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Drummers!

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Mcduffie81, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Mcduffie81

    Mcduffie81 Wildcat Club Member

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    I’m a drummer. I’m 39 and have been playing since I was about 12. I’ll give you a few of my favorites (I have many more). But I’d love to hear some of yours.

    Mick Fleetwood, Dale Crover, Dave Grohl, Matt Cameron, Ken Schalk, Charlie Watts.

    Let’s hear some opinions. I’m even open to the overly technical drummers that follow a metal template that so many teens are dying to ejaculate to. So feel free to post those too!
     
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  2. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    I'll be honest. Even though I enjoy music, like most people, I have absolutely no idea what makes a person a great drummer vs an OK one. I can listen to a person play nearly any other instrument and recognize that he or she is highly skilled, but beyond being credible at drumming vs incompetent, I'm not able to differentiate. Sometimes a song will have a cool drum feature that I enjoy, but again, I'm not able to tell whether its the person playing, or just the music that's written that makes it special.

    I was a trumpet player in school myself, but haven't touched a musical instrument since the Autumn of 1994.
     
  3. Mcduffie81

    Mcduffie81 Wildcat Club Member

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    Well everyone appreciates different qualities in a drummer. But I’ll step up on my soap box if you’ll allow.

    I see a lot of the youth today are into metal drummers. They (generally speaking) want speed and very technical drummers.

    That kind of drumming is very physically and technically impressive. But to me it lacks originality. It lacks flavor. They follow what I consider a template not only in what they play but what the drums sound like. Boring.

    To me I like creativity and originality above all else. That shows up in not only what you play (or what you dont play) but also what your drums actually sound like.

    I think good drummers know when to lay back and let the other musicians carry the song and also when a song needs more groove, power, subtlety or energy.

    Sometimes the biggest impression a drummer can make is holding back and waiting for the right moment to make an impactful fill or even just a unexpected sound like a timely crack of the snare, cymbal crash, tom flam etc...

    And if your drums sound good or unique (Phil Collins “In the air tonight”) you can make lasting impressions.
     
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  4. RGF

    RGF THE FINSTER Club Member

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    Steve Smith
     
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  5. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Big fan of Joshua Block when he was with White Denim, and also really like Rory Loveless and Jon Theodore on the hard rock front, with a special nod to Thomas Pridgen.

    Old guys I like are Bill Bruford, Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, and Stewart Copeland (massively underrated).

    Edit: Also, the guy that plays for Snarky Puppy is most likely pretty talented in order to keep up with the virtuosity of the rest of the band. They get exhausting for me though.
     
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  6. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Dave Grohl and Matt Cameron are definitely my two favorite from the grunge era. But Bill Ward of Black Sabbath is the best I’ve ever heard. He was animal on War Pigs. :up:
     
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    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Also if you like jam bands, Carter Beauford is great too.
     
  8. Pauly

    Pauly Season Ticket Holder

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    Insanely fast hands. If you listen to tracks from The Who he does fills in spaces where there is no space. Probably the first true showman at the back in rock history.

    Phil Rudd.
    Absolute metronome, keeping time with Malcolm Young and Cliff Williams so tightly that it can be almost impossible to separate studio and live recordings.
     
  9. Surfs Up 99

    Surfs Up 99 Team Flores & Team Tua

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    I am not a drummer, nor a musician, but I did see a cool video on youtube about what (the author thinks) makes John Bonham such a good drummer.

     

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