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Making peace with music part 2.

I want to talk about the process that gets a person to accept music into their life. They are many traps awaiting the potential hobbyist. The first one being that everybody knows what it is to be a musician. At any level. Anyone can tell you what being a musician is. Even if you
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Making peace with music part 1

I teach two kinds of students, mainly. The kind that is pro, and the kind that is not a pro and needs to understand how to make room for music in her life. This blog is about the second kind. The ones that will eventually make music their hobby. So, here goes a typical script.
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The unknown drum set. Part 8

Anyone knows? No? Yes? What are the most common woods used for drums? All right, here it is: maple. You thought there were several kind of wood? In nature, yes, there are thousands of different essences. In drum making, 99% of the shells are made of maple. That’s the sound
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The unknown drum set. Part 7

This is my longest blog. Let me know if you like it. May be the next one will have 20 parts. Or 56. What can be done when you know that you will always face drum makers that leave your sound up to chance? A lot. It is time to reveal to this modern world the existence of an old
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The unknown drum set. Part 6.

When you have 15 different woods in one drum kit, you should get something homogeneous. But, as a tuner, you quickly discover just the opposite. They are always some discrepancies. One piece will go its own way compared to the rest of the kit. Always. Now, the drum makers have an
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The unknown drum set. Part 5

Let’s go to the big Kabloey drum factory (The name doesn’t matter). What do we see? Someone is making a snare drum. He’s got all the special gear for it. As a matter of fact, this factory has a department that makes just snares. Day after day, poof! snares! 150
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The unknown drum set. Part 4

As a tuner faced with a set of drums who’s got an unruly shell, you have to commit a little crime. You have to compromise. No other way. That medium tom will not have the same controlled decay as the rest the kit: very well, the rest of the kit will have to compromise and
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The unknown drum set. Part 3

As a tuner, you are trying to do one thing: Make a five piece drum set sound like all the drums are from the same family. The five pieces must sound like one instrument. Easier said than done. I spent a lot of time aiming for that impossible goal. I raise that tom, lower the
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The unknown drum set. Part 2

The first secret is to not choke the drum, because the shell is made of a material that has its own property. I have to listen to what the drum or the drums are telling me. Every set is different. Each one will have its own voice. Each brand has a way of doing things. Particular
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