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Old 10-24-2013, 09:08 PM
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Default Drummers who've inspired your playing

I'll start with G. Kollias, Martin Lopez, Axenrot..

AND Steve Gadd..
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:47 PM
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Tommy Lee, Alex Van Halen, John Bonham & Ian Paice.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:52 PM
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There are many, some famous and some local, but the the two biggest influences from my formative years are Ringo Starr and Steve Gorman.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:11 AM
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I'd like to think I take something from every drummer I watch. My biggest influences on playing are Jean-Paul Gaster, John Bonham, and Bobby Schayer.

I learned something that I'll probably use until I die, or can no longer play drums. Thomas Lang talked, in a video, about playing dynamically. He went over the importance of switching from heel up to heel down playing in the same songs because you could conserve energy, in addition to accents and what not.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:30 AM
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Phew... what a question... how long a list do you want? There's so many to list...

OK, just a few then...

Simon Phillips
Ian Paice
Cozy Powell
John Bonham
Clive Bunker
Neil Peart
Vinnie Colaiuta
Steve Gadd
Benny Greb
Keith Carlock
Jojo Mayer
Steve Jordan
Billy Cobham
Cindy Blackman
Tony Williams
Peter Erskine
Steve Smith
Mark Brzezicki

... and many more :)
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:17 AM
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Now that ringo starr is in the topic.. Anyone fans of The Plastic Uno Band? :D
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:45 AM
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Yeah Martin Lopez! Not so much Axenrot. If I want to listen to a metal robot, I'll take Gene Hogland over Axe any day. Hogland seems to be a current influence while I work on my double bass. As is Mario Duplantier.

I hate to say it, but Danny Carey was a huge influence during my formative years. And Dave Grohl. So were Gavin Harrison and Bill Ward and I still love them though. Same with Paco, Aaron Harris, and Paco of Truckfighters.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:07 AM
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If I want to listen to a metal robot, I'll take Gene Hogland over Axe any day.

You should check the drums out on this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mnNf4xtT50
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:32 AM
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Wow, so many I love to listen to and that I've tried to study and imitate their playing

Krupa
Bellson
Shaugnessy
Papa Joe
Sonny Payne

To the prog masters like
Carl Palmer
Bill Bruford
Phil Collins
Alan White

And the studio greats
Hal Blaine
Jeff Porcaro
Carlos Vega
Kenny Aranoff
Larrie Londin
Paul leim
SteveGadd
JR Robinson
Andy Newmark
and the brilliant Dave Early
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:30 AM
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For me that would be albums that I really learned a lot from as a youth. Don Brewer(Grand Funk) Survival album. Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Made In Japan album. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) Paranoid album. These 3 are what I really cut my teeth on. Now days the list goes on and on. Sometimes it's watching the videos on this forum. I'm amazed at the talent displayed here.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:18 PM
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I'm a product of all I've deeply listened to and hence, studied... As a result I'm sure to forget someone but I actually tried to assemble a list.

Top of the house is My Dad - without his passion for the instrument, love for the music and an enormous record collection that filled a large room from floor to ceiling and every wall - absolutely none of this would of happened.

Steve Gadd tops the list of drummers after my Dad, then I move on.

Original New Orleans & Chicago Original Jazz (many also played big band as well)
Barrett Deems
Big Sid Catlett
Cliff Leeman
Cozy Cole
Danny Barcelona
Dave Tough
Gene Krupa
Ray Bauduc
Ray McKinley
Warren "Baby" Dodds
Zutty Singleton

Who became famous for Big Band but also played Small Group
Buddy Rich
Chick Webb
Louie Bellson
Papa Jo Jones
Sam Woodyard
Sonny Greer
Sonny Payne

Traditional Mainstream Jazz (many also did/do Big Band)
Al Foster
Alan Dawson
Art Blakey
Art Taylor
Billy Higgins
Charli Persip
Ed Thigpen
Elvin Jones
Frankie Dunlop
Jack DeJohnette
Jimmy Cobb
Joe Morello
Louis Hayes
Max Roach
Mel Lewis
Paul Motian
Philly Joe Jones
Roy Haynes
Tony Williams

More Modern Day Guys
Ari Hoenig
Bill Stewart
Brian Blade
Danny Gottlieb
Dave Weckl
David Garibaldi
Harvey Mason
Herlin Riley
Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Porcaro
Jeff Tain Watts
Joe La Barbera
Joey Baron
John Robinson
Louis Nash
Mike Clark
Stanton Moore
Steve Smith
Vinnie Colauita

As educators
John Riley
Jim Blackley
All my own personal teachers

Many of the people that contribute here as well.

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Old 10-25-2013, 01:30 PM
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It would be interesting to put a chronological order to one's own musical development to this. Of course no one can mention all the influences but in terms of who I tried to play like, copy, imitate, sound like over the years..


Sandy Nelson

Buddy Rich

Keith Moon

Ian Paice

Mel Brewer ( anybody remember grand funk railroad? )

Billy Cobham

Bernard Purdie

Steve Gadd

Jim Keltner

Alphonse Mouzon

Narada Michael Waldon

Elvin Jones

Tony WIlliams

Jack De Johnette

Peter Erskine

Gary Novak

Vinnie Colauita

Eric Harland

...etc


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Old 10-25-2013, 01:30 PM
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My dad was the person ho inspired me to play in the beginning. He would listen to Led Zeppelin and Who records with me and point out how great Bonham and Moon were. Guys like AVH and Phil Rudd were some of my early musical influences. Motley Crue was my favorite band for years, mostly due to Tommy Lee, so he was a big early influence.

From that point on every drummer that I hear inspired me. I love the drums and I love to hear them played well. There are countless numbers of songs and bands that make me want to get behind the kit and play along. I have my favorites but the inspiration to play the drums comes from everywhere.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:20 PM
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David Garibaldi

Carter Beauford

Jeff Porcaro

Weckl

and of course Bonzo

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Old 10-25-2013, 04:41 PM
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I hate to say it, but Danny Carey was a huge influence during my formative years..
I have to ask, why?

It's kind of odd to read that. Like "I'm embarrassed to admit Bill Bruford was a major influence on my playing"


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Old 10-25-2013, 09:12 PM
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I Remember the days imitating phill rud's work in the Back in Black masterpiece, very good starters!
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:06 AM
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It started off with Ben Gillies from Silverchair when I was junior high. He was kinda like my "Ringo"--the catalyst that started it all. I thought it was amazing that he wasn't but just a few years older than me and was in a famous rock band.

Then in my teenage years and early 20's it was guys like Abe Cunningham, Jose Pasillas, and Chad Sexton. I was a big fan of their bands and still am to this day.

These days it's guys like JoJo Mayer, Dave Weckl, Vinnie, and Benny Greb. For the past few years I've been following them so closely because they just take the drumset to a level I never thought it could go. And then I decided to look into that guy you may or may not have heard of named Tony Williams. Yeah, talk about having your whole perspective of an instrument turned on its head....but in a good way of course.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:40 AM
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So many...

Ringo, Bonham, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Ed Thigpen, John Riley, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Ben Riley, Chris Layton, Joe Morello, Steve Gorman, Clayton Cameron, Mark Teixeira, Fred Below, Art Blakey....
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:27 AM
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My main inspirations are Joe Rickard, the drummer for Red, a Christian rock band, and Brooks Holt, a drummer on YouTube. I feel each of these have influenced the style with which I play.
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:32 AM
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Bellson, Rich, Bonham, Peart, Collins, Bruford, Harrison, Morello, Moon, the list goes on...
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:27 AM
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Steve Gadd
Jojo Mayer
Jon Theodore
Dave Weckl
Thomas Pridgen
Matt Helpern

... are a few that have recently inspired me to learn some new techniques and so forth.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:50 AM
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Primarily, it was Gene Krupa, and Ringo. Via the radio in the '60s and '70s, I absorbed a lot of Hal Blaine, and the Motown drummers. On the more adventurous edge, I admired Tull's and Zappa's drummers. In my teens, I also listened carefully to a then-acquaintance, Dennis St John, who drummed for Neil Diamond, and had a sensible, solid apporoach to playing. He always had concert toms during his 10 years with Neil, and his tasty fills have stayed with me to this day.

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Old 12-28-2013, 05:24 AM
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Joey Kramer
Keith Moon
John Bonham
Carter Beauford
Steve Gorman
Kenny Aronoff
Buddy Rich
Gene Krupa

...The list could go on and on so I am just naming a few.

Joey K has had the biggest influence on me. I love Aerosmith and I think he is one of the most underrated rock and roll drummers.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:08 PM
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Levon helm for me..............
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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Benny Benjamin, Hal Blaine, Danny Seraphine, Ian Paice and Phil Ehart are probably my biggest formative influences in that order.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:40 PM
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I've been *inspired* by every drummer that played on a song where I liked the drum track....

The fellas that made me want to play:
Buddy
Ringo
Danny
Ian
Neil
Phil

The fella that has informed my approach and growth, through videos of course
Dave Weckl.....what an amazing relayer of principles and ideas

Shameless, but not intended to be polarizing promotion: When it comes to rock, hard rock and prog drumming, Neil is the exalted God of the instrument. You cannot appreciate the greatness in full detail unless you really dig in and learn some of the stuff.....it makes you smile, it challenges you, it has power, finesse and style.

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:39 PM
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If I was to just look at my drumming right now at the moment, with the original music we are doing in the studio, I would say Mickey Hart, Bill Krutzman and Danny Carey of all people. I'm really getting deep into tom work as much as I can and incorporating different elements into my playing using the toms and other percussion instruments.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:00 PM
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Moonie for being what I want to do when the sticks are in my hands and Charlie Boy for being the family man I should be ...playing simply as well every now and then.....all playing from the head without knowing how to read music...to me every other drummer falls in between them..playing by the rules....steady keeping time....technically.....

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Old 12-29-2013, 08:43 PM
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I heard lots of drummers when I was young as they were on records I listened to, but I was never that bothered to find out who they were.

Then I heard "Dance With The Devil" by Cozy Powell. It was released when I was 11, & after that none of my Mum's cake tins or knitting needles were safe!

I've been impressed by many drummers since, but he was the one who inspired me to play.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:59 PM
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Mel Brewer ( anybody remember grand funk railroad? )
Isn't it Don Brewer?
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For me (major and formative influences bold)

Mike Bordin

Mike Portnoy

Virgil Donati

Dave Weckl

Vinnie Colaiuta

Bill Stewart

Todd Sucherman

Keith Carlock

Steve Jordan

Gavin Harrison

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Old 12-29-2013, 11:52 PM
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Most directly, Paul Delong.

Others include Peart, Gadd, Colaiuta, Weckl, Katche, Bonham, Dejohnette, Garibaldi, Porcaro and a bunch more.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:09 PM
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Benny Benjamin, Hal Blaine, Danny Seraphine, Ian Paice and Phil Ehart are probably my biggest formative influences in that order.
Larry, I am a little surprised to see you list Danny as an influence. (He is by far the biggest influence on me!). I am not trying to read too much into your past post so please forgive my assumptions but.......you seem to fall into the "less is better camp" in terms of playing. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but most people would not describe Danny's playing to be any where close to that and some might even criticize him for his style. Of course, for me, that style is what drew me to him. When I first saw him play live in 1972 or '73, I was blown away by what this "rock drummer" was doing! Anyway, good to hear other people was as influenced by him as I was!

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Old 12-30-2013, 06:44 PM
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The drummers who have inspired me the most are in order:

1. Joe Morello
2. Jeff Hamilton
3. Larry Bunker
4. Ed Thigpen
5. Max Roach
6. Paul Motian
7. Mel Lewis

Motian, Bunker, and Thipgen are masterful with brushes. I can never listen to enough of any of these guys.
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.......you seem to fall into the "less is better camp" in terms of playing.

Take care!
I can see how I give that impression. I mainly mean that in regards to drumming to Blues music. Too many newbs overplay Blues and overuse their fills. But I was raised on rock and can and do play as many notes as necessary for whatever the situation requires. My trio, even though at heart we are a Blues band, in reality, because of the places we play, we play what we need to keep the people dancing, which only includes maybe 10% Blues. Lately we have been doing The Who's "The Kids Are Alright", and at the end, instead of fading out, I get a little spot where I try and capture a KM vibe with 16ths all over the toms and crashes, arms flailing. So I play what's necessary, but also possess the restraint to be able to keep a steady beat with no fills for minutes on end. In Blues, a gigantic gaping pitfall is thinking that you are boring because you are just keeping a good beat, and a lot of guys get nervous and have to ruin the vibe with an unnecessary fill. It's a security thing.

But Danny Seraphine came along at an age when I first really started focusing in on the drums, and between him and Bobby Columby, they were the first guys who I definitely took real notice to, rather than listen passively to. I was probably 10 years old when CTA's first album came out. "Questions 67 and 68" is still one of my favorite all time songs. It's got great atmosphere. That opening fill really hooked me in. I totally stole from Danny. I didn't realize this at the time, but he helped shape my approach for sure.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:40 PM
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Al Jackson Jr

Clyde and Jabo

Bonham

Mitchell

Carmine

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:41 PM
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Louie Bellson
Roy Haynes
Tony Williams
Steve Smith
Dave Weckl
Rayford Griffin
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Clyde and Jabo (+1 for "Liebe zeit")
Tony Thompson
David Garibaldi
Bernard Purdie
Vinnie Paul
Dave Weckl
Tommy Aldridge
Tomas Haake
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oh man..what a question...
Mine would start from my drummer buddies, my teacher, to local guys and all the way to the professional drum GODS whom I am always in awe of!!
("completely in awe of" meaning when I watch/listen to them play I just go "**.... ...... .....jaw opened** then say to myself "I will be a very happy man if I can be 1/1000th as good as them"

Ok lets just list the pros haha:

Dave Weckl
Vinnie Colaiuta
Gavin Harrison
Steve Gadd
Jeff Porcaro
John JR Robinson
Chris Coleman
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:32 PM
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Carter Beauford

Jay Lane

Butch Norton

My own playing inspires me to improve
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