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Want your kit to sound like Nirvana's?

Want your kit to sound like Nirvana's?

Today I found a article on how to replicate the sound of the kit from Nirvana's Dave Grohl.  When I first started drum lessons I bought a drum chart book of all Nirvana's hits. I did not know much about their music but after being blown away by the RockStar INXS performance of Jordis Unga singing Heart Shaped Box I decided it was time to check further into Nirvana and the drummer behind them. 

Rock Star: INXS is the first season of the reality television show Rock Star where 15 contestants competed to become the lead vocalist for the Australian rock band INXS.

Just in case some of you do not know who Nirvana was I will give you a bit of a background from Wikipedia.  'Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture.'

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Dave's early kit sound centers around a big, punchy kick drum — usually 24 inches in size. His toms — a 15-inch power tom and an 18-inch floor tom — are tuned deep and sound fat and solid. He generally played with a birch-shelled, 8x14-inch snare that sounded dry and full, and he accented all of this with strong, bright cymbals that always sat well in the mix.

Emulating a drummer isn't all about the kit, though. You have to play in their style as well. Dave's playing is full of forceful and hard hits, and the big drums and cymbals of his kit help his strength translate into a huge drum sound. His playing is also very groove-focused, with minimal fills and ghost notes, so be sure to adjust your own playing accordingly..
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