Private Remote Recording Sessions

If you are interested in hiring me for a private remote recording session, I am now accepting work through airgigs.   http://www.airgigs.com/online-drum-sessions/545/High-Quality-Live-Drum-Loop-Recording

Also for full track recording here is another link:

http://www.airgigs.com/online-drum-sessions/395/Full-Drum-Track-Recording-Session

So far the sessions I have done through this site have gone very smoothly and everybody on both sides of the transactions were satisfied with the results.

Best,

- Mike

Overdubbing Drums

Is overdubbing drums more common in recording today than recording live with a rhythm section?  I am not sure but I would be curious and would like to hear anybody comment and give their two cents.  I see a lot of videos of different name drummers like Gadd and Pelton overdubbing drums to tracks in a studio.  Josh Freese has said in interviews that its just him and the producer in the studio a lot of times.  This past weekend I overdubbed drums on some bass loops from the Janek Gwizdala Loop Loft Sessions and it was a challenge for sure to really lock it in.  I think what makes overdubbing drums, or any instrument for that matter, difficult is that no one is adjusting to you.    Where ever you feel the quarter note sitting probably isn’t exactly where the bass player feels it.  So if you both are playing live in the same room then you simply listen and adjust towards each other to make the music feel better and be easier to play.  I would say this pretty much occurs subconsciously if everyone playing has great time and is a pro.

 

When you are overdubbing to something already recorded you have to do all the adjusting, which makes things more difficult.  If you are playing with a musician with bad time, then you are kind of screwed either way.  In that case, you’d be lucky to be playing with a loop that feels good.  In the Steve Gadd DVD “Up Close”, Steve talks about constant adjustments that drummers have to make to keep the time happening.  For awhile I could not understand what he was talking about even though I wanted to!  Thankfully now I do after many hours.  This is kind of an open discussion blog…I’ll stop there!

- Mike

Playing a Second Instrument

When I was 13 I started playing guitar.  This is before I started playing drums.  I basically tried to learn what pretty much most beginner guitar players were learning at the time (basically every Nirvana song).  When I was around 15 I started playing drums and guitar took a back seat from then on for the most part.  Looking back I realize how helpful those two years of playing guitar have been for me.  First of all, when you play guitar or any instrument other than drums you have to stop the note.  Steve Jordan talks about this in his DVD “The Groove is Here”.    Knowing the full length of a quarter is a vital part of time keeping that a metronome or drum machine cannot solely teach you.  The best way for a drummer to learn this or better yet, feel this, is by playing a melodic instrument (even if not very well!).  Not only will this help your meter, but it will also make you a more musical drummer to those playing a melodic instrument.  Over time you will learn what you want out of a drummer when you are sitting in a melodic instrument’s shoes.  I’m still learning…

- mike

Free Live Drum Loops

For those interested, I have decided to give some drum loops I made over this past week away.  All you have to do is enter your email and click subscribe at the right of the screen (or bottom of the screen from your phone).  Then go to your email and follow the attached link and you are all set! I made these loops specifically to write to and play against.  Both straight eighth and triplet feels are available.  The loops that are the same tempo and feel can be snapped together for different phrasings.  I will be continually adding to this loop library in some form or another over time for musicians to hopefully enjoy.  I left all the processing up to you (i.e. compression/limiting, eq, plug ins etc…)  If you write some cool stuff over any of these loops be sure to let me know.  I’d love to hear it!  Also if you have any requests or suggestions drop me a line at mikev65@aol.com.

-Mike

 

Time

Most musicians agree that time keeping is very important when it comes to playing music professionally.  In order for a band to sound really great, everybody has to be a great time player.  I have been in enough bands to know that rehearsing the same material together for weeks or months will only get your band to a certain point.  Then it is up to the individual members to work on their own personal playing weaknesses in this area.  I try to make a habit of recording rehearsals, jams, practice sessions, shows etc..  Listening back to yourself playing with other musicians in a live setting is one of the best ways to improve your time.  The time feel presented by the whole band should be what you’re listening back for at first.  After that you can zero in on yourself and decide what you can do or NOT DO to make the band sound better.  Any musician with great time has the ability to old_metronome-229x300create a groove all by themselves regardless of what instrument they play.  For example, if you are a guitar player, you should be able to play a strong rhythm part without the accompaniment of a drummer or bass player.  That means count a tempo out and deliver what you are playing clearly.  Every note of music needs to be communicated clearly through any instrument.  This means you have to know where you are in the music.  The best way to do this is to COUNT!!!  and that concludes my first blog post…thanks!

-Mike