Traci never ceases to amaze us with her artwork and attention to detail. “For years prior to that, I always wanted a drum set, but we couldn’t afford it,” he recalled. That’s why I finished school. Pressure wise, it wasn’t too much fun. I wasn’t eating a lot, but I was just grabbing food on the run and sitting a lot, and I got into real bad physical shape. I find more and more the need to be able to entertain myself on piano because drums leave a void in that way, as far as melodic interpretation, so I really enjoy it, plus it helps with writing.”. The calls, however, were for Mason the percussionist. Set where you live, what language you speak, and the currency you use. I opted to go with a company that is growing.”.

“When I was really young, I was just into reading and I didn’t play the drum set at all. “A good studio player is someone who goes on the date and feels at ease playing anything called for to make the artist happy, and is fully capable of doing that. Mason says the choice to continue his musical education after high school was the best decision he could have possibly made. I was impatient and wanted to go faster than the teacher thought I should go, and also, faster than I was ready to go. Simply the best.....as always!! We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns. Send me exclusive offers, unique gift ideas, and personalized tips for shopping and selling on Etsy. That’s a big, wide-open drum sound, and the R&B set is muffled a lot, and things are higher pitched. Exquisite!! At the close of last year, however, he had overextended himself, working on his fifth album, MVP, while producing projects for Midnight Star, Locksmith, Cassiopia and Lee Ritenour. I want everything; I want it both ways. I didn’t play on that song because it wasn’t necessary, and I was trying to say, ‘Look, I’m man enough, even on my own record, not to do that because it’s not what’s called for.’ So as far as my being the focal point, it wasn’t really like that. So right now I’m just doing dates and nothing else. I didn’t know where I was going to get that money. Plus, the Conservatory gave me a good musical background. I’m so aware of the fact of sounding like myself, that in some situations, I’ll purposely try not to sound like myself because it doesn’t call for that sound. We finally had some words. “I also carry a case with six snare drums in it, because the acoustics in a studio are such that the snare drums are real special. “When I started going to shows and seeing Stevie Wonder and Motown bands and checking out the drummers, I began to get really enthused about playing. Even now, I feel that I could probably teach on a college level, and when I first came out to L.A. and I was getting my California teaching credential, I taught for six months at Hoover High School in Glendale and that was fun. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information. Try to evaluate what really makes them function in the setting they’re in. “I even played with a hanger on some movie I did, and it gave me a real light, tinny kind of effect. This set has the same drums, but with 16″ and 18” floor toms, and the 8 x 12 and 9 x 1 3 mounted on the bass drum. Eddie Marshall: Covering the Jazz Spectrum, Rock Perspectives – A Practical Application of Swiss Army Triplets, Teacher's Forum – Practice And Jazz Drumming. Please. Some of the cymbals include a 22″ A. Zildjian, an 18″ K. Zildjian, a 14″ or 16″ crash cymbal, a small 6″ he uses for certain effects, a Chinese cymbal, and an assortment of hi-hats.
A lot of people say if you play studios, you get stale. The bass drum is also 22″. You just do the homework at home, push a button and it plays. He can work in a lot of bands because he understands the function of a drummer from the standpoint of playing in a band, playing good time, good grooves, good fills and not getting in the way. If a drum doesn’t sound good in a room, sometimes I can alleviate the problem with a different snare. Find out more in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy.

Nigel Olsson (born 10 February 1949) is an English rock drummer, and singer best known for his long-time affiliation with Elton John. His R&B set consists of two mounted toms and two floor toms, sizes 8 x 12,9 x 13, 14 x 14 and 16 x 16 with a 22″ bass drum.

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A lot of times I’ll take drums to New York anyway, though, depending on the date. There are points about me that are real strong, and there are other things that I guess aren’t going to be as strong, but it all worked out.

Saying no will not stop you from seeing Etsy ads, but it may make them less relevant or more repetitive. It really takes you to a different place and also puts your playing on a different level. When he studied with Vic Firth of the Boston Symphony, during his instruction at New England, Mason became serious about mallet playing and practiced many hours daily, training as if he were going to pursue an orchestral job afterwards. It was perfect. If you’ve prepared enough, and have listened enough, and are musically sympathetic to a situation, you usually end up doing okay.”. Also with a 22″ bass drum, his rock set is for when he needs a big tom-tom sound. “I really enjoy seeing the public reaction to things. It was always sort of an ace in the hole. A dynamic drummer and backing vocalist, Olsson helped establish the Elton John sound as a member of John’s original power trio alongside bassist Dee Murray. “I would prepare by checking out the artist’s every album to check out style, how the drums sounded on previous records, etc. He also utilizes a variety of sticks, including 5B, 2B and 5A Bunken Sticks, Regal Tip Combos, for … He has performed in concert with Elton over 2,500 times. So at that point, I knew it was time for me to pursue the artist end of it a little more. The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly. After high school, he went to Berklee School of Music for a year and a half, until he received a scholarship to transfer to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he completed his education. You hear it on the radio and see that everybody is into it, and that’s nice, but to see it right there immediately is really great. I thought I knew, but I didn’t really, and I had to learn to bend and compromise that way. I told him to write it out, that I had no idea what he was talking about, and he got real insulted. Welcome, Nigel Olsson fans: you've found the #1 online resource for information and news about one of Elton John's most beloved sidemen. Each drum, depending on the size, has a resonance, a quality where it sounds incredible, and out of that range, it doesn’t sound good, no matter what you do. “When I first got into the studio, I figured I had a life expectancy of being a top studio drummer for five years, based on how styles and trends would go, but I’ve done a little better,” he concluded with a smile. I’m always trying to come up with something different, and all the different musical situations keep you stimulated.”. I went in there and played drums and there were some people there, one being J. J. Johnson. You have to listen to yourself, and if you’re playing the same things, it’s not going to be too pleasant to hear. Don’t be intimidated by anyone musically, and just do what you do best, and feel good about doing. €9.98, €13.30 Love it and will continue to order items!!! Aside from a few appearances with George Benson and Bob James, it is the only live performing he has done in recent years. Mason also has the entire line of Premier timpani, as well as, marimbas, vibes, bells, chimes and a xylophone. He has three large percussion cases filled with all kinds of percussion instruments, and a Latin case with congas, bongos, and other Latin instruments. I had all kinds of offers, even when I was in high school, to go out on the road and stuff, but I declined because I thought maybe it would be short-lived and there wasn’t any insurance. Listen to the music and try to figure out what your instrument does in various situations.

You've already signed up for some newsletters, but you haven't confirmed your address. Mason has experienced relatively few such situations, but like many musicians, cited Steely Dan as being extremely difficult to work with “and with the money they wish to pay, it isn’t worth the mental anguish. It’s like a computer, and they put it in a drum machine, and you can program it to play a song all the way through with fills and everything, and it’s great. Elton John and his band are at the Metro Radio Arena on December 3 as part of their Wonderful Crazy Tour … I try not to make drastic tunings on drums because they’re set for a certain sound.