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Old 12-31-2011, 08:42 PM
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Default The five most important things about drumming?

Hi, i wonder what you think are the five most important things in drumming.
I've noticed that the most drummers think differently about this.
Here comes the five things that i priorate: Groove, musicality, time, technique and real feelings.


What do you think? =) ps. (Sorry for my english)
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:45 PM
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By the time you start working with others, I would assume your list is already done. I take it from a business end. My number one thing is to actually get to the gig on time, set up (dressed correctly) and ready to play at the downbeat. If you can't do that one, it doesn't matter if you can do your other five things. Nobody will hire you.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:47 PM
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In no particular order:

√ Attitude
√ Dedication
√ Talent
√ Opportunity
√ Timing
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:50 PM
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In no particular order:

Personality.
Integrality.
Partnership.
Friendship.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:24 PM
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Why five things?

For me there's always been one: You've got to show up at the gig.

It applies to everything in life.

The older I get, the more astounded I become by how many people self-sabotage in such a mad variety of ways.

At least they're creative.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:29 PM
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As a drummer:
- solid time
- knowing styles/tunes
- reading
- basic snare drum facility
- basic drum set facility

As a musician:
- performance experience
- professionalism
- dedication/persistence
- networking
- love of music

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Old 12-31-2011, 09:33 PM
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sticks
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cymbals
heads
knowing how to use
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:47 PM
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I've got one, stay away from hard drugs and booze. May sound funny or preachy but it just destroys bands...and musicians.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:32 PM
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I'm not even going to mention the drumming part, that's all on you. Everybody knows you need good meter, good tempo sensibilities, facility on the instrument, and a hundred other things...if you aren't firing on all the major fronts, it ain't happening. So neither is more important than the other. They are simply the ingredients you need. But beyond that..In no particular order


1. Your actual time spent playing with others and practicing, both are necessary

2. Your attitude/work ethic

3. Your own musical sensibilities...you should have your own, hopefully well thought out, opinions about things.

4. Knowing what role you play in each particular musical situation. A lot of drummers I hear don't have much of a concept of how to support the soloists and the vocalists. They are just looking for the next place to insert a fill. That's just so wrong. They are missing an opportunity to musically help out the soloist. That's being unaware and selfish IMO.

5. DrummerWorld lol
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:15 PM
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talent
creativity
dedication
coordination
perfect practice
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Thank's for the good advices. =)

I wonder one thing. Now im play in 1 jazz big band, 1 jazz quartet, a rock band i also take drum lessons and i study in a School (it would be high school in the Usa) that have orientation in music.
So it means that i play more than 2 hours everyday with other musicians. Some days even more and i practice everyday at least one hour by my self , but the weekends i use to practice a lot more.

Now comes the question. Is that good or bad? is it too much for a 15 year old guy? Sorry if i waste your time or if i ask stupid questions. Thank's =)

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Now comes the question. Is that good or bad? is it too much for a 15 year old guy? Sorry if i waste your time or if i ask stupid questions. Thank's =)
Hi Drummer Jr

You're not asking stupid questions...

I was playing playing with 3 bands at one stage many years ago, + my own practice schedule, playing gigs on weekends and I had a day job too, so I wasn't to much at home.

It is indeed when you're living for what you like so much in life that you'll make positive progress on your instrument, so for me, it's a good thing, as long as it doesn't affect your health.

Pro drummer Simon Phillips said, in a reply to the question: "What it takes to be as good as you are?", he said: "it has to be your life" , you can hear it from the man himself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRf7...eature=related

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Old 01-01-2012, 02:13 PM
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Hi Drummer Jr

You're not asking stupid questions...

I was playing playing with 3 bands at one stage many years ago, + my own practice schedule, playing gigs on weekends and I had a day job too, so I wasn't to much at home.

It is indeed when you're living for what you like so much in life that you'll make positive progress on your instrument, so for me, it's a good thing, as long as it doesn't affect your health.

Pro drummer Simon Phillips said, in a reply to the question: "What it takes to be as good as you are?", he said: "it has to be your life" , you can hear it from the man himself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRf7...eature=related

Happy new year to you :)
Thanks so much and happy new year to you too ;)
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:17 PM
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...work ethic...
Yeah, that's it. Subscribe to the work ethic.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:19 PM
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Not necessarily the most important but what I see as the basic five needed to be functional and an asset to a band:

Dynamic control
Flow
Tempo
Reliability
Timbre.
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The 5 D's.

Dodge
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Dip
Dive
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:15 PM
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Yeah, that's it. Subscribe to the work ethic.
I would have come up with four more, but I was too lazy.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:08 PM
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The 5 D's.

Dodge
Duck
Dip
Dive
And Dodge
I like the theme here. Let me try "A":

√ Attitude
√ Attack
√ Assertive
√ Assists
√ Attention

OK, someone take the Bs.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:39 PM
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The 5 D's.

Dodge
Duck
Dip
Dive
And Dodge
BAHAHAHA!!! Got it! :D

The 5 "most important things" change over time. In the beginning, it seems that everyone puts speed on the list, and eventually they learn that control and accuracy are more important, and somewhere along the way "making the music feel good" becomes more and more important.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:38 AM
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Time, musicality, sound, groove/feel, and passion for the instrument.
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musicality
No matter what 5 things you list as important. Without this one, none of it counts for much at all IMHO.
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The 5 D's.

Dodge
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Chuck Norris approves.



My 5 cents:
Groove
Groove
Groove
Groove
Groove
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:03 AM
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1.Hitting stuff
2.Ladies
3.Women
4.Gals
5. Ummm... Lasses?

;) Hahaha, very good answers here though!
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Snare
Bass
Rack tom
Rack tom
Floor tom
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* Listening

* Grooving

* Interpreting

* Supporting

* Playing the spaces

Oh, & a guest appearance, gigging!
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RRLLR


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I like the theme here. Let me try "A":

√ Attitude
√ Attack
√ Assertive
√ Assists
√ Attention

OK, someone take the Bs.
Beats
Bronze
Bold
Bass
Babes

"C" anyone?
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:36 PM
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I'll add one that may not have been mentioned but sits near the top of my list - Fun!

If this wasn't fun, not sure how many of us would be doing it at all.... Sure it will take you up, down and sideways over time but at the end of the day, it's fun and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Beats
Bronze
Bold
Bass
Babes

"C" anyone?
√ Crash
√ Cadence
√ Center Stage
√ Control
√ Crowds

The Ds were handled. "E" next.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:53 PM
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Experience
Knowledge of equipment
Practice
Knowledge of music notation and theory
Personality
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Effort
Expertise
Elegance
Excitement
Entertainment

Fs ...
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The Five E's band...good name!

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Fs

Friendly
Finesse
Finances (get paid)
Finish strong
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Listen
Support
Humble
Swing
Watch the Bass
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Natural
Spontaneous
Feel
Technique
Passion
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Know the music.
Bring your sticks.
Show up early.
Wear the right shoes.
Try not to screw up during the important bits.
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G's
Groove
Ghost notes
Greatness
Gadd
Gigs

H's ?
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1.Melody
2.Learn how to swing
3.Learn how to tune
4.Always perform with good bass player
5.Be comfortable playing a money beat in a wide range of tempos.
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The five most important things about drumming?

1. The joy it brings you.
2. The joy it brings you.
3. The joy it brings you.
4. The joy it brings you.
5. The joy it brings you.

None of the other stuff means anything if you're not having fun doing it.
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