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    Hi all.

    I've been lurking on the site for a couple of months and love what I see so it's time to join in. A little about me: I started drumming about 5 years ago in my early/mid 40's. My best friend (a life long drummer) loaned me half of his double bass kit to start practicing on. After about 6 months and a few scattered lessons I found an awesome Tama Starclassic kit locally and "stole it" (to use the seller's words). I played on it for about a year and decided to make the switch to e-drums and I've never looked back. Bought a TD-9KX (I believe that's what I bought - version 1 with the mesh toms).

    Originally I just wanted to play around on the kit and, if I let myself dream a little, thought one day I might be good enough to fill in at our then church when the regular drummer was gone. In other words, I thought playing in my spare bedroom would be all I'd ever do - haha. Well, life can sometimes exceed our expectations. My friend was playing in a band that went to a women's prison every other month to conduct a chapel service and minister to them. The band leader owns a music store and connected the band with a startup church. We visited and after a couple of weeks, I got the opportunity to play live. Since it was a startup the expectations were not that high (they had been singing to CDs.) I got about 6 months experience playing live there before they found a permanent team.

    While there, the prison ministry band asked me to join them (my friend and I alternate songs) and I've been playing with them for 2 years and counting. I've since had the opportunity to play at another church for a couple of months while their drummer recovered from surgery and I currently fill in about once a month at one of our band mates' church when their drummer can't make it.

    My friend bought the same TD-9 kit I have and we trade off ideas, settings, etc. I'm a lifetime member of drumeo.com and that's where I get 99% of my practice material. I've tried private lessons but don't care for the structure. If I want to take a week off, then I do. If I want to work on something different, I do. I realize that at my age I'm not going to be a more than probably average and so I don't feel compelled to spend the thousands of hours practicing. I play Contemporary Christian music and while some parts can be challenging, for the most part it's pretty straightforward stuff.

    So that's about me (well - what pertains to drumming). Just having fun with it and enjoying it.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by billgtx; 12-21-13, 05:34 PM.
    TD-25KV, Yamaha DXR15, MG10. Senn 280HD.

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    Welcome to the forum, billgtx!


    Awesome introduction!
    Nice to see you've scored yourself some live-playing experience. Drumeo's lessons seem to be paying off and well worth the money...

    I've seen in your signature you have upgraded to Ver. 2 and additional hardware - it can only go up from there!


    Welcome aboard! - Happy Drumming!
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    Greetings from Switzerland,
    - Dänoh



    "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

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    • #3
      Cool!

      Good intro, and welcome to the madness.

      Don't hang out here too often, or you may end up with bigger and bigger ideas for your kit!
      DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
      Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

      My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum, great testimony. J
        I could tell you where to stick that piezo! ;)
        Stealthdrums.com Mega Kit: Pearl Mimic Pro ,2Box modules,drums and cymbals too many to count. VST quality sounds directly from the Mimic and custom sounds loaded into and played directly from the 2Box modules. Visit me anytime at: http://stealthdrums.com/

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        • #5
          Welcome to the forum - GJ on the live stuff - i'll bet that moves your playing on ten-fold from just playing in the comfort of your own home!
          --
          West London, UK.
          TD-11 module | DTXplorer rack | 3 x tp65 | 12" millenuim mesh head snare | cy-5, pcy65s and pcy150 cymbals | fd8 hh | krigg kick trigger w/ mapex raptor pedal.

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          • #6
            Welcome to forum! Have Fun!
            8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
            http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hairmetal-81 View Post
              Welcome aboard! - Happy Drumming!
              Thanks Dänoh. I've been to Switzerland. Basel - on business. Whereabouts are you from?


              Originally posted by perceval View Post
              Don't hang out here too often, or you may end up with bigger and bigger ideas for your kit!
              Haha. Maybe. Just bought the Acustix VEX kit as a tryout. Since I sometimes travel with my kit (I think the TD-9's are a perfect mix between features and portability) I doubt I'll expand too much.


              Originally posted by JmanWord View Post
              Welcome to the forum, great testimony. J
              Thanks. I appreciate that.


              Originally posted by Cheddies View Post
              Welcome to the forum - GJ on the live stuff - i'll bet that moves your playing on ten-fold from just playing in the comfort of your own home!
              It does and has! I learn more by trying to play parts of songs just like the original drummer than by practicing patterns and trying to figure out where to apply them. And the most important thing I learned from my friend is how to be part of a band. That's where his mentoring comes in very handy.


              - Bill
              TD-25KV, Yamaha DXR15, MG10. Senn 280HD.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fulrmr(Daniel) View Post
                Welcome to forum! Have Fun!
                Will do. Thanks.
                TD-25KV, Yamaha DXR15, MG10. Senn 280HD.

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                • #9
                  Welcome and thanks for the wonderful intro. Post some pics and have fun. Enjoy the GAS!

                  K ;-)
                  My bands: Alter Ego, Arcanum
                  E Kit = Roland TDW-20s kit // Roland SPD-S// Pearl Demon Drives//
                  A Kit = Tama Swingstar 5 pc (1981) w/roto toms (orig owner!) //Zildjians
                  A Kit = Natal 6 pc with Paiste 2000 & Zildjian/MidiKNights/DrumSplitters

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kenster View Post
                    Welcome and thanks for the wonderful intro. Post some pics and have fun. Enjoy the GAS!

                    K ;-)
                    Not much there to see. A couple of older play alongs and 4 songs from a practice/social at our house a few weeks ago. http://www.youtube.com/user/billgtx1/videos
                    TD-25KV, Yamaha DXR15, MG10. Senn 280HD.

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