drum jam - Link Wray - Rumble (also: 28" bass drum)
So, here's the story: Uwe, gitarrist and currently main ladies man in my band Lasse Reinstroem, suggested that we should do a cover of this fine piece of music. So here I am, getting familiar with the original song. Playing wise I need to note that I kept the bass drum pattern straight throughout the whole thing unlike the recording suggests. I just couldn't be bothered to memorise the changes on the fly. Also, that gets a nice echo-thing going at some points, which I like while playing along. There's a couple of more reasons for this video, though: One. I was trying a two camera setup, which - as you might notice - worked out. Two. To whom it may concern: In the next few weeks, I'm going to do a couple of more drum jams on some more or less popular songs in different styles, because I feel like it. (IF third party claims are going to let me show you.) And finally, three. I wanted to show off my latest acquisition. It's a vintage 14"x28" bass drum that I got off of ebay. It's a rather unique drum in that I got it in pretty bad condition having to do over some stuff about it. I redid the bearing edges, swapped out the unstable feet and filled some holes in the shell. The hoops are still a bit wonky, as they're not nearly round anymore, but you can get a nice sound out of this big boy, anyway. The shell is rather unusual, aswell. It's kind of flimsy with reinforcement rings about two inches wide. I don't know what type of wood it's made from, but it doesn't seem too high-grade. Also, as you can clearly see, the drum doesn't use lugs to tighten the drumheads, which is a feature that I find intriguing. As far as drumheads go, I'd have to say that getting 28" heads in Germany is a bitch. Originally, I was going for an Emperor on the batter side and a Fiberskyn Powerstroke 3 on the resonant side, but I would have had to wait a couple of months for my music store to import those from the states. So, I settled for the closest thing that I could get ahold of in Germany. Now, it's a Powerstroke 4 on the batter side and a Fiberskin Ambassador on the resonant side, which I think is close enough and it seems to work rather well. Additionally I whacked a rather small cushion in there, touching a bit of both drumheads. So, all in all it's a really whacky bass drum, but that's why it's got my name written all over it. I dig stuff like that.(Don't get me started on the snare I used for this. [There might be coming some snare reviews later this year, though.]) So that's all I've got to say for now. Cheers and a have good one! PS: This video is kind of a wet t-shirt contest. Despite the glaring sunshine you can clearly see through the window behind me - sorry for the bad lighting - it was pouring with rain as I was riding my bike to the rehearsal space and I got thoroughly soaked. So yeah... That was a fun thing, i guess.