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Old 03-11-2010, 11:30 AM
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Default Do drummers make good dancers?

Okay, i'm not a social dancer 'cause i'm , well, FAT, not P-H-A-T, I'm F-A-T and i get all sweaty after a while on the dance floor. I have had numerous ladies say laughable comments to me like "wow, you're such a great dancer!!". I kinda just thought to myself, "eh... she's just being nice i don't know how to flippin' dance". But then i realized after hanging out in some clubs that there are guys that have NO coordination whatsoever in their bodies. That's why i think good drummers make good dancers. We already have innate timing built into bodily control, dancing just adds a couple other parts that we don't really utilize all that often. The rotating and gyrating parts that we don't use drumming are our hips/ flexors, rotating our shoulders and rotating our torsos. If you can do all those in time and learn some basic "steps", where and when to put your feet, you've got the basic recipe to be a good dancer. The bad, "epic fail on the dance floor" that i see constantly is usually from clumsy (or drunk, or both) dudes that have NO timing and NO independence. In a nutshell, good dancing comes from good TIMING and great dancing comes from great timing and independence from your hips, shoulders, elbows and lastly foot placement. Since drummers in general have great coordination with 4 limbs, they naturally also have coordination with "core" muscles.

Just an observation after watching some Steve Gadd and Marco Minnemann vids. I've noticed when those 2 guys start "getting down" on the kit they appear to be channeling some kind of mojo between their hips and shoulders that give them inhuman groove. Almost as if they're doing a samba in their seat while playing. I tried it myself, just doing a litlle bounce move from the hip while rotating the shoulders and surprisingly, while keeping time with my hips/ shoulders/ head-bob it tied in everything i was doing on the kit and made it feel natural, instead of just staying rigid and thinking about where my next fill was coming from and what sticking technique was i going to pull out of my bag of tricks.
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