Entries under 'drumming'

DW Factour Tour Video

I just came across this video this morning, and I wanted to post it not only because DW makes some of the highest quality, best sounding drums available. I hope that one day I'll have a set of DWs to call my own. It's really cool of them to make a video like this for everyone to see how they build these wonderful instruments.

A Few Drumming Videos For You

Every now and then I catch myself on YouTube just watching snare drum videos; demos of different makes and models of snare drums, marching band snare drummers, drumming demonstrations and competitions... you get the point. I just love drumming!! I have been playing the drums slightly longer than I've been playing guitar, and to this day it's where my attention just seems to automatically draw itself towards every time I hear new music for the first time. So here are a couple gems I've spotted over the last little while, besides ones I've already posted.

Wayne Oien is amazing. This guy has probably been playing since before I was born. I especially like how he starts off with two pairs of sticks - Wayne means buisness.

Buddy Rich is a fucking legend. This is simply common knowledge for anyone who takes drumming even remotely seriously. The drum solo from this (rather old lol) performance of "West Side Story" is a great showcase of Buddy's skills. One must appreciate the classics.

I saved this one for last on purpose. This is a guy named Dylan Elise, and he played this at the Tauranga jazz festival in New Zealand in 2007, at the age of 16. Pretty impressive shit!! The bird's eve view on the side screen of the stage is also pretty cool.

Blast Beats with Steve Asheim

Steve Asheim is the dummer for Deicide. I've been impressed by Steve's drumming since the very first time I heard Deicide, way back as a young gaffer. It's funny how such a nice guy can also be such an intense drummer. I suppose you'd have to be intense to drum for Deicide though. In this little video Steve goes through some variations of the well known blast beat we so often hear in a lot of metal music.

Also, drummers, notice how tight and leveled Steve's kit is arranged - nothing is too far away from everything else. I've found in my years playing the drums that keeping your kit as compact as you can (without crowding yourself in of course) is a crucial element to playing fast. Give yourself enough elbow room to flow from side to side, but keep your drums close together and your cymbals nice and low (just enough room to move without hitting any rims or other cymbals) and you're on your way to playing faster than diarreah.

My drum kit hasn't changed a whole lot really since the late 1990s, and especially now after a buch of moving around and losing/breaking bits and pieces here and there, it's getting to be time to start it all over from scratch again pretty soon. They've had a good run, but I've literally beaten to holy shit out of them. Somehow I've gone from 7 cymbals down to 1, and a snare that more or less is no longer functional. I've been watching a lot of drum videos lately to help inspire me to get a new kit, but alas, a very expsensive hobby indeed! One of these days...

Anyhow, see if you can learn something from Steve Asheim!

Slow Motion Drum Hits

This is a snare drum being hit in slow motion, and then a crash cymbal. I'm almost 30, I've been playing drums since I was 3, and I've never seen a slow motion video like this either.. fucked up shit. Maybe you just have to be a drummer to appreciate it. Oh yeah, and that's Mike Mangini in the video.