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Hi drummers,

In this lesson I just want to talk a bit about your individual setup on the kit, gear wise, and give you a bit of insight into the drums and cymbals I choose to use, which will hopefully give you some idea on how to choose what suits you.

Obviously we are all different players, we have different tastes and interests and this will largely affect the sizes and models of drums, cymbals, sticks and skins we choose to play. I endorse 3 companies: Sleishman Drums, Vater Sticks, and Prologix Percussion (who make awesome practice pad setups). Here I'll run through the sizes and models I play and tell you why they suit the type of playing I do.

Generally I freelance. This means I do all different types of gigs, playing all different types of music. On any given week this could mean; rock, funk, country, blues, acoustic, jazz combo, jazz big band, Latin American, caberet, theatre shows, cruise ships etc. For me, I need versatility. I use the following gear:


I play all 3 models of the Sleishman Pro Series kit. I use the Fusion kit (red fade) setup in the studio at home to film and record on. I use the Rock kit (matte black) on any commercial type gig with my signature snare, and I use the Bop kit (clear gloss) on any jazz or softer gig. I use a wide variety of Soultone Cymbals depending on the gig. I use a wide variety of Vater sticks, and practice on Prologix Percussion Pads.

Fusion Kit - 20x16, 10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 14x5.5
Rock Kit - 22x18, 10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 14x5.5
Bop Kit - 18x14, 12x9, 14x12, 14x5.5


Cymbals Studio (Zildjian) - 14" K Hats, 16" A Custom Crash, 17" A Custom Crash, 20" K Dry Light Ride, 17" K China
Cymbals Live (Zildjian) - 14" New Beat Hats, 16" A Thin Crash, 18" A Crash/Ride, 20" K Heavy Ride (rock), 20" K Ride (jazz)


Generally I use Vater LA 5As, but I use 5Bs for heavy rock, and 7A or Manhattan 7A's for jazz and light styles.


In addition to Drumkit I also play and teach Percussion. Although I have an assortment of percussion in my studio, I actually get most of my playing done on electronic percussion. This being a Malletkat Grand KS, and a Roland SPDSX. Aside from the incredibly accurate sounds in each, it's great to be able to put the headphones on when the kids are sleeping and get some practice done!

For mallets I use mostly the standard stuff; Balter, Innovative, Putnam etc.




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