no. 380059
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#1
I am in a situation where it's possible to get a band going but there is no way for us to be able to transport kit, only what we can carry by hand. This is fine for guitarists acoustic guitars can run into the PA, as can electrics if I use digital processors and the like, not ideal but needs must.

The likely setups are an electric guitar and an acoustic or an electric and a bass playing songs with standard rhythms.

My question is what sort of percussion is going to best compliment this that is portable? Do any of you guys have any experience with this situation or have any ideas? My first thought is more drums used in ethnic music but their quirky rhythms puts me off a bit.

Thanks for any help.
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#2
would an electric kit work? theyre extremely compact. I read that a guy once played one in the backseat of his car. Mine takes up a very small corner of my music room.
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food1010
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#4
Quote by matt6666
Cajon?
+1.

There's also the obvious answer: Simply don't use a full drumset. Depending on the music you play, you could get away with a hi-hat, snare, and kick (and possibly a tom).
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Last edited by food1010 at Jan 28, 2010,
Declan87
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When I left the country, members of my band and another local band threw a surprise acoustic gig-party for me, and they just used a hi-hat and snare for drums and it sounded pretty rad, though a kick drum or a low tom might've helped. A good drummer should be able to use the most basic equipment with good results.
gald
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#6
A djembe and a set of bongos (on a stand.)
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I'm hoping to get a high-hat and a stomp box this year.
While not a lot, you can get a lot of different sounds from a high-hat, a few different sounds from a stomp box.

you could beat box too I guess.

In the past I've been in bands where we have just got enormous plastic buckets or gone to the op-shop and bought a couple of metal trays to bang on. They make some very interesting sounds and are cheap as, so you can break it or whatever and just get another one. Or if it don't work out: chuck 'em.
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#9
Ride cymbal, Snare, Bass Drum.
thats all you really need imo.
you'll just have to get extra creative on those fills.
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#10
There are travel kits out there... I've seen quite a few that have a floor tom with a kick on the bottom head and just a snare seperate (as far as drums) and I believe they strapped together and could be carried as a backpack, leaving your hands open for a cymbal bag, stand and/or hi hats. Snare with brushes and just a cymbal or something can do wonders though.
no. 380059
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#11
Lots of good ideas, I'm particularly interested in the cajon.

Do you have any good examples of any of these? Quite hard to find many things without hours of trawling through youtube.

I should just mention that we are students without too much money, asking somebody to buy expensive gear isn't really an option. Carrying a bass drum is probably a bit much too.
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There was one thing I saw, I can't find it for the life of me now though, it's basically an electronic pedal that makes a bass drum sound when you step on it. I think that ran like $100 if that's in your price range, but I think a cheapo electronic drum kit might be a better option. I've seen one in Target for $50, and I think the one I have goes for $30 or so now.
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food1010
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#13
Quote by no. 380059
Lots of good ideas, I'm particularly interested in the cajon.

Do you have any good examples of any of these? Quite hard to find many things without hours of trawling through youtube.
http://drums-percussion.musiciansfriend.com/world-percussion/hand-drums/cajons

Have at it.

Also, this looked like an excellent video explaining the technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0NVB-Yt3gE

Quote by Mephysteaux
There was one thing I saw, I can't find it for the life of me now though, it's basically an electronic pedal that makes a bass drum sound when you step on it. I think that ran like $100 if that's in your price range, but I think a cheapo electronic drum kit might be a better option. I've seen one in Target for $50, and I think the one I have goes for $30 or so now.
Are you talking about stomp boxes?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomp_box
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Last edited by food1010 at Jan 29, 2010,
Mephysteaux
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Yea, that was it.
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if you have a slimmed down kit in small sizes you might have success. i mean, something like hi-hat, bass drum, snare, floor tom and ride gives you plenty of options, and if you go for a smaller sized bass drum (ie, 18" or smaller, and potentially something shallow) then it is pretty transportable. you could even lose the floor tom and one of the cymbals and still have something functional. often sounds more interesting too, because it forces you to think within the limitations.
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#18
Quote by gald
A djembe and a set of bongos (on a stand.)

Agreed, have you ever tried carrying a set of congas around? Me and our drummer barely managed the 200m or so between two local pubs the other day, they're bulky awkward things.
Little bongos don't sound as good but at least they're portable.
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i'm not quite sure what your asking, are you looking to buy kit to transport or finding a way of transporting kit you already have?

i know you can buy drums that you can take the reso head off and fit smaller drums in them (e.g take bass drum head off and put floor tom in, then take floor tom head off then put low rack tom in etc.) they are very heavy to carry but are is a lot easier to transport if u have the time of tuning the heads back up.
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#21
Another idea is to ask friends/parents/fellow students to help you carry some drums...
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