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Hellschef

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Hi everyone I've just joined this forum and I thought I'd introduce myself to everyone. My name is Kevin Howden (although I prefer Kev) and I'm 19 years old and from a city called Lincoln in England.

I've played drums for four and three-quater years and I'm completley self taught and I generally play progressive rock my main influences being; Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree, Nick D'Virgilio of Spock's Beard and Mattew Bellamy of Muse. Mt first taste of Progressive drumming came in the form of Home by Dream Theater around 3 years ago and since then Dream Theater have become my favourite band and Mike Portnoy my biggest influence and inspiration. I feel that I was naturally drawn towards prog because I always listened out for complex drum parts and always had a craving to do stuff that would be pushing the very limits of what I could play and I've done that since I started playing and continue to do that now. In terms of my abilities I have a firm grasp on odd-time signatures and also more recently have been really getting into cross timing or polyrythms and I have developed the ability to play very technically but not overplay and since listening to Gavin Harrison and Nick D'Virgilio have really started to combine feel into what I play and to make sure what I'm doing is more technical than your average rock groove but most importantly compliments the music overall.

My drum set up is petty standard but my cymbal set up is a bit more unorthdox:



I am a left handed drummer but I'm right footed and also lead across the toms from Left to Right. I play open handed with my Ride cymbal and Hats to the Left very much like Simon Phillips and I like to think that the way I play brings a more interesting approach of how to play a what is essentially a right handed kit. As well as playin drums I have the ability to compose; Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Strings and Orhestral parts, Synth Lead parts (and a multitude of other keyboards parts) and also vocal harmony's so I guess you can say I'm more of an all round muscian like Neal Morse (who is a major influence in my writing) and I contribute song ideas and full songs to my band as well just playing drums and I think that its very important for drummers to do this I mean why be ignored if you have good ideas? A lot of drummers have told me that they have great songs ideas in their head like a really cool Guitar riffs and stuff but because they can't notate it they can't contribute it to the band their in and nearly all of them wish they could that I've talked to so I'm glad that I've taught myself how to notate pitch because I think I'd go crazy if I couldn't!

Some of my favourite bands/artists are:
- Dream Theater
- Porcupine Tree
- Muse
- Neal Morse
- Transatlantic
- Spock's Beard
- Genesis
- Rush
- Pink Floyd

Anyways I've think I've written more than enough about myself so I'll just close with saying that I'm looking forward to being part of the community.

Hope you're all well,

Kev
 

chachaman02

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Hey, Kev. The name's Chad, although my stage name is Chastize. I'm 17 years old and I play mostly Hardcore rock. My biggest influences are The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) Carter Beauford (Dave Mathews Band) Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre) and Thomas Lang (independent). Looks like we have something in common. Anyway its good to hear young drummers that play progressive rock. Nice Setup! Lastly, What website or program do you use to put a model of your drumset up like that?
 

screamkevin

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chachaman02":1yprkyej said:
Lastly, What website or program do you use to put a model of your drumset up like that?
That is from DW's Kitbuilder, available on the Drum Workshop site.

And welcome to the forums, hellschef!!
 

Hellschef

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Thanks Chad looks like we do indeed have somthing in common, how many years have you played? If you go to: http://www.dwdrums.com/ and then click on 'Kitbuilder' you can make your set-up, your internet might ask you to allow pop-ups for that site because the program comes up as a pop-up type thing. All you have to do when you're done is screen print it and then paste it into Microsoft Paint or any other Bitmap editor and then if you want you can add labels to the cymbals as they're not actually part of the program.

Thankyou for the welcome evryone,

Kev
 

Flatliner

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You might like a band called King Crimson if you like the prog scene, they are insane, if you think dream theater is techinical listen to "lark's tonue in aspic" (any of its forms from part I-IV) and you'll crap yourself.

I think you'll also understand Dream Theater's music a little better in doing so as they basically took the best parts about crimson, yes, and rush and added the heaviness of metallica to make they're sound.

Also welcome to the board.

Another band you might like is Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
 

Hellschef

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Flatliner":1eea9m6a said:
You might like a band called King Crimson if you like the prog scene, they are insane, if you think dream theater is techinical listen to "lark's tonue in aspic" (any of its forms from part I-IV) and you'll crap yourself.

I think you'll also understand Dream Theater's music a little better in doing so as they basically took the best parts about crimson, yes, and rush and added the heaviness of metallica to make they're sound.

Also welcome to the board.

Another band you might like is Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
The wierd thing is I grew up listening to ELP and Crimson (Bill Bruford is insane :p ) because my dad is a big fan but I never really questioned what type of music it really was as it was before I got into music in a serious way (which happened when I was about 13 or 14).

My favourite old skool prog song of all time is Supper's Ready by Genesis and in fact Foxtrot is one of my favourite albums of all time :D
 
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