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Shrek - Carl Nelson

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Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.

Carl's write-up and gear list below photos.

Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.Carl Nelson's drum set setup for Shrek at the Calvin Christian High School, in Grandville, Michigan.

"As a local theater percussionist, most of my playing is with small community theaters and high school programs, such as this production. These tend to be a one weekend show. I had two pit rehearsals with school instruments and two full cast rehearsals with my own gear prior to opening night. Mapping out my setup before these rehearsals was important and only needed some tweaking before opening night.

With these smaller productions, usually have fewer rehearsals before a show, and must be able to make and retain changes quickly. forScore has made this easier for me with notating, as I can use color notes and highlighting, that I used to do with colored post it notes and pencil marks. The AirTurn Tap works great for page turns. I just incorporate a stick or mallet strike while playing.

Shrek has been a blast to play. It isn’t too often I play a show that is exclusively drum set. One musical challenge on this show was the Overture and Entr’acte. The part called for Celtic drums. As I listened to various recordings, I settled on muffled toms, which I ended up using throughout the show. I used 1" RemO Sound Control Rings on the 10” and 12” drums and 2” Evans E-Rings on the 14 and 16” drums.

Another challenge was bowing a China cymbal. I had to make sure it was positioned for a crash and yet was able to bow the cymbal (consistently) without standing up in full view of the audience. And don’t forget to rosin that bow!

The last challenge was determining my playing volume, as this was a new venue for me and the pit was un-mic'd and located in front and below the stage level. The sound board and production staff was very aware and helpful in that regard. Years of experience playing this way helps, too.

One of my favorite instruments I’ve used for almost every show I’ve done over the last few years (except 2020) is my Zildjian 19” K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash. I bought this cymbal on a whim at a local music store upon hearing it and seeing it on clearance for $100. As a suspended cymbal, it works great for mysterious or 'evil’ overtones. Strike it together with a China cymbal and you mimic the sound of a gong while using less space. Oddly enough, I have yet to use it for anything outside musical theatre."

Drums: Pacific LX Series

  • 10", 12", 14" Rack Toms, 16" Floor Tom (Evans UV1 Batter, G1 Resonant)
  • 22" Bass Drum (Evans EMAD Batter, EQ3 Resonant - with KickPort)

Snare:

  • Ludwig 14” Supraphonic Chrome Plated Brass (Evans UV2 Batter, 300 Snare Side)

Hardware:

  • DW 5000 Series Hi Hat Stand
  • DW 5000 Series Bass Drum Pedals
  • Yamaha Cymbal Stands
  • Pearl Boom Stand (for Mark Tree)
  • Pacific Boom Cymbal Stand
  • LP Claw

Cymbals:

  • Zildjian 14” K Custom Dark Hi-Hat Top, 14" K Mastersound Bottom
  • Zildjian 18” K Custom Dark Crash 
  • Zildjian 8” K Custom Dark Splash 
  • Zildjian 15” A Custom Crash
  • Zildjian 16” Oriental China
  • Zildjian 19” K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash
  • Zildjian 20” K Custom Ride

Percussion:

  • LP Jam Blocks (Blue & Red)
  • LP Cyclops Tambourine (steel jingles)
  • LP Black Beauty Cowbell
  • LP Bell Tree 
  • Rhythm Tech Studio Shaker
  • Rhythm Tech Live Shaker
  • Grover Pro Bronze Triangle
  • Triangle Machine Plus
  • Toca Universal Bar Chimes

Electronics:

  • Apple iPad, using forScore App
  • AirTurn Tap Bluetooth Page Turner 

Sticks and Mallets:

  • Vic Firth 5A Dual Tone Sticks
  • Vic Firth 5A Sticks
  • Vic Firth Heritage Brushes
  • Promark Hot Rods
  • Mike Balter Phenolic Mallets
  • Grover Triangle Beater 

Miscellaneous:

Shrek - Regional - Carl Nelson
March 2022

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.
Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
"After a week or two of rehearsals there is usually a performance or two of the show for an invited audience. Sometimes these performances can be intense if there are important people in the room, or if certain sections of the show feel under prepared. This is why it’s so important to know the score and script very well."
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"The unique part of Groundhog Day was that the drummer had to play on stage, in a groundhog costume, wearing a giant groundhog head. Since I could barely see out of the head, it was impossible to read a chart (and there wasn’t a music stand), so it had to be memorized."
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"If you are passionate, driven, feel you have a calling, a burning desire to play, practice, perform, and record music that you can share with the world, then choosing to be a professional musician here will make you a fulfilled and happy person. You’ll meet the most amazing people on stage, in the rehearsal room and in the audience."
  • 6 min read
Steve Gadd's drum solo from the track "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". From the album Live Stuff (out of print) from the legendary 1970's New York based band Stuff.
Robbie Ameen's drum solo from the track "Spring Fling".

Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich released November 1955.

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