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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Cow Bell / Wood Block ... how important?

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Las Vegas Nevada USA

Can't complain, but sometimes I still do
Jan 21st, 2011 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can think of plenty of songs that utilize these instruments.

I am thinking it's a pair you almost have to have in order to consider your kit complete.

What do you folks among the drumming crowd here on the FDP say?



Jan 21st, 2011 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have both, but these days only have the cowbell on my main kit because... one of the original band songs has cowbell in it... and, you can pretty much do woodblock (BTW, my woodblock is plastic) by doing crossstick (with a reversed stick) on the snare. Crossstick is holding one end of the stick on the snare head and playing into rim with the other end of the stick.

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Connecticut USA

I'm working on gospel time these days
Jan 21st, 2011 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have both, too. Would I consider my kit incomplete without them? Not necessarily. But they’re certainly nice “extras” to have.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 24th, 2011 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The woodblock not so much, it is one of the things I did not repurchase when I re-entered the percussive world.

The cow bell is a must if for no other reason you can take it off it's mount and hand it to a hot babe who wants to sit in. Same goes for tamborine. Gotta have one of those too.

There is a ton of cool stuff out there to experiment with. Try egg shakers in the right hand and play the rest of the kit quietly with the rest of you body. Tambo is cool this way too. A great Ringoesque sound.

A tambo ring to mount on your hat is handy too.

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Kathmandu, Nepal.

and your strange bewildering times...
Jan 27th, 2011 12:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cowbell for "Honky Tonk Woman" and Deep Purple's "You fool no one" comes to mind.

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Glendale, AZ

Jan 28th, 2011 01:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been through a ton of percussion add ons and specialty cymbals but now it's all distilled down to a four piece, hat, ride and two crashes. Like Lazmo said, a cross-stick subs for a wood block and if I need a cowbell, the cymbal bell has to do.

Obviously, whatever works for you is best and more stuff allows you cop more sounds if you're looking to do spot on covers. But I don't regard anything as "neccesary" and simplifying has made me a better player.

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Tulsa, Ok.

Jan 28th, 2011 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ask Dickinson

More cowbell

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The Bluegrass State

The chance to be magnamous lasts but an
Mar 11th, 2011 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a fever that can only be cured by more cowbell.

(This message was last edited by outotune at 06:27 PM, Mar 11th, 2011)

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tone to the bone no other way
Mar 27th, 2011 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our drummer has a cowbell that has been "rewelded" several times and still keeps on giving that great tone. However that's the only "percussion" piece on his kit these days, pretty well pared down to 5 pieces w/ride, two splash type crashes and one larger crash. He uses the cross stick method for woodblock sound.

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