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Cymbal Choices of the Greats

The Prof is in, Todd Sucherman

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The Prof is in, Todd Sucherman

I met Todd Sucherman a few years back when he did a clinic at a local drumstore I worked for at the time.  I will say first that I loved his playing (before I met him) and his kit too.  Now, I'm not a real lover of large drum sets (having owned some and well, basically been lost behind them - the dreaded Cul-de-Sac (an English term for a short street that bends back on itself and doesn't go anywhere) fill appeared more than once at gigs) probably due to the gigs I do/did rather than an objection to them...

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The Prof is in. Ash Soan

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The Prof is in. Ash Soan

We move from one extreme to the other this blog (in both set up and the number of notes covered!).  Last time I covered the monumental chops and musicality of Virgil Donati (whaddya mean you missed it...go find it right now, go on, I'll wait) so I thought we'd go all minimal this time with the UK groove merchant and fabulously well dressed man, Ash Soan. If you haven't come across Ash yet, hunched over his Gretsch kit, your ears probably have (they just haven't had a word with your brain and let you know it was him).  Sessions with...

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The Prof is in. Virgil Donati

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The Prof is in. Virgil Donati

An article in the July edition of DRUM magazine has prompted this weeks 'Cymbals of the Greats' blog as it reminded me of the first time I saw this drummer perform. It was on one of Virgil's first visits to the UK when he was endorsing Premier drums (that night he was playing their birch 'Genista' model - he's now with dw) and the clinic tour (which he was sharing with pipe band legend Jim Kilpatrick and then 'Take That' drummer Steve Washington) called at my home town of Warrington (UK). Jim Kilpatrick opened the show and admirably demonstrated why...

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The Prof is in. Jeff Porcaro

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The Prof is in. Jeff Porcaro

After featuring Shannon Forest in the last cymbal set up blog, it seemed important to follow on with one of his (and many other peoples) influences, the ever present (turn on the radio) and (in my humble opinion) brilliant Jeff Porcaro. I can't write much here that will be new for anyone to read but if you haven't heard of him I'll try to do some 'filling' (see what I did there...it's a blog about drummers and they play fills...oh, never mind). Son of the venerable Joe Porcaro (a great drummer in his own right) and brother to a great...

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The Prof is in. Shannon Forest

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The Prof is in. Shannon Forest

Next up to the plate on our run through drummers cymbal set ups is Nashville great Shannon Forest. He's been working in country music central since 1991 and racked up a very impressive resume covering recording dates with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw (and many more besides).  Couple this with more than a few Academy of Country Music Awards for his work and dates with Michael McDonald, you could quite rightly say this guy has considerable skills and musicality.  In fact it was his work with McDonald that put him on Toto's radar and we all...

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