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When you have to keep your drummer in tune.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by johnny k, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. johnny k

    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    And i am not kidding. A jungle beat won't sound good on a out of tune drum. No, like really. Tune your drums, and see how good the difference is.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    You’re describing half a drumner.
     
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    I often wonder to what key will a drummer tune his drums. Or do they use 12 drums to cover the full octave range.
     
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  5. Ron R

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    Pfft, nothing compared to having to keep your drummer in time.
     
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    I used to play in a R&R band ( late '90's) with a drummer who would use a lugs torque wrench w/gauge to tune his drums on every set, on every break!
    Good guy, good drummer, maybe a little OCD?

    The drummers I play with now ( 3-4 guys, we are all in multiple bands), are fantastic and besides being solid as a rock on tempo...

    (Note: I think it's my nature for having everyone initially lock into my guitar rhythm/tempo, then we kind of all breathe)

    ... they are really musical and inventive with their drumming. Fantastic players, that groove:

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    The fun starts when they tune the floortom just right and then I say “I gotta go potty.”
     
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  8. northernguitar

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    No excuse to not do it. It can easily be done using an iPhone app. My drummer has always been obsessed about keeping his kit in top-notch shape.
     
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    It's been so long since I played with a drummer (thank you Covid-19...)....
    I vaguely remember that a drum in tune is a must!!
     
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    It's true. How many drummers in bands don't do this? Most.
     
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    Actually, drums are not a definite pitch instrument. However, they need to have the same tension at every tuning point, if that's what you're talking about. It should sound they same everywhere you apply the tuning key, in other words.
     
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    then your kids'ears is top notched !
     
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    The difference between a good gig and a lousy one (other than my execution) is a decent drummer.
     
  14. johnny k

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    the epiphany came to me when i opened for a french legend who had been playing all his life with a drum box. And not an early one mind you.
     
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    Not my current drummer, fyi. But I have been there.
     
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    The other side of that coin is "...it takes a really good drummer to be better than no drummer at all"
     
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    I had a drummer I played with for years who would tune my kit when ever he used it. He was left handed so he’d switch the kit so it was a win lose situation.
     
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    A good drummer is the MVP of any band. Hard to find, same with truly talented singers. Guitarists? A dime a dozen.
     
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    Our drummer plays some old weird snare that he found in a pawnshop. It's supposed to be (according to him) "very rare" and "very desirable" (I can't remember the name). This snare sounds great when he first tunes it up but somewhere in the middle of our practice it changes in sound and it sounds like crap and he needs to tune it again. I've never had this happen with any other drummer but he insists on using this snare drum.
     
  20. Ed Storer

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    When I was a teenager, we "formed bands" and played several practice sessions in the basement or back yard.

    I wasn't much of a player, but my father had perfect pitch and an excellent sense of timing. After the end of a session, he would suggest keeping or loosing a particular drummer. He'd been listening from a different part of the house/property/

    My dad's talent was really very high, but I never realized it until much later. He could have been an excellent producer if he wasn't busy teaching surgery.

    He died in 1983 in a freak accident when cutting firewood. He would have been 100 years old on March 1, 2021.

    I really wish I'd understood and appreciated his musical background and talent when it would have done me the most good.
     
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