And here we go with our practice session for May 24th, 2019. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got about a hundred and forty tracks that have had the drums removed. Many of these appear online after having been ripped from a video game like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, and I use them to practice with. So these first few diaries, I’ve been playing exclusively from that library. I periodically check for things I haven’t picked up yet (I know how to isolate drum tracks and use phase inversion to mute them in a standard recording, but it’s an imperfect and slow process (and I actually don’t even have the software for it at this moment) and I’d rather be playing, so I download them when I can.
Commentary and stats below.
- Pulse 83
- O2 96%
- ZZ Top – La Grange
- Good old shuffle blues from the Texas legends. Always a fun warmup.
- Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
- Another straightforward little groove to get moving with.
- Blondie – Rapture
- I’ve never played this song in my life, and Blondie is not really one of my big influences (I could fake my way through their big hits, but never bought their albums or really followed them as a fan or anything, couldn’t even name their drummer). It was a lot of fun playing around in that disco-early rap space, there’s a nice pocket to noodle around in, especially during the long rap sections at the end.
- Black Sabbath – War Pigs
- Required by law for any hard rock musician to cover at some point in their lives. Timely, too.
- Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
- This is another of those more funky, groovy type of jams that’s just fun to noodle around with your snare hand and good old classic rock tom runs in the fills, little syncopation or different accents for some flavor.
- The Guess Who – No Time
- Both this and the one above are more complex than they sound on first listen.
- Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (Video)
- Trivia point: of all the times people have compared me to drummers, the one time it came from a musician I knew, who I knew wasn’t just going for the EZ-mode comparison but really thought about it, he said my playing reminded him of Stephen Perkins. This song is certainly one of the reasons why.
- Quiet Riot – Bang Your Head (Metal Health)
- The second major single from the “first heavy metal band to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100,” which happened when I was about 12 or 13, somewhere around 1983. Huge song, classic and popular cover in the hair-metal bands that were the biggest part of my early cover bands. And yes, as a matter of fact, I did rock the hell outta some Aqua Net Extra Super Hold and spandex from Fredrick’s.
- Tom Petty – American Girl
- Always loved me some Tom Petty, even though he mostly didn’t get into my setlists when I was doing covers. So I’ve only actually played this a half-dozen times or so, and never truly learned it, but it’s great fun to play along with, got just enough this and that to keep it fun, and it’s up-tempo enough to make a good workout
- Time on the clock 49:16
- Steps: 5,832
- Pulse 94
- O2 97%
- 409 calories burned