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Paiste 22″ Signature Ride Cymbal

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I Started out in 1976 trying out to sing in bands but no bands were interested in me. In 1977 I started playing guitar. The individual that was teaching me (who for now will remain anonymous) told me that I would NEVER learn how to play guitar because I had no sense of rhythm. I joined my first band in 1978 called "Dead Center" in Jacksonville, Florida. I played an Aspen guitar, black; a Les Paul copy and in 1981. I gave that guitar to the teacher who said I'd never learn to play. I wrote my first song in 1979 or '80. Over the years I have been in many bands but my passion has been songwriting. I have written well over 100 songs and though the early ones were kind of rough around the edges, I think that most of them could be dusted off and given a new facelift. Today I am still working on my songs. Currently I can play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, harmonica, and Native American flute. The flutes that I play are ones that I made myself. My guitars are the Epiphone G-400 faded, an Ibanez RG370 DX, an Epiphone G 1275 double neck guitar. My acoustic guitars are an Alvarez 12 string and an old Kay guitar. My drum set is a Peace drum set. I do my recording on a Zoom HD16.
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  • Subalo
    September 3, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Hi there and thanks for the post. I’m going to add this RSS feed to my email and look forward to more of your interesting content. Please post again sometime soon.

  • August 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    There is no ‘standard’ setup of cymbals, as such. You play with wetaevhr you think will help your sound I personally use hats, crash and x2 big rides. Sometimes I just use hats/ride. It’s all a matter of what sound you want or need.However, I believe you are referring to splash (small) and china (trashy and odd-looking).There is no “best brand”, either. Go to your local drum store, try some out and decide which you think sounds best.Check out other brands too, like Istanbul, Bosphorus and Turkish.EDIT: How could I forget Meinl and UFIP? The shame. Kudos to Methor & Heather for noting them, but I’m a lowly level 1 and can’t thumbsup anyone yet.My first “proper” set of cymbals were Meinl Classics (plus an Amun series crash), very loud and perfect for rock.My drum teacher was a fan of UFIP. Very nice cymbals indeed, but rather on the expensive side for me and difficult to find second-hand due to (a) lack of popularity, and (b) they sound GREAT so people don’t often part with them! It’d be worth finding a store that stocks these just to try them if you have a decent budget.Also, don’t be afraid to buy second-hand. Some cymbal sounds become really nice when the cymbal has seen a bit of use particularly in ranges which are overly bright to some when new (like Zildjian A and Sabian AA).Currently I use Zildjian (13″ K hats, 16″ A crash, 20″ K ride) and Turkish (22″ Classic ride), all bought used. The hats and rides are dark, menacing and enveloping, while the crash (VERY used) is fairly thin and cuts through nicely when needed.This setup is exactly what I like to play with and works well for me (not to mention sounds great with a 70’s wood/fiberglass kit, but that’s just bragging), while others prefer quite different setups (as seen in other answers).Of course, cymbals tend to be expensive, which is another reason to buy from eBay, drum magazines or local stores.References : Experience

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