Stubb0rnSt0n3r Banned

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    Kinda different now that I think about it...

    MOst of the people around my area seem to be learning drums or doing vocals oppsoed to guitar base or anything else.

    To me it makes more sense to become a full out musical artist then just a "Drummer" or "Guitarist".
    When you learn more, it actualy compliments your musical talent.

    And yes, hand percussion is stellar.
    Sometimes when I go to festivals with my friends or my mom or both, I return with another addition, most recent was a wood box thing played with narrow mallets with rubber ball tips. Trippy tye dye too.
    I suggest encouraging multiple instrumental entusiasm if it gets to you all that much.
  13. Envy

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    Hey now... Percussion instruments aren't the only other instrument then the guitar! *points at signature*

    Anyways, I've never really played percussion instruments, but I've always liked them. I just don't have the best rhythm in the world, and it's probably best I don't play one.

    That is unless you consider piano a percussion instrument. I have to learn that instrument due to being a music major. Yay.
  14. Musikero

    Musikero Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

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    Hmmm... Percussion instruments do not necessarily have to perform the function of rhythm keeper (though a lot of them are that). For instance, the instrument I played in the picture I posted on page 1 is a kulintang: a set of gongs that is played more melodically than rhythmically.

    As for the piano: it's a percussion instrument in the sense that the keys you press cause the hammers to strike the strings within (it is also a string instrument due to the fact that it has strings). But like the kulintang the piano is a melodic - not rhythmic - instrument despite the fact that its very mechanism of producing sound involves striking.
  15. koopa

    koopa De Kuil Krue Hipster

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    I've got 3 drum kits...

    1969 Ludwig Silver Sparkle
    1999 Pearl MMX Master Custom in power depths
    2004 Pearl MMX Master Custom in fast depths

    3 ply maple "transition keystone badges"
    22" bass drum, 12 & 13" toms, a pair of 16" floor toms 14" supraphonic snare

    4 ply maple in "natural" maple lacquer finish
    22" bass drum, 10" 12" 14" 16" suspended toms plus matching 14" snare

    4 ply maple in "midnight fade" lacquer finish
    22" bass drum, 10" 12" 14" 16" suspended toms plus 14" 1920's ludwig Nickel Over Brass two piece snare

    Medium Volume Cymbals:
    assortments of sabian aa's sabian aax's zildjian A customs, zildjian K customs

    Louder Volume Cymbals:
    assortments of Paiste Signature Series and Paiste Sound Formula Reflector Series
  16. shakemytrees

    shakemytrees Member

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    I'm a huge fan of brand mixing to find just the right sound. My kit is:

    Truth Custom Drums 7" x 13" Snare(Blood Red flake with black trim)
    DDrums Diablo 13" x 10" and 10" x 8" Toms(the red and black ones)
    Pearl Export 14" x 14" Floor Tom(jet black)
    Pearl Export 24" x 16" Bass(jet black) with Tama Iron Cobra Power Glide Twin Pedal
    16" Sabian B8 Pro Rock Crash
    21" Sabian HHX Groove Ride
    13" Zildjian K Custom Dark Hi-Hat
  17. drumdum

    drumdum Member

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    ooohhh my instruments are kinda unnusual....i play traditional sega ravanne from mauritius ( cos im mauritian) and i play loadsa hand drums and frame drums and strange shakers and sumtimes djembes
  18. gaum

    gaum Elephant Orgy

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    gots me a nice 7 piece chrome pearl export set. all zildjian cymbals (ride, crash, splash, high hats, china) cowbell, a woodblock, and double bass pedal
  19. douley01

    douley01 Member

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    i love my two kits, my first is my jazz kit which is a sonor jungle which i play with 2 20 inch rides and 14 inch high hats, all zildjian k and a custom. my other kit is my true baby, its a green to black faded satin oil dw collectors series kit, 22 inch kik
    10",12",14",and 16" toms, i also have a matching 13x5.5" dw craviatto snare, i swap in a yamaha steve gadd signature series steel shell snare sometimes and i also play with a 10x6 inch 6 ply maple pearl side snare. All the cymbals are zildjian, k, A custom, and oriental series cymbals which include: 1 18" crash, 1 19" crash, 2 16" crashes, 12" hi-hats, an 18" china, and a 20" ride. ive spent all my money on my drums since i was like 14 it took me so long to save up for it all but it will be with me forever
  20. ska1234

    ska1234 Banned

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    I play a 5 piece yamaha stage custom. Evans hydrolic heads, ZBT 20" ride, AA thin sabian 18" crash, broken ZBT hi hats. Usually when I play shows I have to barrow cymbals, haha. But my kit is nice itself.

    I also play djembe much. I have a sageman line carved rope tuned. Its nice stuff, pic of me playing my djembe in my profile gallery.

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