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New YouTube Channel For (In Particular) Drummers

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Hello Loopers of the world. Sorry I've been absent recently - I've been working on getting my new YouTube channel up-and-running, which I've been planning to do (and constantly putting off) since the start of the year! Anyway, I've finally got it launched and put a few videos in place. Doing these sorts of videos takes a lot more time than I thought but I hope to add between 1 and 2 videos a week.

In particular, I'd appreciate any feedback from you good people on what you think, especially the drummers among you. This is all new to me (plus I'm not very comfortable in front of a camera!)!

The aim isn't to necessarily educate beginners but help more established players go back to basics and improve the feel and groove of their playing. Longer term, I will be using tracks from the Loops for some of my lessons on songwriting - I've already asked Dick's permission to do this and will, of course, ask permission of all musicians whose tracks I'd like to use. And you never know, maybe I can help drive a few more members this way.

Anyway, all feedback welcome. It's early doors - I only have two videos up there at the moment but I'll be adding more during this week.

This channel would NOT have been possible were it not for this place. It's playing on here that has taught me to pare back my playing, assess what a drummer gives to the music and, equally importantly, hone my recording skills to make it technically possible. So a big thank you to Wikiloops!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUibCp2Nz_kB7lNJmEo2ZQA
Edited by mpointon on September 18 2019 09:05
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Hi Martin I like the idea of the channel. You are a natural in front of a camera. Your Enthusiasm comes through easily. Maybe slow Down just a little bit in explaining, remember I'm a southerner. Looking forward to some good insight and teaching. Finally trying to use the potential of Reaper with some FX plugins. It would be nice to learn how to finally mix drums. G
Edited by Drumshticks on September 19 2019 00:34
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Thank you, 'Shticks. I'll reply to your message too.

As for recording techniques, I will consider it but I also don't consider myself any exponent of such things! But I'll give it a go.

Nevertheless, I've had play with a 'live' Wikiloops track here which I hope does the job! This is me playing a track 'live' to a Wikiloops track.

https://www.facebook.com/sticktothepocket/videos/367654414113126/

And this is what I hate the most so far: it seems I have to prove my 'chops' before people will listen. I hate doing it. I just want to play and help others play. But my 'view count' tripled with this video because I, basically, showed off. Hate it. But it's what I have to do to get people to listen.
Edited by mpointon on September 23 2019 03:37
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mpointon wrote:
Thank you, 'Shticks. I'll reply to your message too.

As for recording techniques, I will consider it but I also don't consider myself any exponent of such things! But I'll give it a go.

Nevertheless, I've had play with a 'live' Wikiloops track here which I hope does the job! This is me playing a track 'live' to a Wikiloops track.

https://www.facebook.com/sticktothepocket/videos/367654414113126/

And this is what I hate the most so far: it seems I have to prove my 'chops' before people will listen. I hate doing it. I just want to play and help others play. But my 'view count' tripled with this video because I, basically, showed off. Hate it. But it's what I have to do to get people to listen.


I'd say keep showing off! Very much enjoyed watching you. And a great track!
Edited by FrankieJ on September 23 2019 08:10
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Wonderful videos, Martin, I'm enjoying them very much (and I'm not even a drummer!) :) I even forwarded your link to my wife (she bought some sticks in the Hard Rock Cafe in London lately, but isn't a drummer as well until now).

Also the one on FB - you're on the same level like Alex, Marc, and Tof here, so why not show it? A cool band, really! But I understand your sentiment against showing off, it rarely helps the music ;)

Thanks and greetings to Cambridge,
cheers,
Wolfgang

Edit: btw, have you seen my article about the nicely fanned out AVL (MIDI-) drumkit in https://wolfgang.lonien.de/2019/09/a-rhythm-group-setup-for-ardour/ ? I guess if you can show your setup from Reaper, that would probably help some (of the real drummer) people here, and would be very interesting to see for the rest of us as well...
Edited by wjl on September 24 2019 08:24
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It is always a challenge to pull back from over playing. Usually I fail that challenge. For me, it is put your best foot forward when playing. This philosophy doesn't always work though lots of tracks on the wiki just need basic drumming. I believe the goal of the drummer should be not to overwhelm the song just to complement. I like to hear drummers throw everything at it. Not really to impress so much as to just show aboveboard proficiency. I like dissecting drummers oh, that is there playing. Breaking down each thing they do could it be better or was it just right. I do the same for my own playing. Yes again I over play too many drag rolls, too many cymbal hits on and on. Everything is not an audition for whiplash.

As of recent, I have started using Reaper more and more. Really like this program . It has a lot of potential especially for the money. My plugins are from samplitude. Another good program. The route I want to take now and for the future is to run separate tracks for each instrument in the kit. On another note it would be great for musicians / drummers to share how they mix drums. I am still a fledgling at this. Though a lot of it is common sense. Don't expect CD quality but you can get real close to it. Thanks for sharing the article Wolfgang.
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