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Old 10-04-2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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Virgil is coming to town! Central Coast, NSW, November 23 :)

Can't wait!

A Virgil Donati clinic 15 minutes from my home .

Tickets are available through Beat Industry at Tuggerah.

Caaaan't wait!!
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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Gonna see him on October the 21st too!
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:16 AM   #3
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Great to see Virgil coming back to Oz, but how come he's not coming to Perth?
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:54 PM   #4
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Haha, turns out I bought ticket #1 for the Central Coast show

Woohoo!
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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Make sure you come and say hi David.... and Frank! Looking forward to meeting some of you guys on these upcoming tours. Sorry I'm not coming to Perth, but it's out of my hands. If the promoters and the local organizers can't reach an agreement, then there's nothing that can be done...
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:28 PM   #6
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Yep, certainly will do! Are you aware of what CDs or other merch will be on sale, if any? I need to actually remember to bring money
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #7
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See you in Sydney Virgil
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:10 PM   #8
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Gonna see him tomorrow in San Francisco.
Can anyone give me the scoop on taking
pics and movies at his clinic, does Virgil
frown on that kind of thing?
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #9
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I know Virgil doesn't approve movies. I don't know about photos, I suppose that's ok.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:02 AM   #10
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Cool, movies it is then.... Just kidding, thanks, Matthias.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:47 PM   #11
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The clinic was excellent!

Now, I can't remember exactly if I got the order of songs right, but from memory Virgil opened with Desert Girl, then played Matrix Gate. He then played a track from the CD which we all received along with the Drumscene magazine at the door but I can't remember its name.

He then played a 30 minute solo, and then started the clinic portion. Briefly put, he went through the importance of keeping a steady meter and explained how his solo is constructed not just of randomly played improvisation without any time signature, but how everything had a core pulse, whether it was expressed aurally/physically or not.

He demonstrated some stuff he's working on with 5s and 7s, etc. as well as going through the 'Theatre De Marionnettes' song by CAB and explained how the patterns in that came about.

Then he allowed people to ask some questions, I got to ask a couple - firstly, were the fills in the Alien Hip Hop OTV track pre-written, but Virgil said he actually improvised them, which to me is just phenomenal when you look at what he's actually playing in the transcription . I also asked if when he's doing his big fast rolls around the kit is he swapping his lead hand around and he explained basically what he demonstrated the same thing as is in one of the older Premium Members videos. I just wanted to make sure that that was what he was always doing

Anyway, then he took requests for the last two songs, a few people shouted out Alien Hip Hop, hehe, and I asked for Native Metal but he didn't have it and someone also requested Kingdom of Dreams, so he played those two .

So it was a really good night! The CD and transcriptions you get with the Drumscene magazine are really insightful and it'll be good to start working on them in my own time . I also bought the Portugal bootleg DVD and am really looking forward to watching it!
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:36 AM   #12
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Very cool David, thanks for sharing!

Was the other track he played Antartica by any chance? Or isn't that one on the cd? What is on that cd anyway? I'll be getting it sometime soon but I'm really curious.

Oh and 30 minute Virgil solo's are AWESOME.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:12 AM   #13
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Oh, yes that's right - he opened with Antarctica! I was sure I was missing one somewhere - I was stoked to hear Antarctica played live

I'll write up the track listing soon, just a little busy at the moment
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:24 AM   #14
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Nice review, thanks David!
Native Metal would have been a great choice! Personnally I'd give my vote for Running For The Aliens, love that track with the kind of big-bandish vibe!
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:59 PM   #15
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Loved the Sydney clinic Virgil. Trying to concentrate on everything you were doing was exhausting. Very sad that I didn't hang around for an autograph but I had a long drive home. I bought your book. I'd love to see more of the 4-5-6-7 groove, I'm sure you might include it on the new dvd. A boy in the front row had a grin from ear to ear when you were playing that thing haha.

Frank said you'd be back in 2012, I can't wait. You mentioned a Planet X live dvd... awesome.
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