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Old 04-06-2005, 08:22 PM   #1
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Fav. Virgil Fills/Licks/Grooves

Hey all,
Just wanted to see what your favourite Virgil "gee, i wish i made that up first..."
fills/licks/grooves are.

Personally, i love all of Virgil's stuff, but to name one:

On OTV - Serious Young Insects
In 'Out of the Haze'
At 5:04 - The double bass drum groove following the piano line with the 32nd note fill-ins every now and then - so rad
That plus the little 11/16 tail on the end of the 2nd bar each time!
Lol so amazing.

Its either that, or the fill at 2:00 on Alien Hip-Hop

What about you guys?
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:43 PM   #2
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That mini drum solo / fill thing at 3:03 on Clonus. Bad arseness!
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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The middle section break off of 9/11 one of the song's from Hoekstra's disc "The Moon Is Falling" Virgil's phrasing during the vamp is ridiculous!! Just one of many ridiculous display's of technique, chop's and creativity. I agree on the Clonus break BAD!!

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Old 04-06-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Yeah dude - and on the clonus break; it seriously makes me laugh every time i listen to it - so rad

And of course, you can't go past the 'Drumspeak' groove on Stretch
Awesome early stuff

Do you guys agree that its not just his technicality, but Virgil's musicality that is totally ridiculous also?
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:31 PM   #5
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Absolutely that is why Virg is a TRUE Pioneer. He not only has Amazing technique but an imagination and a sense of application that is One of A Kind. He has no intention of playing the same stuff other's have done over and over. Sure he does thing's at times that other Great's pull off also but he has always and will always have his OWN thing going on. He is GENIUS!

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:09 PM   #6
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his alien crossovers..
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:57 AM   #7
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Yeah, the things mentioned kick ass!! The Joel Hoekstra 9/11 vamp drumsolo thing amazes me everytime I listen to it... How can someone solo over an 11/16 like that?!
And the Clonus riff.. woah...

Anywayz, these are not things I could have come up with..


Interesting thing is that the whole "Fly's Eyes" idea from Stretch was something I actually already had played during several jams with my band!

Virg uses two hi-hats but I use the ride and left foot hihat.. It's a cool patern to play, because your right foot needs some exercise being independent, since the left foot is playing afterbeat-triplets (or whatever you call them..).
Trying to play freely with right foot and left hand is killer hard, but once you do get the control, it kicks ass!

Anywayz when I got Stretch, I was really surprised! Virg stole my idea (I wish..)

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Old 04-07-2005, 02:04 AM   #8
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One of my personal favourites is Interlude in Milan from Moonbabies.
That drumsolo over that time signature is just insane!!!!
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:23 AM   #9
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I love the stuff he plays on the PX bootleg Live at Jaxx (2004 or 2003?) during the Interlude in Milan solo.. he starts with fast bassdrum doubles in that 13/16 patern with one hand on the hihat tapping the 13/16 and the other hand soloing over the toms...
The boot with Ric Fierabracci and Tony Macalpine.. some of you guys must have it, you know what I mean..

The Fierabracci bass-solo is very sick on that boot..w00t!
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:30 AM   #10
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Dragon bones, when they return to the A part the 2nd time.
The way he uses his hihats and bassdrum is awesome!
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:13 AM   #11
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The groove on the main riff of Moonbabies (01:06) or the double bass riff at 02:04. I just love his playing in this song!

Most of virgil grooves are amazingly powerfull, it feels like it comes from underneath, like an earthquake, and it grabs you in the chest (If you've been to a concert and you've been near the speakers, and felt bass coming out and pounding in your chest, well Virgil's grooving is like that)...
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Old 04-07-2005, 06:22 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by C.J.
...(If you've been to a concert and you've been near the speakers, and felt bass coming out and pounding in your chest, well Virgil's grooving is like that)...


Well, I'll be feelin that bass soon! I got myself the 1st ticket sold to This years (note the name change) Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend! (Yes, i reside here in Melbourne, Virgil's cradle of life - lol) Woo!
It's gonna be awesome. For those who dont know the line up:
- Virgil Donati (And the Virgil Donati Band)
- Mike Mangini
- Will Kennedy
- Johnny Rabb
- Tommy Igoe
- The Drumbassadors
- Andrew Fisenden (a local jazz nut - although, as good as he is, he's not the greatest guy...)

I'm counting the seconds till june 4th and 5th...
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:51 PM   #13
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I love everything this man does, haha. That little drum solo part in Clonus is amazing. I also love the Ataraxia drum solo. It sounds absolutely beyond this world!
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:59 PM   #14
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He does this lick with his feet and starts grooving on top of it... I have no idea what it is, but it's some rudiment... anyway, I always loved that. And the stick twirling groove thing in the Astoria solo.
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:59 PM   #15
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Very hard to say! There are many many great parts...!! I'd like to mention Stratus though. Insane drum intro and crazy fills!
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