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ZenChat / Re: Where do you live?
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:15:48 PM »
Stockholm, Sweden, here.

(Hi! It's been a while since I last visited this forum - a quick search shows that my previous post was way back in 2007.)

ZenChat / Re: How to play?
« on: September 23, 2007, 08:29:44 AM »

Music / Favourite Drummers
« on: September 23, 2007, 08:24:23 AM »
Name some of your favourite drummers/percussionists!

I thought this subject could be interesting. Both as a bit of an introduction topic ("who are these people posting here?") and as education ("who should I listen to if I want to hear some good drumming?").

I'll go first, but as I'm new to the field of drumming, my choices may not be so interesting. They are probably known to all reading this anyway.

Phil Collins. My knowledge of drummers is still small, but here's one almost everybody knows, and I like him. As far as I can tell, he does not only make great songs and sing well, but seems to be a capable drummer as well. I recently bought his big band CD, where his only contribution is to play the drums. It's not the best big band I've ever heard, but it's good stuff.

Future Man. Not a surprising choice, eh? I'm a big fan of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and a web search looking for something like the Drumitar was what brought me here.

Special Mention: Kroumata. One of the very best classical ensembles we have in Sweden (the world?).

ZenChat / Re: How to play?
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:20:46 PM »
That was interesting. The hour since my last post has been spent playing. (My right arm has had enough for tonight.) Now the default makes sense (or at least no 15 does). This is a bit different method than the instructions in the tips & tricks section. The one thing they have in common is doing the basic groove with one hand to have the other free to add extra flavour.

I now have two basic styles to try. Are there more?

ZenChat / Re: How to play?
« on: September 15, 2007, 01:01:49 PM »
Thanks again. I didn't think to look in that section.

ZenChat / Re: How to play?
« on: September 15, 2007, 12:49:12 PM »
Thanks for your reply. Where's that video you refer to?

ZenChat / How to play?
« on: September 15, 2007, 07:44:24 AM »

As a newbie* with very little free time available since my Zendrum ZX arrived (but the little playing I've had time for has been great, even though I've not bought any sounds for it yet - I'm simply playing the sounds included in Garageband), I haven't yet started experimenting with layouts. Posts like this thread, and the stuff in the tips & tricks section give a good starting point now that I'm about to start with that, but there is one question I haven't seen addressed anywhere:

What's the deal with the default setups?

I assume there's some thought behind the defaults, but I've not been able to figure out how to play sensibly using the default mappings. Does anyone play with something similar to the defaults, and if so, how do you play? It's confusing that the only tutorial on the site uses a completely different layout.

Also, any other tips for a newbie besides what's in the Tips & Tricks section is appreciated.


* I'm a complete newbie, since my background is a wind player and not a drummer. So I'm learning it all from scratch - I can't simply take things I already know and play them in a new way on my new drum. The only drumming I've done before was in a recent three day course given to all teachers at the school where I work (as a wind teacher). The subject was oriental music, and we had Lars Bo Kujahn as a guest to teach us, among other things, to play Arabian tabla. That was great, btw. Dum te-ke ke-tek, dum te-ke ke-tek, dum te-ke ke-tek, dum dum tek!

…and now I have it. I have very little free time this week, but I've spent an hour playing after unpacking, and it's great!

Mine is also close… :) I had a note waiting for me when I got home from work today that Fedex had attempted to deliver a package.

ZenChat / Re: Banging on my Zendrum like a chimpanzee
« on: July 29, 2007, 02:10:53 PM »
I'm tagging on to this thread since I'm in a similar situation as the original poster. My Zendrum is ordered, even though my percussion background is almost non-existent. I teach wind instruments (and lead wind bands) so I know how to read music, and I think I have a pretty good rhythm sense (at least above average for a wind instrumentalist).

Having a teacher is of course the best advice. I may ask my percussion colleague for help (but I'd like to not advertise my drumming intentions too much in the beginning).

Listening to music is the other obvious answer. I'm almost surprised not to see it suggested yet - maybe it's too obvious?

But if anyone can give suggestions on literature (free online, or paid for on paper) that'd be helpful, I'd appreciate it. Which of those "ENDLESS drum instruction materials" are good? Particularly to help with getting a good feel for what's authentic in various styles. It's good to know the rules before I break them (and break them I will).

Edit: I only noticed this thread after posting. Still, any additional suggestions are welcome!

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Inexpensive sound module?
« on: July 09, 2007, 02:27:24 PM »
And those sound ok? Good to know, thanks.

Regarding MIDI interfaces, is there anything I should be aware of or can I just buy anything? Is there any difference between models besides number of MIDI ports etc.?

(I've now placed the order for the Zendrum, btw.)

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Inexpensive sound module?
« on: July 07, 2007, 03:20:52 PM »
Really? Cool.

That was an answer I hadn't dared hope for. If Garageband really is good enough, then it's only the price of the actual Zendrum left to weigh against my desire to start drumming*  and decide if it's worth it to me. (And then to decide on what colour to get.)

* (On something better suited for the purpose than the bell of my bassoon, that is. The bassoon bell does work surprisingly well - I can get a couple of different percussive sounds from it - but a Zendrum would be better.)

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Inexpensive sound module?
« on: July 07, 2007, 07:55:21 AM »

I'm a wind musician. That probably makes me rather unusual in this company, but I'm interested in the Zendrum. I've not yet reached the point where I've decided to order one (it's quite a bit of money involved) but I am considering the possibility.

However to use a Zendrum one also needs something to make the sounds. The professional options that I see discussed here (Roland TD20 and similar things) cost way too much for me to even think about. Even if I had that kind of money to spare, I'd think twice about it. After all, I'm a wind player first, and I don't know how much I'd be playing the Zendrum in public. To begin with it'd mainly be a way to explore drumming on my own.

So my question to you is what are the options at the lower end? Is there anything below, say, $200 that wouldn't reduce a Zendrum to sounding like an expensive toy? (I have a MacBook, if that helps.) How high would I have to go?

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