A very annoying person...

rogue_drummer

Gold Member
...more tales from bs-ville. I must have been born under an unlucky star - musicwise. Get this:

So I've been been playing for my church's praise band since June. No real heavy lifting there, just really more of the same boring 4/4 rock beats. I try my best to spice things up.

The director calls for an after-church rehearsal for about 3 hours last Sunday to work on Christmas music. Okay, I'm game. No heavy lifting but still I want to be prepared and do my best.

Before rehearsal, we all have a big ol' lunch together that includes band and chior members and their families or siginificant others, and the sound techs and their families or significant others.

In all about 40 people including kids, but not everyone from the band or choir is there for lunch. I take my place at the table next to the audio tech I've been working out some sound problems with. We chat and have some good laughs.

Soon this other church member, who is the husband of one of the singers in the choir, sits down with us. Real loud and boistrous guy. I've never even spoken to him before simply because our paths have never crossed. All 3 of us are talking. Suddenly the converstation turns to drumming. My ears perk up. This boistrous guy asks me if I play with a single or double bass pedal. I'm kinda taken aback by his question because 1) there ain't enough room in the drum booth for a double bass pedal with the snare and hihat stands, mic stands, my fan, music stand, plus all other support crap that goes along with micing drums in a booth, and 2) the CC music we play doesn't even call for a double bass pedal. I'm lucky if I get to play 8th notes on the bass.

So I politely answer him by saying I use a singe bass pedel.

He immediately jumps all over that and loudly announces to all within earshot - inlcuding his wife sitting next to him - that I SHOULD use a double bass pedal.

I reply that really only metal heads use a double bass pedal. He looks shocked and confused and finally replies: "Uh, well yeah, but..." and then goes on and on about "his friend he knows who has this really monstrous kit that has 3 bass drums and toms all around him and cymbals everywhere and he plays all kinds of music and plays to the radio all day long and blah, blah, blah...."

I do nothing but sigh loudly and look down at my plate while he goes on and on.

Since I'm in church I have to act decently, right? Really all I want to do is tell him to shut the F up, because we DON'T play the kind of music in church that calls for a double bass pedal and if he knew anything about drumming and music, he'd know that.

It became obvious all he was doing was trying to show off to his wife and all who would listen. He kept on regaling me of the benefits of using a double bass pedal, even though he wasn't a drummer and he never picked up a pair of sticks in his life - I know this because he told me.

So, that was my torture for last week....

Cheers from nutsville.....
 

Tyger

Senior Member
come on, you never hear the metal version of "Wade in the Water?", Killer for double bass! hahaha, that's too funny.

I guess as musicians we are always bound to hear these types of things, I even hear it from fellow drummers....mad skills on the kit but couldn't tell you much about gear.

That guy reminds me of someone I knew from my church days. It's funny, since in most groups there is always "that guy".
 

brentcn

Platinum Member
Ah yes, there's "that guy" -- the one who must tell you and anyone else who'll listen about some drummer having the opposite of what you have. If your kit is small, his friend's is huge. If you had told him your kit was so big the drum company had to fell and entire forest to construct it, he'd tell you about his friend who only takes a "top-hat" to everything, because he's so bad, he doesn't need a big kit, or even drums, for that matter.

"That guy" is also related to "this other guy", who will tell you about the most amazing drum solo he's ever seen. If you played musically over a vamp or song form, he'd tell you about someone else's stick twirling. If your solo had pyrotechnics, then he'll tell you about the understated beauty of melodic improvisation.

What makes a good drummer is a nebulous thing, but the subject is full of stereotypes: the humongous metal kit, the teensy bop kit, stick tricks, pyrotechnics, melodic playing, ridiculously-complicated-pattern playing, and so on. It's a pathetic ploy for attention on his part. He thinks you have the spotlight, and he wants to shine it on him by invoking what he perceives as your opposite. And the funny thing is, you, and not one of his friends, are the drummer on the gig, after all.
 

ambientgreg

Senior Member
Ya gotta know how to lead a guy like that down a random bunny trail verbally speaking.
Ex: "Wow. Double Bass Pedal. Maybe I'll get one for Christmas. I hope it snows this year."
Then quickly say ( church dinner, right?) "Hey could you please pass the (whatever food here)" ,that should shut him down and make it obvious to change the subject.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
...I must have been born under an unlucky star - musicwise ...

Before rehearsal, we all have a big ol' lunch together that includes band and chior members and their families or siginificant others, and the sound techs and their families or significant others.

In all about 40 people including kids ...
No unlucky star, just the law of averages. You seem like an extrovert who mixes with a lot of people. Chances are that you're more likely to cross paths with jerks than someone who doesn't socialise as much.

Brent has the stereotype nailed - the guy's just another attention seeking big mouth, full of loud and strong opinions that have no depth or intelligence behind them.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Ya gotta know how to lead a guy like that down a random bunny trail verbally speaking.
Ex: "Wow. Double Bass Pedal. Maybe I'll get one for Christmas. I hope it snows this year."
Then quickly say ( church dinner, right?) "Hey could you please pass the (whatever food here)" ,that should shut him down and make it obvious to change the subject.
Yeah..I'm with you on that.You have to play a guy like that so that everybody realizes he's a doink.Try and have fun with it.People like that are easy to bait.You should have asked him how long has he been playing,and hand him a pair of sticks,and say....show me what you mean".I bet he shuts right up.

Steve B
 
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Doctor Dirt

Guest
The Carmen Appice version of "Wade in the Water" has more grooove to it! + a double bass solo (barefoot) excellent!!! Doc
 

kettles

Gold Member
I would have said: "When the band agrees on my suggestion to cover Slayer's 'Angel of Death', sure I'll buy a double pedal"
 

adam!

Senior Member
Maybe he should just listen to some Trans-Siberian Orchestra....
Sorry to hear about your harrassment. The best thing to do is ignore it, rather than get in a pissing contest.
 

KarlCrafton

Platinum Member
Haha! What a dolt.
Everyone "within earshot" has probably had the same experience with this person.

Maybe he was a test....


:)
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
This person was an overbearing loudmouth. I'll bet you weren't the only person at the table he offended.

If you can think on your feet, you can amuse others at the table at his expense and likely he will be oblivious. Say things like,

"Double pedals are played only in Satanic Death Metal bands - didn't you know that?"

"Wow, looks like I've got some competition for my drumming spot!"

"Let me guess, now you're going to go back and tell your friend that he should play with a single pedal like me, right?"

"I had no idea there was another drummer at the table."
 

baz

Silver Member
...I used to have similar issues until I started attending a Church where it was not considered bad manners to tell some one to shut the eff up.

I sat through a lot of interesting sermons at Our Lady Of Tourette.

Hallelujah and pass the effin collection plate.

Barry
 

TOMANO

Senior Member
I stopped allowing myself to have meaningless, inane conversations with people over 20 years ago. It does a life good.

MT
 

mxo721

Senior Member
I wonder if that dude's triple bass drums have pentagrams on em' too. man. rouge it seems like your whole town is one giant mental hospital.
 

Thud

Senior Member
Dudes, let me introduce you to my fave quotation...


"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"

A. Einstein
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
I wonder if that dude's triple bass drums have pentagrams on em' too. man. rouge it seems like your whole town is one giant mental hospital.
hey, that would have been a good thing to tell that oaf. "Double bass is too easy and really lame. I play triple bass and I'm working toward quadruple bass."
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Funny. Whenever these kinds of threads come in everyone starts throwing in responses as though it's the "Snappy Answers to Dumb Questions" section of MAD Magazine lol

Truth be told, if it happened to me I'd probably be stunned into silence in one of those DOES-NOT-COMPUTE moments and then said something bland like "um no, it's not my thing".

I'm one of those people who always comes up with the snappy answer an hour later. I agree with Tomano ... life's too short to waste on clowns.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
... life's too short to waste on clowns.
True that, but the OP, in his "situation", had no where to turn. This clueless blow hard doin' his "male strut" before his woman, no, I ain't gonna let someone like that "control" a situation that I have to be a part of.​
I started out, at 10 years old, playin' in a band that did a lot of church gigs. And I found out real fast, that just because you're in a room full of Christians, doesn't mean everyone is gonna act like a Christian. So when some fool wants to take the "gloves off" ... I'm there. I ain't the kinda guy that goes lookin' for trouble ... but when it finds me. I tend to shut it down real quick.​
 
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