What's Your Drumming Face Like?

KzSgDrummer

Silver Member
This is a silly question, but we all know us musicians can make some pretty strange faces while noodling away - ESPECIALLY us drummers - so what face do you mostly make when you're in the thick of it all?


Me -- I'm always verbally "saying" what I'm playing (making rhythmic noises with my mouth), so my mouth is always moving. But for the rest of my face, it depends on the mood of the music. If it's real intense, then I'm glaring around and looking possessed (think Terry Bozzio). But for when it's time to relax and let the groove simmer along, I'll have a huge smile going on as I enjoy the music and try to send that energy on to the audience.

ALSO -- how about famous drummers' faces? Bonham's barking at the air is awesome!
 

Olemunati

Junior Member
When do something that cross the border, like a fast fill from nowhere, my tongue goes out and my eyes closes...Never seen it myself, but I think that must look pretty weird!
 

Adam

Member
Sometimes I'll clamp my teeth, but I mostly look up and down slowly and the only thing that moves is my jaw clenching and my eyes looking angry. Sometimes when I hit the snare drum I yell "BAHH!" I've actually spent time working on my drum face. I play in front of a mirror. It's important to look relaxed, but at the same time to have intensity when you need too. I just don't want to look like a jerk with a deformed face.
 
I drool. It's really embarrassing. If I'm really into what I'm playing, concentrating on something like a syncopation/coordination exercise, I've been known to drool on myself.
 

trysthedrummer

Senior Member
Il open my mouth if things are getting a bit tricky for me. If im really in the mood I can't help but close my eyes and just play.
 

danander11

Senior Member
LOL.. This is a funny one.

It's black or white with me.. Sometimes I smile and/or talk with another muso, or, mostly, I am from the Neil Peart School of Drum Faces.. ie: nothing at all.

When I first began playing, I used to have my mouth open all of the time and singing aloud bass parts (that I heard in my head). First trip to the studio resulted in a lot of humiliation and a bit of gaffers tape across my mouth to stop the "noise". I have since learned to shut up ;-)
 

mosesman

Member
This is awkward--I tend to look very surprised...



Once my little brother told me I looked like a demon. Wow.
 

Dr Drums

Pioneer Member
That's an hilarious thread...

I keep a cool face usually, but when things get somewhat hard i shrink my face, maybe something like that: ( :D - I was not sober in this one )



Oh and when i focus hard or "In the zone" I just start buzzing random notes.
 

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Clubdrums

Member
Everyone tells me I look like i'm about to kill someone when im playing.

Mosesman you face is great. basically the opposite of mine.
 

Lynchie

Member
My wife teases me and says I look like I'm in pain! Little does she know that i'm in heaven. If my pic loaded correctly...here I'm just smiling.
 

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The_Rev_Rules

Junior Member
LOL.. This is a funny one.

It's black or white with me.. Sometimes I smile and/or talk with another muso, or, mostly, I am from the Neil Peart School of Drum Faces.. ie: nothing at all.

When I first began playing, I used to have my mouth open all of the time and singing aloud bass parts (that I heard in my head). First trip to the studio resulted in a lot of humiliation and a bit of gaffers tape across my mouth to stop the "noise". I have since learned to shut up ;-)
I go to that school too, other members in my band don't like it, God damn you, face
 
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