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Old 26-12-07, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Flourishing Bass Drummers!!!

Do any of you bass drummers play the old traditional way and still flourish?

I think it is an art that should be revived for concerts and public appearances.

I cannot see it happening in competitions, as most play with beaters. and modern bass section scores do not cater for this type of playing

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Old 26-12-07, 09:30 PM   #2
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I remember our old bass drummer played with the drum strapped to his neck, no harnass. He used to spin the whole bass drum round. The crowd loved it!
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I COULD BE WRONG HERE, BUT I BELIEVE BRIAN MORGAN FLOUISHES ON BASS EVEN AT COMPETITIONS.....

I think there is a you tube video too
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I COULD BE WRONG HERE, BUT I BELIEVE BRIAN MORGAN FLOUISHES ON BASS EVEN AT COMPETITIONS.....

I think there is a you tube video too
Yes, I've seen Brian flourish many a time on bass and it's awesome to watch! Kenneth has a video of Brian at Kansas on YouTube. I'd ask Brian or Kenneth if they want the link posted here first.

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Our bass wants to get started flourishing... he's an ex-tenor. I just need to get him the flourishing sticks I've heard about.
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Hey! Thanks for the kind comments!

Here's the link to last year's Winterstorm. That's what I have been able to do so far with a M&G mallets, no strings attached.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPzMHogX0S8


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Do any of you bass drummers play the old traditional way and still flourish?

I think it is an art that should be revived for concerts and public appearances.

I cannot see it happening in competitions, as most play with beaters. and modern bass section scores do not cater for this type of playing

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I think it can be used in comps Kaily. I am working very hard to try and develop a style to meld the old traditional flourishes with the new rhythm's of today.

I think what I did on you tube was a starting point. Bob Meade just made me a custom set of sticks to my specs. I have only begun working with them, and I can already tell it will be awesome down the road! However, The new stuff I am working on is complicated!! It's difficult to get everything in on time with the insane band tempos we play in the upper grades.

Hopefully by Maxville I may have something good enough to present. For now, I am concentrating on cracking the top three at winterstorm. Thank's in advance to Ryan Barr who makes this stuff flow like the St. Lawrence.

That's where I am at. Not sure what others have cooking. Cross your fingers for me!

Hope every is having a good holiday!

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Awesome performance, Brian!! And with no strings? Funny, I didn't see a single flying mallet during the whole performance, or did they just go so fast I missed them?

Do keep us posted on how it's going, if it isn't top secret. And if you get a chance and the energy, a how to video would be a big help to bass drummers all over the world.
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The bass drummers who flourished in " the olden days" used ties or strings their sticks were more like tenor drum sticks, the top exponents of bass drum flourishing were great to watch.

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That's what I am working on now. with strings and such
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Brian, have you ever seen Stewart Hogg twirl whilst playing bass? I still remember the first time I saw him do it: it was at the Sat. night ceilidh at the Capital District games many many years ago. He was on bass, Matt Hamilton was on tenor (with his hearing aid turned way up), and Scott Armit on snare. It was quite the show! He twirled his sticks over the bass as well as to the sides, just as he would have had he been playing tenor.
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