Band Back-Burnered

Band Back-Burnered

The thought of looking for a band has really been put on the back burner.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time working with and learning about recording.

The other day I was contacted by a local band with booked gigs and they were looking for a drummer.

At first that old instinct kicked in, that instinct to just say yes because it’s a band with some gigs, a working band. Continue reading

I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I have written on a number of occasions about my struggles in finding a working band.  Not a full time, make a living working band, just a decent local band that plays a couple a times a month or once or twice a week.

Lately I have not let this bother me as much as it has in the past.

My friend who I am looking to work with again has semi retired and moved to Florida.  He left his production company, downsized his life and is getting back into music.

I am looking forward to working with him again and we have started doing so.  I have setup my home recording studio, he has his and we send files back and forth.

This long distance writing, recording and collaborating has helped to offset the frustration I have with the local music scene.

This morning as I was getting dressed for my day job, once again the thought crossed my mind that maybe I’m just too old for this.  It’s not the first time I thought about it or have written about it. Continue reading

Click Track Revelation

Click Track Revelation

A few months back I posted a piece following up on how I was doing working with the click track.

I felt I had made some progress with it but was not devoting as much time as I should to working with the click track.

Over time I got myself back in to practicing with it but felt that I had to find more information from other drummers on how they handle working with the click track.  Everything that I read from professional drummers was definitely learn to play and be comfortable with the click track.

Most of them talked about using the click track as a guide post and not to strive for the mechanical like sound of the machine.

But the big revelation came to me after watching some videos by some very competent drummers who talked about using sixteenth notes and eighth notes not just quarter notes. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part VI)

The Band I Left (Part VI)

Part VI – The Band I Left – I think the writing is on the wall.

Maybe the upside to this band is I could make myself the feature player.  But that’s really not what I want in a band.  I don’t want to be the “star”.

What I want to be in a band is the drummer, just sitting back with the bass player holding the whole thing together.  Just laying down a solid foundation for the rest of the players to build on.

But this band kind of thrusts me out there since I don’t see anything interesting coming out of the other two players.

The songs are loaded with spaces.

Filling those spaces in a tasteful and musical manner will help develop my artistic muscle.  It will help me to develop knowing when to fill, what to fill and when to leave a hole. Continue reading

Home Recording – Vocals – Getting Use To My Own Skin

Home Recording – Vocals – Getting Use To My Own Skin

I’ve been working on another song in my home recording studio and have this one about as complete as possible for doing it myself.  I have to keep in mind that these are sketches of songs that I do in my studio, just to get my ideas down so when real players get a hold of them they’ll at least have an idea of what I hear in my head.

Being a drummer for almost my entire life I noticed that I really struggle with creating a melody.

I attribute this to years and years of honing in on the rhythm sections of songs.  Melody although always in my subconscious was something I used for cues.

Now with the technology available I can write entire songs with an intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro, but just for the rhythm sections, like drums, bass, guitar, keys.  I can also add some dynamics and emotions with horns and strings.

But the melody I am leaving for some other time or maybe someone else. Continue reading

Home Recording: I’m Not a Recording Engineer

Home Recording: I’m Not a Recording Engineer

I am a drummer, a musician and consider myself an artist but one thing I am not is a recording engineer.

It’s one thing to use all the great sampled sounds that come with a lot of the DAW software but my first attempt at recording acoustic drums showed me very quickly I’ve got a lot to learn.

Getting everything setup, plugged in and working wasn’t a problem.  It all seemed pretty intuitive to me plus there is a manual for everything.

I took online courses (Lynda.com) on drum micing plus watched videos on the subject, so I felt pretty good about my mic placements.

I got what I thought at the time were pretty good levels on everything so off I went into recording land.

I laid down some tracks that I was pleased with and still am pleased with the results of my playing.

Next comes listening to the playback through the studio monitors. Continue reading

Am I Too Old For Music?

Am I Too Old For Music?

Sometimes I think the subject for today is what all this writing is about.

The question that keeps going through my mind, the one that causes me to second guess myself is this.  “Am I too old to experience success in the music business?”  Or maybe I should say, “Am I too old to experience success as a musician?”

Why do I ask myself that question?

I have been experiencing something that I have never experienced before.   I can’t find a band.

I know that I have written about this before and in my self indulgence I am going to write about it again.

In yesteryears when I wanted to be in a band I was in one. Continue reading