Postcards from Tradocia

Category: music

Roland snare with Yamaha e-drums

Since our postage stamp-sized house is too small for me to have a real drum set, I started looking for ways to upgrade my Yamaha DTXPLORER electronic drum set. The easiest (and most common) upgrade was a snare drum pad with a mesh head, replacing the standard rubber pad for a more “realistic” and bouncier feel. Unfortunately, Roland has a patent on the mesh head technology (apparently – seems like patenting an “online shopping cart” or something), so Yamaha doesn’t have any mesh pads of their own. I bought a Roland PDX-8 snare pad anyway, figuring that it should work fine.

For the most part, it does. I was a little worried about mounting the pad to the frame, but the MDH-10U pad mount worked fine. The pad is supposed to be a dual-zone pad, so you can play regular snare hits as well as rim shots and cross sticks, but the Roland method of triggering rim shots is different than Yamaha’s, so it doesn’t really work. Oh well…

Two pictures of the setup: one, two.

Jam Session Number 3

Thanks to Rock Band, I took up an interest in learning to play the drums. I bought a Yamaha DTXPLORER electronic drum set (with last year’s economic stimulus check – thanks, Big Brother!) and started taking drum lessons.

A few weeks ago, JoKur dug his electric guitar out of storage, and for the last few weeks we’ve been playing “real music” instead of Rock Band. Of course, we sound much better in Rock Band, but our experiments are fun nonetheless…

Fearing no embarrassment, here is a clip of our playing. Mediocre, at best, but we can only go up from here.

Jam Session No. 3

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