Welcome (or welcome back!) to my mid-life crisis. Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer is a super fun song to cover on drums, but this video is a bit of an accident. I was testing out a new camera angle so people can see what I am doing better, and it turned out OK, so I figured why not upload it. This is the song I usually use to warm up since it's not too slow, not too fast, has a lot of left to right and back again, and a bit of everything. From a learner's perspective, it has a lot of interesting stuff going on -- the 16th triplets on the hi-hats as well as eighths and quarters, an opportunity to take advantage of having two crash cymbals and the chance to use the left hand on some of them, some fun interplay of ride-crash-bass (most notably near the end), some sloshy hi-hats (which made me realize that my hi-hat sucks since the half-open zone on the pedal is so small -- sounds kinda crap as I try to hold it there), a MASSIVE open hi-hat at around 1:50, and a lot of different ways to play the same thing if you want to play around and try new things (such as the 16ths on hi-hat, one or two-handed. I did two in this video, but sometimes use only one).
For any other beginner drummers out there who may wish to learn Livin' on a Prayer from this video, a warning. I never learned it properly. All the elements are there, but may not always be in exactly the right place, particularly the 16ths on the hi-hat and the bass drum during the hi-hat quarter notes. And I went a bit nuts on the crash at the end, which is the best part to play. What a blast! Anyway, I was just having fun. But I must add that most of the other youtubers who have done this song don't have the 16ths at all, and start out with the bass drum wrong from the beginning, so hopefully, together with close listening to the original, this cover can give you a decent idea of how to have fun with it in your own way.
A note on dates: I started playing drums around Christmas 2010, so I have owned a drum set for about 6 months. But I didn't play at all in March and April as I was on the road, including an emergency deployment to Japan after the earthquake/tsunami. This sucked since I had to start over with the blisters and muscle burn and stuff when I got back. But I am not going to claim to having played for 4 months or 6 months or whatever, since I don't want people saying "Life's tough. I have to walk the dog every day, the kids are a pain, and the missus makes me mow the lawn instead of drumming" and so on. So I will just say I have played for 2 months, then not for 2, and then played for 2 again. I leave it to you to figure out what that means.
The set is a Roland TD-4KX with additional CY-8 crash cymbal (I know, I know, living in an apartment). Sound is mixed on Sonar 8 Producer's Edition (EQ-ing the kick and hi-hat on the original track down) via Soundblaster sound card input, and then added to video from my cheap digital Sony camera with Windows Movie Maker (which really irritates me, but at least it's free). Audio and video were re-synced using Avi Information, a handy little program. The sync is not bad on my computer, but it always seems to get screwed up when I upload. Let's see if it happens this time too.....
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For search engine purposes, since a lot of people don't spell the song title right: Bon Jovi Living on a Prayer Drum Cover