Danny Carey Drum Clinic Review

Danny Carey, along with Aloke Dutta and Terry Bozzio held a Drum Clinic in Kansas over the weekend, and Fourtheye reader Sniper36 was happy to share his review of the event:

So I went to the clinic from Denver, flew in Saturday and out Sunday. All in all it was worth it, but thats just me being optimistic. I did really enjoy it, however there were a few things that kinda sucked. First off, I was lucky enough to have absolutely nothing to do, so I got there early. Unfortunately, the show started about an hour and fifteen late. They said they were sound checking, and because so, the 1200 or so ppl there had to wait in an enormous line outside. since I got there early I was probably somewhere around #20-30 in line. Met some cool locals, and some cool out-of-towners.

Aloke was pretty entertaining. He seems like he has a good sense of humor and because so, he’s pretty goofy and funny. His fingers are amazingly fast, but the track he played as a bed to each of his songs was the exact same loop…very sleep-inducing. He and Danny then jammed together, did some trade fours which was again funny. Aloke would play something so ridiculously fast that he knew Danny couldn’t mirror it on a set, so he’d look at him like “Go ahead, try THAT!”.

Danny then came on and started playing right away. This was pretty cool, but it was just a jam. It was what any musician does when they sit down and just play what comes to mind first…but still on a “Danny” level. Then he spoke a little, saying that he was going to address some FAQ’s from his website (Compound Signatures, Polyrythyms, 4-way independence). He was really funny on stage, he seemed extremely nervous and humble, fidgeting with his mic stand and sticks,nervously laughing and saying, “I don’t really know if I should even try to address odd timing after Aloke just played” and, “I should probably leave the polyrythyms to Terry”. He played Jambi (odd timing), Then The Pot (Polyrythym). He was pretty rough around the edges during the songs. It sounded like maybe he couldn’t hear himself, or the music track enough. A few times he was pretty damn off. He also talked a bit about rudiments, and how his favorite is the swissy (swiss triplet). He said he probably overuses it in tracks like Third Eye, Aenima, Lateralus, Rosetta Stoned, etc. Then to demonstrate he played part of Third Eye, all of Rosetta Stoned, and all of Aenima. The drum breakdown in Rosetta is all Swiss’s on the hands, for those drummers who haven’t figured that one out yet (myself included).

He also explained Jambi a bit, saying that when Justin brought in the bass part it reminded him of Pee Wee’s Playhouse..makalaka hai maka hiney ho. Then Maynard thought of the genie, Jambi and started writing about making wishes. Go figure.

Terry was badass, but in another disappointment of the show, he didn’t have his personal set. He had a 9 or 10 peice DW that he called a “little hot rod”. After Terry, All three came out to play together, and that was ok. it was mostly Terry and Aloke though, since Danny played a basic beat with Rodz sticks. It def. didn’t seem rehearsed at all, as it just kinda fizzled at the end. I thought it would be cool to leave it open, but write an ending that would end the show with some energy.

Again, it was cool but those few moments when Danny messed up pretty bad were disappointing. He just didn’t seem “on” in those moments. He also seemed very clumsy behind the set, which is amazing to see someone tear it up like a master while at the same time looking clunky. He’s so damn huge that he can’t help but beat the living shit out of his set. The atmosphere was really cool and personal, Danny was so humble and nervous that it just didn’t seem like the same guy on stage at Tool shows. He stood up after Rosetta and said “Damn, I butchered that” and under his breath, “we didn’t tour enough this year”. Some one in the crowd yelled back “We all agree” and Danny shook his head as if to say “You’re telling me”. Danny’s dad and family were there as well, his dad rolled up in a caddy with plates that said “TOOLDAD”. Kinda cool.

There’s no doubt I’d travel to see another clinic, but I would hope he’d practice for a few days before it next time. Maybe his nerves are the reason he’s only done 5 or so in his whole career. Anyone else that went, correct me if I got something wrong. I apologize for the length, but there was def. some cool stuff I wanted to share.

p.s., to ppl looking to learn something, there wasn’t much. When Danny brought up 4-way-independence and polyrythms, he just said “I don’t really know what to tell you besides practice. You have to just put in the time in order to gain freedom”. He also recommended the books that are already on his website, The New Breed and either Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer or 4-Way Coordination, I forgot which. Any drummers without those books should run to the store before playing again, I’ve had them since I started playing 15 years ago and you can never really master them, as you can always add on to the lessons, and play faster.

Sounds like a good event!  If anyone else has anything to add, including pictures then let me know and I’ll happily post them.

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natepm05
natepm05
10 years ago

I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I have an medium quality audio recording of Danny and Aloke playing together.

SNIP3R
SNIP3R
10 years ago

[quote comment=””]I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I have an medium quality audio recording of Danny and Aloke playing together.[/quote]
Nate, shoot me an email. JGrizz36@gmail.com.

fortysixand2
fortysixand2
10 years ago

[quote comment=””]I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I have an medium quality audio recording of Danny and Aloke playing together.[/quote]

as long as youre not making money off of it, i dont see any problems

walter
walter
10 years ago

Nate,
If you have the time I would very much appreciate getting a copy of that.
wrosenberg11@gmail.com
Thank you very much!
Walter

sockozz
10 years ago

I did not record these myself, but here are some of the clips from the drum clinic with Danny on Saturday

Jambi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcEW1no38KU

The Pot – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWzr9prHkvg

Rosetta Stoned – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh3z__10bhg

Aenima(Partial) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNL5B4eQ8Bk

dheublein
dheublein
10 years ago

I too would like a copy of that…dheublein at gmail. Also I would add my two cents… I saw Danny’s first clinic at the same venue 6 years ago.  I will say that he did perform much worse this time around and seemed almost cripplingly nervous.  He could barely get a sentence out, and when he did, it was rushed and on going.  But let’s put things into perspective here.  When he’s playing with Tool, he’s either alone in his studio, or on a dark stage where you can’t see any of the people’s faces in the crowd.  To go… Read more »

walter
walter
10 years ago

[quote comment=””]I did not record these myself, but here are some of the clips from the drum clinic with Danny on Saturday Jambi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcEW1no38KU The Pot – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWzr9prHkvg Rosetta Stoned – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh3z__10bhg Aenima(Partial) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNL5B4eQ8Bk[/quote]
Awesome!  Thank you!!!

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

Danny is the man! I just got into tool a year ago ( a bi of a noo) and was wondering where I can buy an original salival cd/dvd? That’s the last thing I need to add to my official collection. I have found this listing on ebay for only $45 (starting bid) and from AUSTRALIA too! http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Tool-Salival-CD-DVD-2000-original_W0QQitemZ320427763458QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Audio_CDs?hash=item4a9afba702&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 But no one has started bidding yet which seems a bit fishy…but I looked and this guy/girl only uploaded the listing today.

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

Thanks hellboy.

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

First time buying anything off ebay/internet for me. Do you think I should just wait it out until the dying hour before I make a bid to stop other competition? Tat way I get it cheaper?

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

Thanks hellboy for being helpful. Great site for tool fans btw.

ibex
ibex
10 years ago

That’s funny. Danny is an absolute machine when he’s onstage, in the dark and lost in the music with the rest of the band… but he’s definitely not a public speaker by any stretch.

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

Hmmm..the guy/gal that put up the salival now realised he has the misprint edition. WTF? He must not be a true fan then? LOL. But the price is much deaer :(..understandable though.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Tool-Salival-CD-DVD-2000-original-MISPRINT-EDITION_W0QQitemZ320427763458QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Audio_CDs?hash=item4a9afba702&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

hussar
hussar
10 years ago

“I’m gonna wait it out” 😛

dave247
dave247
10 years ago

I know there are a few video clips of this clinic and other ones, but why cant they just allow someone to record the whole thing to distribute online for free?? i would love to see the whole clinic and hear all the stuff Danny said.
also someone email me that recording: zoom525@gmail.com

gnjasmkr
gnjasmkr
10 years ago

[quote comment=””]I know there are a few video clips of this clinic and other ones, but why cant they just allow someone to record the whole thing to distribute online for free?? i would love to see the whole clinic and hear all the stuff Danny said. also someone email me that recording: zoom525@gmail.com[/quote]
You didn’t say please…