As my Fall semester comes to a close, I’d like to open NEW doors! I have been on Skype for a while now for trading language lessons with Spanish speakers, and I’ve decided I’d like to start making more use of the power of the Internet. So…
I’M NOW OFFERING ONLINE DRUMS LESSONS (via Skype) woo!
My Skype name is: rclarkyyyy
The price will be the same as my normal rates (30mins = 15$) (1hr = 25$). Check my ‘ONLINE Lessons’ section for more details.
So if you’re looking to learn to play the drums from the cozy-ness of your bedroom, now is the time! Feel free to add me on Skype, though send me an EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a COMMENT to be sure I see it. I look forward to hearing from all you guys and gals!
– Ryan Clark
I hope everyone’s been having a good summer so far. Personally, mine’s been going great; I’m volunteering at a daycare for autistic children in Dublin and I’ve working on some musical projects. And, as you can see, I bought a Wuhan china cymbal from Best Buy for about $15. This wasn’t a very serious buy because I found an old Best Buy gift card that still had some money on it, so I thought “Why not?” and bought it. And for those of you who don’t know, $15 for any kind of cymbal is extremely cheap.
And so, as I expected, I pretty much got what I paid for in terms of quality. The cymbal came somewhat dirty with some scratches on it, but nothing too bad. And when I played it, it was surprisingly loud, almost too loud. Louder than all my other cymbals somehow. It sounded very trashy as well. And although I typically enjoy trashy sounds (probably from more expensive cymbals), this china’s tone just sounded cheap. However, I think I might’ve found a use for it in my kit by using it in a stack (two cymbals stacked on top of each other – it can create unique sounds). I put a Wuhan splash on top of it, which dampened the sound a bit and actually sounded alright. I might toy around with it some more later, but I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.
I think the lesson I learned here is that there usually should be a minimum on how much I spend on a cymbal. Although I prefer to buy cheap, good-sounding cymbals, I think this was too cheap. I could barely stand the sound of the china on its own, which isn’t a good sign. However, there are ways around it, like how I used it for a stack. And cleaning it can alter the sound as well. All in all, if you’re seriously looking for a cymbal, I would recommend buying something more expensive.
That’s all for now! Happy drumming!
– Ryan Clark