Where's all the drummers at?

BearGFR

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Howdy.

New guy here - invited by Army over from the GTO forum.

I claim to be a drummer - actually just a 100% self-taught hacker who loves playing. I have a set of 60's vintage teardrop lug Sonor's that I've supplemented, refinished, and enhanced over the years including building my own 24x20 kick drum from a raw maple shell, just because the original 20x16 Sonor kick just didn't speak with the authority that I wanted.

Glad to be here.

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Jim C

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After years of piano I too played drums but decided I wanted to be a musician instead of a drumist.
I find most of them working at gas stations and car washes these days.

And then there are a few that can actually hear time and will not change the tempo even if I decide to play slightly on the back side of the beat or the keyboard player pushes the chorus.
These guys are hard to find in the wild as they are in constant demand.
 

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After years of piano I too played drums but decided I wanted to be a musician instead of a drumist.
What do you call a guy who likes to hang out with musicians?

A drummer.

My journey was the reverse of yours. Some of my earliest memories are from sitting on my mom's kitchen floor, wailing away on pots with a wooden spoon. When I went out for band in 5th grade, they gave us all some sort of music aptitude test. Turns out that I made the highest score, ever, since they started testing. When asked what I wanted to play, I said "Drums!!!". But policy at the time was to not allow beginner 5th graders to start on drums, so I reluctantly chose clarinet. 1st chair all year long, but it didn't "speak" to me. Next year, new band director. We didn't get along so I showed him - I quit. What followed over the years until college was a series of piano, guitar, etc., but I still didn't connect with any of them. I ended up in high school, sitting in my room at night, mostly entertaining myself by picking out bass lines by ear on a cheap electric guitar (not a bass). A couple years into college, I was hanging out with a friend who was a double music major: voice and percussion. (He's got a gorgeous tenor and still sings with the Houston Tidelanders). I mentioned to him that I'd always wanted to play drums but never got the chance. One thing led to another, he mentioned he had a spare kit back at home so we hopped into my car, drove there that night, and got them. I traded him my old guitar for them, and I've never looked back.

That's the kit I still have, only over the years I've refinished it, added some pieces, and gotten much better cymbals.
 

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And then there are a few that can actually hear time and will not change the tempo even if I decide to play slightly on the back side of the beat or the keyboard player pushes the chorus.

I consider myself to have a 'decent' time sense, but I'm no metronome by any stretch of the imagination.
 

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My saving grace is impeccable time... It makes up for all of my other horrendous traits... Fortunately my drummer has been my bff for at least 48 years, so when I want to speed the song up or slow it down, he can typically hear it in my playing and will adjust accordingly. We do a lot of time changes, stops, and starts.
 

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I think my time is decent as well and actually enjoy playing to a click track.
I used to play with a drummer for years who, a. Actually knew the right tempo for each song, and b. Wouldn't change his time no matter what we did. Back in my drinking days the guitarist and I would get into some Cream like jams and try to force his hand. He never flinched (or changed time). Then he got married and moved out of town which reinforces the theory that chicks who are not musicians fuck up bands, and, chicks who are musicians are generally just fucked up.
I'll be expecting "Thank you captain obvious" replies...
 

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I always say that my only super power is that I can lock in with any good drummer like a pit bull. The downside of that is that minor variations that wouldn't bother most people can drive me crazy. The weirdest thing was trying to play with the drummer in the band I recently left. He managed to keep tempos on track, overall, but his right foot was habitually late, so trying to lock in with him on the kick was sometimes pretty frustrating.

Now, I know I sometimes play a bit ahead of the beat, but I've not had this problem with other excellent drummers so it wasn't that. It was weird. That guy was otherwise not bad.
 
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