Photo by Scott Pickering

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bring "Ears"

With so many situations that eschew wedges in favor of in-ear monitors and recording sessions taking place in non-conventional settings, I always bring some “ears” to gigs.  You cannot count on every venue to provide some “cans” or “buds.” Have your own set at the ready.
I was hired for a session by an artist that was recording on a laptop studio. Just before I left my home, I noticed my headphone extension cable coiled on a stand. I decided that it would not be needed.
To my dismay, the artist/engineer had brought only one set of headphones to the session.  Good thing that I had my set… but that extension would have sure come in handy.  
Always bring the ears…and maybe an extension.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stuff That Lives In My Mallet Case

Timpani sticks might stay on a shelf until I get a "kettle call" and the general bass drum mallet only goes into my case when Gran Cassa is on the menu.  
There are some items that are used so frequently that they have made my mallet case their permanent residence.
Here is a baker's dozen of those occupants:
  • Concert snare sticks
  • Drumset sticks
  • Yarn marimba mallets (for suspended cymbal)
  • Brushes
  • Triangle beaters
  • Drum key
  • Pencil(s)
  • Glockenspiel mallets
  • Xylophone mallets
  • 1/2 inch wrench (for tuning congas, bongos, & timbales)
  • Staff paper
  • Notebook
  • Djembe tuning wrench
How about it?  What is always in your mallet case?