DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussion forum for all drum related topics. Use this forum to exchange ideas and information with your fellow drummers.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-10-2017, 04:48 AM
buddhadrummer's Avatar
buddhadrummer buddhadrummer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Dali, Yunnan, CN
Posts: 21
Default Why Do I Play Drums?

In a few words, would you be so kind as to succinctly give the top reason(s) why you play the drumset?

Thanks so much!
--BD
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-10-2017, 04:57 AM
Midnite Zephyr's Avatar
Midnite Zephyr Midnite Zephyr is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 6,298
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Because I can and I really enjoy it.
__________________
Drumming for fun.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-10-2017, 05:03 AM
PlayTheSong's Avatar
PlayTheSong PlayTheSong is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 267
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I think everyone enjoys exercising their God-given talents. Personally, when I'm drumming it feels like it's what I was born to do, and when I'm not drumming I'm looking forward to the next rehearsal. These statements only apply to playing with other musicians. Practicing alone is far less compelling.
__________________
Returned after 30 years. Now playing Gospel/Worship and Concert Band stuff - Big Band next?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-10-2017, 05:19 AM
AzHeat's Avatar
AzHeat AzHeat is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Posts: 1,263
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Because guitars break when beaten with sticks! In all seriousness, it's about the only time my brain is busy enough to shut out the rest of the world. It's the best pressure releaser on the planet. The fact that it's so dang fun is the icing. :)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:15 AM
Hewitt2's Avatar
Hewitt2 Hewitt2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Deep in the Groove
Posts: 318
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by buddhadrummer View Post
In a few words, would you be so kind as to succinctly give the top reason(s) why you play the drumset?

Thanks so much!
--BD
Just got home from seeing Dennis Chambers play and I'm honestly asking myself that very question!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:21 AM
GruntersDad's Avatar
GruntersDad GruntersDad is offline
Administrator - Mayor
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gulf Coast Seminole, Florida
Posts: 21,860
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Here are the reasons from 11 years ago. I bet most are the same.


http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...de+start+drums
__________________
johnny
Suum cuique tribuere....
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:32 AM
ineedaclutch's Avatar
ineedaclutch ineedaclutch is online now
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: My living room
Posts: 1,466
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

It's my happy place.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Get out there. Don't be a Richard.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:39 AM
R2112's Avatar
R2112 R2112 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Texas
Posts: 516
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Cause chicks dig drummers.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-10-2017, 08:43 AM
Hollywood Jim's Avatar
Hollywood Jim Hollywood Jim is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 3,635
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I donít know why.
I was born to play the drums. I started playing at about 3 years old. My Dad was a drummer. I donít even remember learning how to play.
I played until I was 20 years old. Then I completely stopped playing. 45 years later I picked up the sticks and it came back with a vengeance.

I swear, I tried to quit. I do remember at 20 years old the withdrawal symptoms were terrible.
You tell me, why do I play drums? In my case itís a complete and total addiction.

.
__________________
"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-10-2017, 09:15 AM
mikel mikel is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Midlands. England.
Posts: 2,264
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

It gives me pleasure. Why else?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-10-2017, 09:37 AM
Magenta's Avatar
Magenta Magenta is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Gwlad Cymru
Posts: 3,195
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikel View Post
It gives me pleasure. Why else?
Same here. Probably doesn't give as much pleasure to anybody else though - the way I play, I mean, not the way Mike plays!
__________________
Thinly veiled angel

Ladies & gentlemen, I've suffered for my art. Now it's your turn (Neil Innes)
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-10-2017, 10:03 AM
JohnoWorld
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

It's my tribal instinct, but also the first time i got behind a kit, I could hold a simple beat.

Coordination of limbs is one of my strengths. It's like driving (a manual car) except your canvas is the road instead of a stave
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-10-2017, 11:52 AM
mikel mikel is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Midlands. England.
Posts: 2,264
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Magenta View Post
Same here. Probably doesn't give as much pleasure to anybody else though - the way I play, I mean, not the way Mike plays!
No, I am right with you on that. It still matters not, though. As long as we enjoy what we do all is good. I would rather be middling at something and love it than be an obsessive chop merchant who is never happy regardless of how much they play.

As my old Mum was fond of saying "You only really NEED to be two things in life, happy and healthy."
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-10-2017, 11:58 AM
funkutron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

If I didn't play drums, I'd probably be public enemy number one! It channels my rage into something useful that people, most notably females, seem to like. I probably have ADD or ADHD and always did, but back in my day, they didn't know what it was, they just told you that you were a naughty boy! To this day I can't sit down and read a whole book, I lose my concentration very quickly. But I love music if it's good (I have a lot of trouble liking a lot of the new music though because it's NOT) and I have always been drawn to drumming, when I see a band I notice the drummer, always did. And drumming is the only thing I ever was able to stick with. (No pun intended!)
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-10-2017, 12:02 PM
PorkPieGuy's Avatar
PorkPieGuy PorkPieGuy is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 2,023
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I play drums with my really good friends because it's cheaper than therapy.

I play drums at church because it's my ministry.

Then after I play at church, I play drums with my really good friends because it's cheaper than therapy.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-10-2017, 02:10 PM
Purple Cobwebs's Avatar
Purple Cobwebs Purple Cobwebs is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 68
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I've not found anything else that is as much fun!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-10-2017, 08:11 PM
R2112's Avatar
R2112 R2112 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Texas
Posts: 516
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

As others have said, It's just so much fun. Also for me though, it's incredible to be able to "communicate" and "connect" with other individuals without speaking. When I lock in with the bassist and the others all join in...no words are spoken yet, we're all connecting and understanding each other. Such a great feeling.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-10-2017, 08:42 PM
Dr_Watso's Avatar
Dr_Watso Dr_Watso is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 6,155
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Nothing else makes my brain work so hard in a good way. Coordination, time, external music influence, pattern application, planning ahead, and creativity all at once.
__________________
"I always wanted to be remembered for; being honest. Nothing else is worth a damn." - Lemmy
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-10-2017, 08:54 PM
Camshaft's Avatar
Camshaft Camshaft is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Akron, Ohio USA
Posts: 73
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I'm too lazy to stand up while I play music.
__________________
-Cam
TAMA lover & Sound Percussion apologist.
Click here for my project/gear thread!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-10-2017, 08:58 PM
Midnite Zephyr's Avatar
Midnite Zephyr Midnite Zephyr is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 6,298
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Drumming makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
__________________
Drumming for fun.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 02-11-2017, 07:48 AM
buddhadrummer's Avatar
buddhadrummer buddhadrummer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Dali, Yunnan, CN
Posts: 21
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Thanks for all the responses. Yeah, I'm looking for why you play, what keeps you engaged in the act of playing, not so much the reasons that may have inspired you to begin.

So far the responses:
+ because I can
+ it's fun, I enjoy it
+ born to play
+ it releases pressure
+ addicted to it
+ tribal instinct
+ channels energy positively
+ it's therapeutic
+ communicate / connect / understanding
+ brings all parts of ourselves together for a unified purpose
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 02-11-2017, 02:02 PM
Thunder 42's Avatar
Thunder 42 Thunder 42 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Stafford, Virginia, USA
Posts: 860
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Playing drums mellows everything going on in my world...
__________________
Kerope, K Constantinople, Agop Signature, Tama, C&C, Craviotto, Unix, Starclassic, DW 6000
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-11-2017, 05:40 PM
larryace's Avatar
larryace larryace is offline
"Uncle Larry"
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In beautiful Bucks County, PA
Posts: 20,096
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

That's easy. I like making people dance, especially women. Their hips mesmerize me when they dance. So naturally I prefer to play in a manner that makes it really easy to dance. It's my secret power.

Drums are the best instrument for me because I understand....completely.... how loud, obnoxious and repelling they can be, so I try and tame the instrument, so it gracefully adds to the music instead of detracting. A bull in a china shop is not my idea of good drumming. Yet that's what I see mostly.

I boiled it down to this: I play for everyone else's benefit, period. Meaning the singer, the lead player, the rhythm section, and the dancing public. Then drumming becomes greater than the sum of it's parts, that's my goal. That's my secret weapon, to play for the others benefit, and turn upside down the general perception of drummers.

I even have an equation: 80% listening 20% playing. Listening to everything else is #1 in my head. It dictates what I play, at what volume.

Excluding myself from the playing equation brings me everything I seek, in abundance...which is basically approval and recognition for doing my job in a positive way. It's a backwards approach from what I normally see, which is drummers who are still playing their self important drum part and missing the big picture that is the music of the song.
__________________
Levis/Hanes/Timberlands/Custom made socks
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 02-11-2017, 06:19 PM
funkutron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by larryace View Post
That's easy. I like making people dance, especially women. Their hips mesmerize me when they dance. So naturally I prefer to play in a manner that makes it really easy to dance. It's my secret power.

Drums are the best instrument for me because I understand....completely.... how loud, obnoxious and repelling they can be, so I try and tame the instrument, so it gracefully adds to the music instead of detracting. A bull in a china shop is not my idea of good drumming. Yet that's what I see mostly.

I boiled it down to this: I play for everyone else's benefit, period. Meaning the singer, the lead player, the rhythm section, and the dancing public. Then drumming becomes greater than the sum of it's parts, that's my goal. That's my secret weapon, to play for the others benefit, and turn upside down the general perception of drummers.

I even have an equation: 80% listening 20% playing. Listening to everything else is #1 in my head. It dictates what I play, at what volume.

Excluding myself from the playing equation brings me everything I seek, in abundance...which is basically approval and recognition for doing my job in a positive way. It's a backwards approach from what I normally see, which is drummers who are still playing their self important drum part and missing the big picture that is the music of the song.
Yeah, I play a helluva lot better when there's women on the dance floor moving their naughty bottoms! That's what keeps ME going!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 02-11-2017, 06:42 PM
Midnite Zephyr's Avatar
Midnite Zephyr Midnite Zephyr is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 6,298
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by funkutron View Post
Yeah, I play a helluva lot better when there's women on the dance floor moving their naughty bottoms! That's what keeps ME going!
Oh, those naughty bottoms! That's always a good thing. ;)
__________________
Drumming for fun.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 02-11-2017, 07:02 PM
Juniper's Avatar
Juniper Juniper is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Near London, UK
Posts: 1,032
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Because there's no feeling like it.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 02-11-2017, 11:46 PM
funkutron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Midnite Zephyr View Post
Oh, those naughty bottoms! That's always a good thing. ;)
Sometimes I've gotten "in the door" with those naughty girls because of my musician status, and I've been able to SMACK those naughty bottoms! It's really funny how many girls enjoy that! Maybe because they all KNOW they're NAUGHTY! LOL! (But I'm happy to oblige them!) As drummers, we are the "ultimate" smackers of bottoms! Think about it!
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 02-12-2017, 12:33 AM
buddhadrummer's Avatar
buddhadrummer buddhadrummer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Dali, Yunnan, CN
Posts: 21
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Ok, ok, settle down now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by larryace View Post
That's easy. I like making people dance...I play for everyone else's benefit, period. Meaning the singer, the lead player, the rhythm section, and the dancing public. Then drumming becomes greater than the sum of it's parts, that's my goal. That's my secret weapon, to play for the others benefit...

I even have an equation: 80% listening 20% playing. Listening to everything else is #1 in my head. It dictates what I play, at what volume.

Excluding myself from the playing equation brings me everything I seek, in abundance...
Yes. Totally agree. I say that drumming is social event with the sole purpose of lifting others higher.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 02-12-2017, 01:25 AM
funkutron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by buddhadrummer View Post
Ok, ok, settle down now.



Yes. Totally agree. I say that drumming is social event with the sole purpose of lifting others higher.
Life Is! That's why the "spirit" became the FLESH! To ENJOY the TRIP! Nature is harsh....folks are being EATEN by predators. The Human Being is the only creature who can realize what we can. (Although my Cats are quite sentient, I have no doubt!) We are the ultimate pleasure seekers. That's why they will never wage a successful "war on drugs" (the drugs that "big pharma" doesn't own, anyway!) -because "ever since we lost our innocence, we've been trying to get it back". No good sending ME to "rehab" mate, I'd have everybody there back on the sauce and whatever else! From a purely philosophical standpoint!
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 02-12-2017, 05:40 AM
larryace's Avatar
larryace larryace is offline
"Uncle Larry"
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In beautiful Bucks County, PA
Posts: 20,096
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by buddhadrummer View Post



Yes. Totally agree. I say that drumming is social event with the sole purpose of lifting others higher.
This is great. The only thing I'd change is the spelling of sole to soul.
__________________
Levis/Hanes/Timberlands/Custom made socks
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 02-12-2017, 01:00 PM
buddhadrummer's Avatar
buddhadrummer buddhadrummer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Dali, Yunnan, CN
Posts: 21
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

Quote:
Originally Posted by funkutron View Post
Life Is!
Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 02-12-2017, 05:12 PM
gish's Avatar
gish gish is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 390
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

I happened to grow up in a household where music was playing almost constantly. My older siblings were all way into listening to music, but somewhat interestingly no one played an instrument (my oldest brother has dabbled in guitar over the years, but really only knows a handful of chords). Even at an early age I was always fascinated by the drums and drummers. I was maybe 12 years old, and was hanging out with a friend after school one day who played drums. I was watching him play his kit, and he asked if I wanted to give it a try. So I sat down, and I could somewhat hold a steady beat. He said to me that he didn't know I was also a drummer; I said "me neither!" I asked my parents if they could take me to get a pair of drumsticks, and away I went. 44 years old, still playing, still gigging, still love it. I try to instill in my kids that playing an instrument is something you can enjoy doing your entire life; the jury is out on whether they're buying in lol. They're young, plenty of time.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 02-12-2017, 05:42 PM
alparrott's Avatar
alparrott alparrott is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Posts: 6,062
Default Re: Why Do I Play Drums?

It's my therapy. I get to hit things legally.
__________________
Al Parrott
"Jus suum cuique"
-------------------------------------------------------
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com