At One Day Drum Shop on 5th May, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dave Longman, creator of the Skins Drum Performance Method to demonstrate his book & tell us about the reasons behind him writing it.
Not only is Dave an all-round good egg, he's come up with something to fill a gap in teaching books, and we think it's great! Have you ever had a pupil who just can't seem to make the leap from the very basics to grade 1? It can be demoralising and frustrating, but Skins DPM helps to fill that gap...
The book contains 18 tracks of real music (backing tracks are available for download from his website) building on more basic rhythms and becoming progressively more challenging. It's designed to work through with a teacher, rather than being self-taught.
By the end of the book, a student will be roughly grade 1-2 standard, and ready to progress onto a traditional graded book if they want to (until Dave writes Skins DPM book 2, that is!)
The tracks are "spiced up" with humerous (and track-appropriate) count-ins, which have had my pupils giggling and engaged. The tracks are fairly short and very manageable, also helping with reading. I've found the book massively helpful with some pupils who had been struggling to progress.
Barney has been using Code heads for a few months now, recently putting new heads on his kit:
Zero on the snare,
Law donut dot on the toms and a
Blast on the bass drum.
He's also used a Sterling on a second snare.
Barney plays with Doomicidal - described as "70's inspired doom with psychedelic touches".
"I stumbled across Code by accident, but I'm glad I did.
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DNA clear heads are suited to both batter and resonant use. They are constructed of a single, clear 10mils PET, giving great attack and depth and a wide, open tone with long decay. The heads also have a wide tuning range, increasing their versatility - great all-rounders.
DNA clear heads are available in 8"-18".
DNA COATED SINGLE PLY (Batter)
A great all-round head for any genre from light jazz through to rock. DNA coated heads can be used on toms or snare. The construction is 10mils single ply with a textured coating. The coating helps reduce overtones and gives a warm, big, fat sound. Strong attack and medium decay.
DNA coated heads are available in 6"-18".
Law Single Ply with Surface Donut Dot (Batter)
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Single 10mils clear ply with a 5mils PET donut dot. The PET dot gives extra durability and brings out more of the mid-tones for a classic retro sound. They can also be used as resonant heads. Also great for use on snare drums to give a unique and timeless sound.
Law heads are available in 8"-18".
We do also have limited stocks of the old design Law heads with a solid centre dot, although these have been discontinued.
Generator Twin Ply Clear (Batter)
Generator heads suit the heavier hitter who wants a punchy and controlled sound. The 18” can also be used on kick drum. Constructed from 2 x 7mils plies with bonded ring around the outside edge, which focuses and controls the sound and overtones and also gives the skins fast attack and decay. For a more open sound, use with DNA clear as the resonant heads, or for a more deadened sound, use with Reso Ring (RR).
We currently only stock the clear Generator heads, but can order the coated variety for you.
Generator heads are available in 8"-18".
Reso Ring (RR) (Resonant)
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Clear single 7mils ply with a narrow dampening ring around the outside edge. Developed to prevent drummers from having to use tape or taping tissue etc to the bottom of their toms to reduce the ring! The dampening ring helps to reduce unwanted overtones. Gives a punchy and controlled sound with reduced overtones and short decay. The heads make it much easier for sound engineers to control the sound of the toms when the drums are mic'd.
RR heads are available in 8"-18".
All of our prices in our web store include shipping to the mainland UK - if preferred you can collect your heads in person (at slightly lower costs due to lack of fees etc - please ask for a quote).
If you'd like any advice on selecting the best type of heads for your kit, drop me an e-mail, I'll be happy to help!
I gave each type a test-run and will review them in this blog.
Overall, although the coloured coating has a different "feel" to a natural stick (I usually use Vic Firth 5As), it actually gives an enhanced grip, which is one of many positive features of these sticks.
5A - Purple
No heavier than other 5As, despite being made of oak, this stick has a good natural rebound and good grip.
7A - Pink
These are a short-tapered, light stick that would be perfect for a smaller or younger player.
5B - Dark Blue
These are my choice of stick from the Van Howick range. Very beefy, lots of stick heft but comfy! A very nice taper giving great accuracy in a bigger stick.
2B - Light Blue
These deserve a special mention for being "Dave's Drums" blue, the same colour as our logo!
Not the longest feeling stick, but very loud with a fair amount of forward weight.
Jazz - Turquoise
Surprisingly large grip for a jazz model, a short taper keeps the weight forward on these sticks and the small tip gives good definition.
Rock - Green
A large stick with good heftiness but not too much weight. Loud and direct, but not just a sledgehammer!
SD2 - Yellow
A large grip with a very short taper to a small bead tip. Great snare stick.
SD3 - Light Orange
"5A" style grip but with a bit more weight from the shorter taper. Perfect "fusion" style stick.
SD4 - Dark Orange
A 5B feel with more forward weight and great articulation from the small tip.
In conclusion, I am very impressed with these sticks.
not too heavy (surprising for Oak), good grip, and a nice selection, with something for every player.
I am delighted to recommend them.
We await new ranges from Van Howick with much excitement - watch this space!
At Dave’s Drums, we mostly deal in second hand and reconditioned gear, but our biggest exception to this is the CODE range of heads and accessories. I feel very fortunate to have a good direct supply from a great new company.
So...why CODE heads?
Well first up, the CODE team had the faith in Dave's Drums to give us an account when we were first starting out, which in this industry is a rare thing.
Secondly, they are a new and evolving company too, and are constantly bringing out new and improved heads.
Finally the price which is just fantastic - where else can you get a 22” pre damped ebony bass drum head for £16 including postage?
CODE now have a very comprehensive range of heads which I attempt to keep in stock at Dave’s Drums Towers!
First up we have the “Honour” range, now renamed “DNA Clear”, a single ply clear drumhead, great as a light batter head or as a resonant head. Equivalent to an Evans G1 or Remo Ambassador weight head.
The next range is “DNA Coated” - basically the same head, but with a white coating added, perfect as a jazzy open sounding tom head or as a snare batter head. On the subject of coated heads, I know there has been a lot of chat on forums about coating coming off certain other brands of head, I’ve never had a problem with any CODE heads shedding coating and have never had any complaints from people I’ve sold too, the coating seems to be nicely uniform and very durable.
Third range is the “Law” series of heads, a single ply clear head with a black top dot. I’ve found these heads to be very easy to use, they look awesome, tune up well and the centre dot slightly damps the head giving a very funky retro look and sound. You will find these heads on a lot of Dave’s drums kits, as they just look so cool.
Next up are the double ply heads. Originally called “Hacker”, these have been reworked and rebranded as the “Generator” series. A twin ply head with a bonded outer edge similar in sound and construction to the classic Remo Pinstripe head, they give a warm dense tone (great for rock) and have the distinctive rainbow “oil slick” look of most double ply heads (in fact this type are often mistakenly referred to as oil filled heads - this 'oily' effect is actually light splitting between the layers of the heads. If you think about it, oil is not rainbow coloured, what you are seeing on an oil spill is the same thing, light being split and bouncing about on the film of oil. Weirdly enough, the only true oil filled head I know of is the Evans Hydraulic range and they don’t get the rainbow shimmer effect, the oil just clumps together in little patches, and they sound like you’ve put a wet towel over your drums - but I digress!)
"Enigma" bass drum heads are single ply, designed as bass drum resonant heads, with an inner damping ring for a controlled thump. We stock only the black, although I can get white as a special order.
Lastly we have the specialist “Zero” and “Genetic” snare heads, only available in 13” and 14” sizes. These are a reverse dot coated single ply batter and thin clear snare side heads respectively. "Genetic" heads are available normal and heavy weight heads.
I’ve been massively impressed with CODE heads, and whilst I personally find they have slightly less tone than the US made Remo or Evans equivalent they are way better than the Far Eastern Remo or Evans factory heads you get fitted as stock heads to most kits, and at a fraction of the price.
We recently re-headed a kit top and bottom for a customer and the price difference for them in using CODE rather than the Remo heads they had been using was over £120 (the kit was 8", 10", 12", 14" plus 14" snare and a 22" kick). Our customer said he couldn't hear any difference.
You can browse and buy from our CODE range here, or contact me if you'd like a quote for re-heading and tuning your kit!
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