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    Hello all , so I've been seeing this drum lesson thing appear in my news feed on Facebook over the past few weeks so I decided to sign up for the free part of it. I won't name it because it probably would be considered a competing business with this site. Anyway the other night they posted a one hour lesson with Todd Sucherman. I found this to be very informative and helpful. I took his advise and did some tweaking to my kit, making the toms more comfortable to get at and raising my snare a bit. His advise was to make sure and spend a minimum of one hour a day playing my kit , no matter what , at least an hour. I've done this for the past 3 days, usually ends up being more then an hour and I am already seeing improvements. The little things are that much easier already and my speed is coming back. He recommends doing this for at least 6 months to a year to get myself back in top form. I'm also going to pick up his instructional DVD's. lastly I ordered a laptop mount for my drum rack that should arrive the 17th. I'm inspired again.
    Here's a couple pic's. I moved the 10" tom in closer to the snare. I move the two 8" toms to the right closer to the 10" and dropped one of them down a bit. so much more fluid now.



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    Sounds like some great advice, set up looks comfy as well. Can you pm the site name?
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    I'm going to give myself another week then I'm going to start doing some Facebook live videos of my practicing.

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    Here's the video it's up on you tube.
    https://youtu.be/YU5_NJfNunQ

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    Good for you NP.
    It is always a good thing to be working toward an objective.
    Either small or large..............just something of a goal to provide focus.
    I'm glad to know you are back at it and working.

    P.S. TS is a good one.
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    Great set up. Glad to see you getting back into it.

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    I have always played my toms and snare close together. To me it helps things flow more smoothly.

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    If either arm has to go to full extension to hit anything, your set-up is wrong.

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    Tell me about that A Custom ride.
    If I think of A Customs, it is always in a crash context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Tell me about that A Custom ride.
    If I think of A Customs, it is always in a crash context.
    It's a 20" A Custom Ping ride. I'd say medium to heavy in the weight department. Nice defined stick sound, nice ping. It does not over build or get washy, Very controlled sound, great bell sound as well. Some drummers like a ride they can also use as a crash, this one is not that type of ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NPYYZ View Post
    It's a 20" A Custom Ping ride. I'd say medium to heavy in the weight department. Nice defined stick sound, nice ping. It does not over build or get washy, Very controlled sound, great bell sound as well. Some drummers like a ride they can also use as a crash, this one is not that type of ride.
    I'm with you -- a ride is a ride and a crash is a crash.
    I don't like my ride to get washy.
    Your review tells me that is a good ride cymbal.
    I have never been able to find a ride cymbal that is any better than the 22" A Zildjian (heavy) I've been using since 1973................it's that good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    I'm with you -- a ride is a ride and a crash is a crash.
    I don't like my ride to get washy.
    Your review tells me that is a good ride cymbal.
    I have never been able to find a ride cymbal that is any better than the 22" A Zildjian (heavy) I've been using since 1973................it's that good.
    Yeah, that's a good one. My 22" Paiste 2oo2 is a nice one as well.

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    he came to my store a couple of months ago.
    Super nice guy and had a lot of great advice when he did his clinic
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    Your setup looks very tight and comfortable. One thing I never got the hang of with offset toms was how far away the hihats were. It doesn't look like you have that issue.
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    Well so far this has been a challenge. I own my own painting business I'm a one man show I do all the work, so after a 8 to 10 hour day of climbing, bending, kneeing and so on my joints are so sore I haven't been able to play. I'm doing great on the weekends but so far I've only managed to play on a couple nights after I've worked. No biggie, it's not like I'm preparing for a gig, I just want to get the chops happening they way they used to. Just going to take longer.

    One thing I've noticed, I still have a hard time when it comes to lesson type practice. Just like the old days I get bored very quickly and just want to play instead of doing the lesson. I was never good at school, probably why I quit my drum lesson after 2 months when I was a kid.

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    I'm just glad to hear you are working at it when you are able................good news.
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    Thought I'd come back with an update. My plan was to get my chops back up to speed with the hope of possibly playing out again, but that's not going to happen. It's been frustrating to say the least. I'm finding that I have been able to freshen up my chops and I can still play some of the more challenging songs I used to play, it's just not as easy as it was when I was younger and playing for hours every day. Also as I've spent more time playing my right arm, that I broke last September, is now giving me problems. After about 40 minutes of playing I have to stop because of the pain in my elbow. So I've come to realize I had my day , I had 14 years of playing out all over New England and now I'll have to be content just to play in my basement for my own enjoyment. I did get the arm looked at and there's nothing wrong , they just said with my arthritis and age when you have a break these things happen. Also the stress i put on it during the day moving ladders and staging around doesn't help. I've started wearing a brace on my elbow at work and it seems to help/

    So that's it, this winter a couple friends an I plan to get together once a week to jam for fun so I just keep doing that and jamming out to my drumless tracks. I also really enjoy just playing the kit alone with no other music. Peace..

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    Getting old is not for pussies !
    Keep after it and get all the possible enjoyment without risking further injury.
    I'm certain the physical requirements of your work can really drain the energy you would rather have for drumming.
    It's great you still get pleasure in working the kit.
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