Drum Diary 01 June 2019

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Drum Diary 01 June 2019

This was an unplanned rehearsal at 10pm because my stupid legs wouldn’t quit cramping while I was trying to go to sleep.  All mellow stuff.  I wasn’t going to bother posting it, but then figured what the heck, it was about a typical hour-long session, so why not.

When I get time over the next few days I’m going to do some other related work about the kit I’m using and so forth, but for right now I really do want to make clear that the playlists I’m posting with these diaries are NOT my playing, they’re just the official videos for the songs I play so people can listen along if they want to.

This playlist is not from my library of drumless tracks.  I’m gonna lay off on that a bit just to open myself to some things that I don’t have those tracks for.

I’m also not going to continue doing the health stats; I’ve gathered enough information there to tell me what I wanted to know.


  1. Billy Joel – Piano Man
    • I once embarrassed the hell out of myself playing this drunk at a piano bar.  I was sober when the friend I was with paid the pianist to let me sit in; by the time he got around to me, I was useless as a fart in a windstorm.  Liberty DeVito does some super-tasty fills in this though.
  2. Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down
    • Never played this before, nice slow blues, fun.  Playing Ringo tunes is always a bit of exploring and finding new stuff, especially because of the way he fills; he’s left-handed but played right-handed, so his fills tend to accent “backwards.”
  3. Creedence Clearwater Revivial – Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
    • One of a short list of songs I can cover on drums, vocals, and guitar with no problem.
  4. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (aka Thunder Only Happens When It’s Raining)
    • Another song I’ve never touched before.  Mick Fleetwood is an amazing drummer, and can be challenging because he rarely overfills, just staying in the pocket and keeping the beat when that’s what the music calls for.  A million drummers could learn from that, including me.
  5. James Gang – Funk #49
    • So much fun to play.  Another one of those 70’s bands that did a lot of ghost notes and grace notes on the snare, which makes it a lot of fun to play.
  6. Led Zeppelin – Thank You
    • This is another one of those tunes that I’ve never actually sat down and learned, but I’ve heard it so many times I can sit down and cover it just about note for note without listening to it.
  7. Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
    • This one, not as much, but it’s a pretty straightforward blues beat so it’s easy to fake.  Getting it right, however, is another matter entirely.
  8. Pearl Jam – Oceans
    • “Oceans” is an interesting song to me because the drums, such as they are, sound like they’re played entirely on tympani.  First time I’ve ever sat down and tried to actually play it; I really want to add this to my acoustic guitar/vocal repertoire while my voice can still hit those high notes at least half the time.
  9. Kid Rock – Bawitdaba
    • As a general rule, fuck Kid Rock, but this is a super-fun song to play and I felt like pulling out a ripper for my last song before I went to bed.  First time I’ve tried to play this as well, I did pretty decent.  The groove in the verses is the big fun thing here, just really drives hard, the kid of jam you HAVE to turn up when you’re driving.  I’ll give myself a C on it.  Hit all the breaks, but didn’t know all the fills.

And there you have it!  I’m going to get in at least another hour today, so there’ll be one more of these, and hopefully I’ll have a few other things written before I go to bed that go into the kit I’m using and how I use it and so forth.  As always thanks for reading, and we’ll talk to you soon!

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