Drummer Talk

Drummer Talk walks the PASIC Convention Floor

Here’s another old Drummer Talk video we’ve dusted off and posted up to Youtube.  Ever wonder about the amazingness that is the PASIC Exhibit hall floor?  Look no further! Keep in mind that this is from PASIC 2006.

PASIC 2009 Roadtrip

Hello everyone! It’s that time of year. Be sure to tune into the PASIC Blog to follow along on our annual trip to PASIC. we will be posting from the clinics and exhibit halls, and more!! Today, we tart our 8 hr trek to Indy.

7:20a – About to pick up the rental van for the trip to Indy!

10:14a – on the road now! We’re stopping at Lambert’s (home of the throw’s rolls!) for lunch!

11a – Almost everyone in the van is asleep. Wimps!

7:42p – We got checked into the hotel ok. I think we’re about to hit downtown Indy and see what’s up. Man, it’s chilly. I really should’ve brought a hat! The trip was much shorter than I thought. We watched a couple of movies in the van and it flew by. Tommorow is the day where it gets crazy. PAS didn’t send out badges ahead of time which means we have to queue up tomorrow to get them. Grrrr. Why did we register so early then?? Anyway, I don’t have a schedule or anything to go on for tomorrow, only that I know the first drum set clinic isn’t until 11a. Look for more live updates!

8:11p – Whadya know? PASIC registration was still going strong, so we were able to pick up our badges just fine. It went pretty smoothly! And everyone was nice. I still miss the personal touch from Adventure Travel. Kim was great!

Turns out it was a little to brisk for me to be walking in the windy downtown. I’ll let the younguns have their time together. Plus, they won’t feel like the boss is hovering over their shoulder.

Drummer Talk 10/15/2009 – PASIC 2009 Preview

This week, we look at the clinics and masterclasses coming up at PASIC 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. The Double Drag Tap is the rudiment of the week, we talk about the recent Sabian Vault Tour in the news, and the legendary Buddy Rich is the drummer of the week.

Taye Releases New Studio Birch Kit

Good things in the works from our friends at Taye (pronounced TIE). Their new Studio Birch kit looks amazing. Taye makes great drums. I remember being very impressed with Jim Payne’s Taye kit at PASIC 2006. What I think is interesting is that they have several different bass drum sizes. 24″ x 16″ would be awesome!

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Drummer Talk 12/12/2008 – PASIC 2008 Recap (3 of 3)

It’s a Drummer Talk Christmas as we recap day 3 of PASIC 2008.  Today, we discuss Ari Hoenig, Terrance Higgins, Johnny Rabb & Marco Minnemann, Dafnis Prieto, Robby Ameen & Richie Flores & Jesse Carballo, and Ray Luzier & Seven Antonopolous. 

Ray Luzier & Seven Antonopoulos Clinic

Here it is … our final clinic of PASIC 2008. It’s been a wild ride!

5:01 They are still setting up the kits on stage. A tune from Nightmare Before Christmas is playing (the “Sandy Claus” one). I hope this isn’t idicative of this last clinic. It seems like an odd choice for the show closer. In the past, this slot has been Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckly and Steve Smith. Not a lot of folks here. The huge ballroom is not even 1/4 full.

5:05 The PAS guy comes out again and one final time insists on calling it pa-sic as in “classic.” Sabian rep introduces Seven.

5:08 Seven takes the stage and plays track. Stick twirls and 3 foot stick heights abound! Read more…

Robby Ameen, Jessie Carballo, & Richie Flores Clinic

3:02 Waiting to start

3:06 Pearl rep out to introduce the performers. Plugs gear. All three guys endorse different cymbals: Sabian, Zildjian, and Paiste. He’s talking way too much of the Reference kit. They are in the shimmer of Oz finish. Now bios about the players.

3:08 Players take the stage and launch into an up trading drum solos piece. Ameen and Carballo trade licks. Flores is obviously the director as he uses conga licks and roll-offs to send the trio into different directions. Wow! Hoe does someone play that fast on the congas?! He directs both players to play diferent clave patterns and he solos in between them.  Each player takes turns soloing in between the claves.  They trade 32nds between each other – drum kit to congas to drum kit.  Ameen has kept a rhumba clave with his left foot (on a cowbell)under the solo this entire time!  Carballo, being the youngest, seems to be about heat and double kick around the kick.

3:22 They slow down the groove into a swing-style piece. Ameen and Carballo trade 4s.  Ameen is more about taste than Carballo seems to be .  Flores steps in with a fast, melodic conga solo as the drummers swing under it.

3:26 From the mic, Flores directs them to play a straight-ahead, funk thing.  Ameen swings but superimposes a backbeat funk groove.  It seems like they don’t really know what’s going on.  Flores is trying to direct Carballo to do something, but I don’t think he gets it.  The thing sounds like it’s about to fall apart.  The settle into a full on funk groove while stopping time at the end of the phrase before punching back in.

3:29 While still continuing the groove, Carballo takes a solo.  It’s mad chops.  Flores waves Ameen off and Carballo is free to solo untimed.  More double bass chops.  He lays down a fat groove in 7 before launching back into heat around the toms or kick.  Flores now directs Ameen to take a solo.  He keeps foot ostinatos going while blowing heat.  Flores enters with conga heat.  Carballo comes back in and and keeps groove.  All take turn playing solos.  It seems most of these solos consist of going as fast you can up and down the instruments.  Now the players and bouncing bursts of 32nds between each other and end with a unison lick.

3:37 Ameen takes the mic
Ameen: We’ve never actually played together except last night on tables … until they told us to stop!  With Afro-Cuban and Latin music  you can keep layering things on top of it.  What were doing was really playing off of the clave.  We were using the clave as our basis, as a time shifte to get to different tempos and feels.

Flores: Can I explain to about Salsa music? (Demonstrates different salsa paterns on the conga and adds triplets and double time to the pattern. He then splits up up among 2, 3, 4, and 5 congas.)

Carballo: This is the first time I get to perform with 2 drummers in one setting.  It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of chemistry to have to keep time.

Flores: Questions?

Q: For Carballo, where did you learn to play?  The street?
Carballo: I learned a lot in the street.  I also have a church background, but it’s definitely a lot from the street.

3:44 Play another piece.  Starts with huge syncopated, unison licks before setling into a 6/8 Afro-Cuban-esque groove.  There is so much happening on stage, it’s really hard to comprehend it all.  Ameen is laying down another clave cowbell and going on top of that, Flores is going berserk on the congas, and Carballo is hammering away on the HH.  The piece ends with a unison lick that obvioulsy Carballo doesn’t know ad he is reigned to sitting quietly as Flores and Ameen bash away.

3:50 Thank yous and it’s over.

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