SCANDAL’s RINA; Drum Seminar → Report & Interview
In a gist, Rina’s latest drum seminar this year took place at Tokyo’s ESP Musical Academy. The event had talks, Q&A sessions, phrase explanations and everyone was allowed to watch Rina perform at a close distance. The event, which took place at Osaka the previous two times, is now able to be held in Tokyo, which had always been ‘a tiny dream’ of Rina’s.
The seminar covered things from how to work with the in-ear monitor, drumsticks, how to approach rhythm, the perimeter of your foot area, the snare drums and last but not least, there was also a session with the participants. Some extra tidbits from the drum seminar also includes:
Rina having revealed that the other SCANDAL do not listen to the clicker via the in-ear monitor, unlike herself. Therefore, when everyone gets high (during lives) and the tempo quickens, the drummer has to do her best to force the band to go back to the original speed.
Rina’s drumstick model is the Pearl 171A.
Rina covers every bit of rhythm-related information with all of the participants, explaining in detail how each of the beats work. For example, the beat for Rock genres are an 8-beat, and have an A-melody, B-melody, C-melody and D-melody, and consists of all sorts of changes.
Since last year’s tour, Rina had indeed upgraded to using a twin-pedal, which is used during live arrangements also etc. She also explains that pedals come in all sorts (plastic, wood, felt etc.), and as SCANDAL has many high-tension tunes, she often uses a plastic type as she wants something that would have a stronger attack. To add on for a even stronger sound, even though it is a somewhat underhand method of doing things, she gum-tapes a ¥5-coin to the head of the beater.
For first-time buyers of the snare drum, Rina recommends to getting one that has an additional 5-inches. As you copy the tunes you like, you might gradually require a larger area and so such a choice will last you longer.
Rina’s Q&A session + an interview is also included in the original article. I don’t have the time to translate everything in full (which I’d really hoped to do), but the above are interesting bits I picked out which I hope everyone would enjoy.
Original report at Teena Japan HERE.