QUOTE(Amber @ Oct 5 2006, 10:02 PM)
I guess about two and a half years now, as he got his first kit as a Christmas present. He was self taught originally as we couldn't find him a teacher, but now he has lessons at school. Did you have difficulty finding a teacher?
Well I thought you seemed nice!
The other members of his band are coming round to practice tomorrow, as there's a concert coming up at his school. The bass player is bringing his BIG amp!!! The neighbours are so going to love us!
Well, I started learning at school (primary school) but after two years we moved to a private teacher... At the time, he was relatively new to teaching, but is now a lot more experienced - he has now taught me for 9 years, which makes me his longest-standing student!!
As for bass amps - in my old band, the bassist had a Peavey-115 amp which was so heavy it took two of us to lift it... On the last day of term a couple of years ago, we went to a deserted classroom in the school and removed the wheels from the bottom of the teacher's office-chair to put them on the bottom of the amp! But before we'd got them all off, the teacher walked in (we were unscrewing the fourth wheel at the time) and we had to put them all back!
If anyone's interested in a full gear list, I could post it here (but won't unless people want it, as it's rather long!) or you can find it on my website... A brief synopsis of what I use, however...
I have two kits - a brand new Premier Series, and a 50-year-old Vintage Premier kit from the late 1940's or early 1950's... I use Paiste and UFIP cymbals... Remo heads... A mixture of hardware, but mainly a Gibraltar rack system, Premier 4000-Series stands and Premier 6000-Series pedals... And ofc, the best drumsticks in the world! Pellwood Profession Drumsticks from Prague in the Czech Republic!
Like I say - if anyone wants to know more about this, please do ask! Or look it up on my website!
And as for the neighbours - you'd think it would be very awkward, as the people on one side of us have three young children (who come complete with obligatory early bed-times!) whilst the guy on the other side works night-shifts and likes to sleep during the daytime!!
But actually, it couldn't be simpler! They're all really understanding, and all like my playing (wow!) so I tend to play any time from around 0900 to 2030 during the day!