I am painfully aware that having a large kit (steady ladies), does not make you make you a better tub thumper.
However, I had a sequence of targets to work through since plotting my return and I have just ticked another task on the list in putting together V1 of my practice 'Jazz' Kit. Yes, it is self indulgent to have a second kit, but I wanted to target and improve on key areas in a controlled environment.
I think of all the Roland kits, out of the box and value for money, the TD-9 has impressed me the most.
|I wanted to return to using the TD-9's Scope facility to tighten up my playing and also I wanted to do this in a very controlled manner, so all the drums on the 'Jazz' kit are small 8 1/2 inch drums, so accuracy is paramount and with just a snare and two toms, it will also push me to improve on my fills and explore the rudiments.|
It's a cracking kit to play, really great fun and I'll focus hard on my weak areas in a warm up on the 'Jazz' kit before heading over to 'the main gig'!
Talking of which, I have added a second Smartrigger China over the SPD-S and dare I say it, barring any new products or upgrades, the 'Genesis' kit is now complete.
|Yesterday was also a landmark day for me as I booted up the Zoom 1608 16 track for the first time and managed to import a demo to add drums to and then I managed to work out how to add some drums over another two channels. |
It was all very basic stuff, but for an old dog like me, trust me, it was huge!
My ultimate aim is to write and record an album, something I have always felt that I have within me, but don't hold your breath on that one, it could be another 346 years!
Off into the light...