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Gavin clinic -> D-Day, Meppel (NL) 25.06.11 (Read 1165 times)
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Gavin clinic -> D-Day, Meppel (NL) 25.06.11
26. Jun 2011 at 01:10
 
While the clinics in Italy, Switzerland and the UK were unaccessible for me, I was glad that I made it to Holland to see Gavin.  
 
He performed for about 90 minutes. He played the following tracks:
 
  • Sound of Muzak
  • Unsettled (from "Drop" with 05ric)
  • Futile (Big Band Version! Shocked)
  • Bonnie the Cat
  • Anesthetize (middle section)
  • 19 days
  • Jazz tune

 
In between the tracks he answered lots of questions and explained and demonstrated many techniques. Here are some things I remember:
 
- someone asked about a part in "Way out of here". Gavin explained it as his hands playing a typical African groove while his feet play the pattern of "the famous song Bleed by Meshuggah Smiley" . Then he played the part and amazingly you could really recognize the African groove and the Meshuggah and together it was "Way out of here"!
 
- someone asked about the crazy sh*t in "Halo" and Gavin played it and explained it
 
- someone asked how he plays laid back on a metronome click. Gavin replied that he was influenced by two drummers (I forgot their names Sad) and that hes always on the latest possible millisecond of the beat. So his drumming is always very laid back. He demonstrated this with a jazzy play-along track.
 
- Gavin talked about the challenge of inventing new drum patterns. He was influenced by Steve Jansen from Japan who doesnt have a great technique, but who is creative in making new patterns. He then played a typical Steve Jansen pattern which was simple 4/4, but innovative (Snare on 1 and 2). As it is a challenge to invent really new drum patterns it is even harder to do this in a simple 4/4 beat because billions of songs are in 4/4. So he is a bit proud that he managed to invent a new pattern with Bonnie the Cat which is a simple 4/4. He then played it and after this he demonstrated that its really 4/4 and that its really odd!! The audience had to clap a simple straight beat and he played Bonnie the cat along with it.
 
- Before he played 19 days he talked about his favour of odd meters and how he counts them (always groups of two and three)
 
- He showed the double bass work in Anesthetize which is "a lot easier than it sounds" Grin
 
 
Here are some crappy pics from my pocket camera
 
 
 
 
 
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Reply #1 - 26. Jun 2011 at 05:33
 
Excellent post! Thanks for sharing.  
 
I really wish Gavin would/could do a drum clinic tour in the US!
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Reply #2 - 27. Jun 2011 at 07:07
 
I was lucky to attend a clinic in Switzerland. It was a great experience. Here's my review: http://tsonol.tumblr.com/post/6784642427/live-gavin-harrison-drum-clinic-prattel n-ch  
 
 
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Reply #3 - 27. Jun 2011 at 20:41
 
Quote from navigator on 27. Jun 2011 at 07:07:
I was lucky to attend a clinic in Switzerland. It was a great experience. Here's my review:

 
Thanks for sharing.
 
I agree with most of it except the very first sentence! Grin
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Reply #4 - 08. Oct 2011 at 01:48
 
It appears that when Gavin gives a clinic in Holland, i'm occupied.
Wanted to visit Meppel, couldn't go.
Ittervoort, couldn't go.  
Missed him twice in 3 months time ...
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