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Old 07-19-2011, 01:30 AM
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Steve Smith, Standing on the shoulders of giants.

I know its a name of one of his books or dvd's but he has also described his playing this way.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:37 AM
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"I would much rather have the ears and the ability to hear and vocalize then the ability to talk and theorize about music"

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:56 AM
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My drum teacher gave me one of my favorites:

"I can't teach this to you, you are going to have to catch it"

He was talking about groove and feel.
i thought it was gonna be cowbell fever haha
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:27 PM
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Steve Smith, Standing on the shoulders of giants.

I know its a name of one of his books or dvd's but he has also described his playing this way.
That's also what is written on the side of the British £2 coin. Just thought I'd let you know that useless fact haha...
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:32 PM
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I think I got a real answer to this never pet a burning dog thing. This makes the most sense out of anything I've seen so far. From Yahoo answers:

It means not to jump into a situation blindly, without assessing it thoroughly - otherwise you could get hurt or cause more damage.
I'd go with the Yahoo definition too. It makes sense ... oh, poor burning doggie ... pat pat ouch. Like many things it's obvious in hindsight.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:15 PM
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I go with Monica's debrief answer and down-to-earth example.

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The phrase probably predates Gadd. I believe it is military in it's origin. It means to not try to help something when it is already too late. Or to not ignore present danger and dive right into something.

It's sound advice like don't fry bacon naked.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:41 AM
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My bacon is always naked when I fry it.

Oh....nevermind.
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Okay, we have a handle on what the saying is and it seems we know why Larry has red spots on his groin ... but how about Steve G's advice in context of his playing?

It seems to me that he didn't feel that giving one overarching piece of drumming advice would be very helpful so he opted for a bit of life advice and probably quietly taking the mickey out of his status of drum guru.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:37 AM
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A really ludicrous statement from Jeff Porcaro:
"My time sucks."

If that was true my metronone also has really bad time.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:08 PM
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... but how about Steve G's advice in context of his playing?

It seems to me that he didn't feel that giving one overarching piece of drumming advice would be very helpful so he opted for a bit of life advice and probably quietly taking the mickey out of his status of drum guru.
As I understand it, he was asked for advice for people trying to get into the business. In that case, his advice makes more sense than in a playing context.

Did Ian ever have that pint w/ him?
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:19 PM
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Yes I did in fact We had few pints! When I asked Steve about that quote...He laughed and took a vodka shot... :-)

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:30 AM
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When asked about doing drum clinics Tommy Aldridge said "It beats a jab in the ass with a frozen carrot!"

Funny stuff!
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When asked about doing drum clinics Tommy Aldridge said "It beats a jab in the ass with a frozen carrot!"

Funny stuff!
All right. I will be the one to ask. How the hell does he know that?
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:30 PM
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" I am not Will Ferrell " - Chad Smith
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:14 PM
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"I love being a drummer. Everyone thinks you're dumb. What they don't realize is that if it weren't for you, their band would suck." - Dave Grohl
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:54 PM
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A bunch of lines from this Buddy Rich exclusive... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ssZeOZkWU

The Buddy recordings might already be old hat around here I don't know since I've only been a member here for about a year. I got these when they first came out back in the late 80's and they made for great table talk with other drummer friends.

About Steve Gadd... I live where he was born and lived until the military and then returned back from NYC for drug rehab. He lived here for many years before leaving again about 3 years ago to Arizona.

You'd run into him all over the place and he is the most gentle, down to earth and humble people you'd ever dare meet.

Some of his peers who came up with him as a player still remain here and I had the privilege to study with two of them privately for many years. I could write a book of quotes from them about drums, drumming and music.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:06 PM
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"i'm the best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world!"
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"You need to take risks, you never know if the end results will be beautiful or strange, you need to be instantaneous, listening to every moments, without missing a scrap of the music, even if you play a rest!" - Brian Blade
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:39 PM
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I love Boomka's quote of Vinnie:

"Anytime you strike the drums, you have to be aware that you're creating a musical event"

To me, it's a statement that reminds you of what it's all about and puts you in the right frame of mind for playing music.

Here's a Ringo quote:

"I've never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I've always played with other musicians. It`s how I play, there`s no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play".
These are all great quotes to read and are good reminders, this one reminds me that I feel pretty much the same way. I hit the pad a wee bit to keep loose but it is when I am actually in the thick of it that I really enjoy muself and sometimes surprise myself. Thanks for this.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:51 PM
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Fresh and not complex: It was all spontaneous - no plans!!! Simon Phillips
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:12 PM
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This just made me laugh.
"I probably should sit down and learn some stuff. About 3 or 4 years ago I bought a little pad, a practice pad. I wanted to learn how to bounce my sticks. I don’t know how to do that, so I sat there trying to do press rolls, and I gave up after two hours going, “This is bullshit. That ain’t gonna be loud enough!” -- Dave Grohl
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From the incredible movie/documentary A Drummer's Dream:

"When you approach this instrument for the first time, what comes out of you is simply what you feel."

- Dennis Chambers
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:25 PM
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"When it comes time to perform, intellect must yield to instinct"

Ken Werner from his book "Effortless Mastery"
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:23 PM
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What a great thread.

My only contribution is that I think it should be stickied.

I'm not a great drummer but feel free to quote that.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:25 AM
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Neil Peart recounts a few 'drummer jokes' in his book, Roadshow.

How do you get the drummer off the porch?
Pay for the pizza.

How can you tell if the stage is level?
Drool comes out both sides of the drummers mouth.

What do you call a drummer in a three-piece suit?
The defendant.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:33 AM
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OK....more Neil.

Oh his outlook of the whole touring lifestyle,

"You get up in the morning and you go to work".

And one more joke from Roadshow.

What's the difference between a savings bond and a drummer?
One will mature and make money.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:45 AM
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More Neil???????

Ok, ok.......

From his book 'Traveling Music' , he tells the story of meeting Charlie Watts just before Rush took the stage at 'SARS-Stock' in Toronto a few years back. Summed up in an email from Geddy.....

"BTW, I will never forget that moment before we went onstage when Charlie Watts came over to shake your hand (at the worst possible moment!) and watching your face go through all the motions of....a. who is this old guy? b. what does he want? c. oh for god's sake it's Charlie Watts!"
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Sorry for necroing this thread, but I just watched a video from Gene Hoglan that's a real goldmine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jKxX1FI9t8

at 2:14
"Here's an example of I how learned to count to.. well to some crazy number right here. It's really hard. Let me try to count this as we go, this is a really weird one: a 2 3 4 5 6 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - 1 2 3 4 5 [pauses] What kinda counting was that. I just counted to 21 or something, that's retarded. Way to go guys"

And of course:
3:10
"When I play drums, I like it when orange strings come out of my head."

Gene is such a beast, haha.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:32 PM
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" Someone asked me about the use of the metronome and I answered that you should use it only if you cannot keep time and are trying to develop a sense of holding time at a certain level. But to play metronomic time is another inhuman aspect. The time should be at the same place, but to make it elastic sounding, it may have to get a little faster or slower. A metronome locks you into "bap bap bap bap."

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"That whole thing of replicating what others do is a siren call. The sirens lure you to the rocks of unoriginality."

Stewart Copeland, being tactful as usual.
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"...first of all you can't sound like Max Roach ... you can't sound like Buddy Rich or whoever it is that you are trying to emulate. You Can't do it . So it behooves you to check out what they're doing and try to execute some of the things you hear them doing that are part of the drumming tradition....and it's going to comeout sounding like you anyway.
So don't be afraid of influences ...it's a big big problem.
I've heard young musicians in schools and conservatories all around the world.
I ask them if they listen to Horace Silver or have they listened to Tommy Flanagan, or Hank Jones?....' no no' ... have you listened to Sonny Rollins?.... 'no no I don't wanna sound like anyone I don't wanna be....' ......I think it's a huge mistake ..... huge huge huge.
and if you were writing poetry you would study great poets, if you were a painter you would study great painters ...it doesn't mean you are going to paint like them ..but you have to understand conceptually what goes into creating something of a certain level and a certain feeling.... and so.... don't be afraid of influences "

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"I believe that playing like someone is a great help. I believe it gives someone a vocabulary. It gives you things that you don't have. and playing like people that have come before is the basis so that you can decide for yourself what you want to play and what you don't want to play. If you don't do these things then you never know ... you're just floundering around and being insecure and for lack of better reasons everyone walks around saying... well I've got my own style .... but I did I practiced everything they did so that I could decide what is was I didn't want ."

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