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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by GoldDeluxe5E3, Mar 3, 2021.
A good or even decent drummer is the backbone of a band along with the bass player. A drummer that can keep time is the king of the stage. A bass player that can fill the groove is close to the king. The two are royalty, if they can keep the beat and make a groove. If not, they are the death of a song or band.
Here's how I look at it as a lifelong guitar player who has dabbled in keys, and became a bass player years ago, and took up drumming 16 years ago;
I'm a musician.
I make music.
No further words needed.
Nothing wrong with learning a new skill. A drummer friend of mine taught me how to play one afternoon and it was an invaluable experience.
Since the majority of hit songs are structured around rhythm more so than notation, I'd say playing drums is a good path.
How can you improve the aerodynamics of a drummer's car?
Take the pizza sign off the roof.
How do you get a drummer off your front porch?
Pay for the pizza.
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians?
The drummer makes or breaks the band. Always. Everything else, except maybe the bass player, is negotiable.
Go for it! Have fun!
As a kid ( 1960's), I wanted so bad to play the drums, begged my dad for a cheap kit, but it never happened ( did buy a very cheap plastic snare, sticks, and brushes- banged around with them...)
I went to a boarding HS, where I would learn to play the guitar, loved it when we would actually try to jam- there was always someone with a drum kit, I was fascinated, would ask to play for a few minutes. Drums and electric guitars, the coolest!
Now I just bug all our drummer buddies about their kits. ( I play with 3-4 drummers, and a few hang with each other)
They all have multiple kits, and they are just as bad gearheads as we are.
Here is a new old kit, one of my buddies just got:
I played drums first. I still have two sets (a practice one in the basement and a vintage one from 1978 in the "great room"). When I strum the guitar, friends say I play "in a percussive style". There is one lyricist/drummer that I worship, and that is Neil Peart. His words closely match his drum patterns. Geddy Lee, as Rush's lead singer, often turns to Neil during live shows to match word patterns with drum rhythms. There are so many brother/guitarist relationships. Eddie and Alex Van Halen, for example. Eddie asked for the drum set, but it was his brother who took it over. Once upon a time, I combined both my drum kits into one, but the results were so loud, I had to abandon that bombastic experiment.
I’ve seen more than my share of “solo guitar players/singers” that tear it up in a solo setting but completely fall apart with a real (drums and/or bass) rhythm section put in the mix.
Sorry, but as a guitar player I realize without a solid tempo I’m nothing but a guitar player.
The more instruments you play, the more it helps. I played piano so my mom would let me get drums, played drums, and when I took up bass and electric guitar the drumming and piano really helped.
I think because of the drums, I've always had pretty good time. I still have to practice with a metronome and work on time, but it's always been a strength.
The instruments all work together and rub off on each other.
Also playing a kit is fun.
I lived with our drummer once for about a year. He had three kits in the basement. One was a mid-60s Ludwig kit ala Ringo, one was a Ludwig Vistalite ala Bonham, and the other was the Pearl Export he took out for shows.
I messed around with them long enough to learn to move all four limbs independently, but that was about it. It took most of that year and taught me some respect. I’d like to get back into one day.
I’m not much of a guitar player, but I do have a reasonably solid sense of rhythm. Put me behind a drum kit, and it looks like the Primate House at the zoo on Stick Day. I respect drummers, because they do something I can’t even do badly.
“All the rubbish I’ve been talking is actually true.” That is a brilliant quote, Stewart.
My first instrument. I still have one. OK, two. And a banjolin.
I wish you the best with your new music adventure.
I've played drums in a band for money a couple of times in the 80s so "guilty as charged". I've worked with some great drummers some terrible drummers and many in between. The truly gifted drummers have this internal midi roll thing going on that has every song mapped out in 128th notes. They can push each individual hit around to better interact with the other players sense of time while leaving the tempo and the individual measure the same. It is a baked in quality that can't be learned. They also are stuck with it and can't turn it off. A great drummer can get 99% of that through technique and practice.
Still, I can't resist poking at drummers as a sub group.
What has three legs and a butthole?
A drum stool.
The video below is perfect illustration of what's wrong with some drummists including the shirt and the haircut. ( I hope this was tongue in cheek but I'm thinking it wasn't)
I’m really tempted to go over to the dark side, and get a set of bagpipes.
“Why do bagpipers walk?
They’re trying to get away from the noise.”
Except, drummers usually don't get fired haha. If you're a drummer...... You will ALWAYS have a gig!
As someone who grew up in Akron, I know Hartville is Ohio's version of heaven. Also, thanks for the instructional video. Now I'm sure I'm on the right track.
Favorite Youtube drummer: Steve Moore gets funky
Steve Moore plays coy:
Hartville is good if you like pie.
This guy; Dennis Chambers, among others...