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Old 01-22-2013, 09:32 PM
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Default Since we are called drummers since we hit drums...

Do people who are only playing the cowbell referred to as cowbellers?

And what about:

cymbalers
timpaniers
crashers
chimers
glockenspielers
bassers
snarers
vibraslappers
wood blockers
tam tamers (gonger)
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We seem to enjoy this train of thought based of another thread.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:49 PM
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Most of the names I'm called in public are unrepeatable...
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:26 PM
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Well, I do fancy myself to be a cymbalist.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:28 PM
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And me a flamm-er, tripleter or at very least.... a 'money beater'.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:01 PM
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Default Re: Since we are called drummers since we hit drums...

1) “Timpanist” is a pretty standard term.

2) I think that a gong and a tamtam are different instruments. I could look it up, but it would be too much effort, don’t you think?

3) I have it on good authority that the suffix “er” is borderline disparaging, compared to “ist” which is complimentary. So presumably being called “percussionist” is preferable to “drummer.” The obvious bias against us is evident in the standard terminology: “guitarist,” “bassist,” “vocalist,” but then “drummer.”
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:04 PM
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I believe I would call them percussionists, but still musicians.

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:08 AM
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They are called percussionists. Sorry Dennis didn't mean to reign on your parade.
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..................I like to bang.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:20 AM
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I've been a "Drummist" even since High School...

sounds fancy, like "pharmacist"...
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:41 AM
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And me a flamm-er, tripleter or at very least.... a 'money beater'.
For sure, beat that money like it...owes you money.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:50 AM
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2) I think that a gong and a tamtam are different instruments. I could look it up, but it would be too much effort, don’t you think?
A tam-tam is a sub-type of gong. ie a tam-tam is a gong, but a gong may not be a tam-tam.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:54 AM
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Default Re: Since we are called drummers since we hit drums...

Most of us here are technically percussionists (players of percussion instruments) but in common practical language we are drummers. Advertise yourself as a percussionist and people will think you play hand percussion rather than drum kit.

Anduin, there's also "singer" and "trumpeter" so if -er has less respectful connotations it must have stemmed from a long time ago.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:16 AM
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They are called percussionists. Sorry Denis didn't mean to reign on your parade.
You actually didn't. I believe my slight degree of sarcasm to the OP's initial post got lost somewhere in the translation, lol. l'll have to be more aggressive next time and less tongue-in-cheek. ;)

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:26 AM
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I've been a "Drummist" even since High School...

sounds fancy, like "pharmacist"...
idk, drummist sounds similar to racist. Maybe you are against drums.
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membranophonist.









uh, 20?
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Triangulator or triangulist ?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:18 AM
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A tam-tam is a sub-type of gong. ie a tam-tam is a gong, but a gong may not be a tam-tam.
They're in the same family, but I don't think one is a "sub-type" of another. Gongs are tuned, tam-tams are not. It's really that simple :-)


And for the record, I am a percussioner/drummer (I study classical and play in bands on the side). When I finish my degree (with some
additional and official drum set studies), I'm allowed to call myself a percussionist/drummist :p
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Well, I do fancy myself to be a cymbalist.

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Are you related to Stephanie Cymbalist?

I should be called a thrashist.
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Are you related to Stephanie Cymbalist?

I should be called a thrashist.
Nope, just cymbal crazy.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:08 PM
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How about "Acoustical Mylar Membranist?"

"Okay, the guitar player and bass player's here and the singer's passed out on the Marshall stack over there, but where the hell is my acoustical mylar membranist?"

Hey, I like it!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:53 PM
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I've been calling myself a "hackist" for a while now. Ya'll are behind the curve.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:59 PM
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How about "Acoustical Mylar Membranist?"

"Okay, the guitar player and bass player's here and the singer's passed out on the Marshall stack over there, but where the hell is my acoustical mylar membranist?"

Hey, I like it!
I doubt they would use that term to describe Animal on the Muppets. ;)
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:59 PM
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Didn't Stewart Copeland use the term "Rhythmatist" for a while?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:44 PM
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Triangulator or triangulist ?
Pythagoras! :)
The only 3-angle guy I can recall from
memory...

Seriously, I think -ist should be applied, as mentioned in previous posts.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:13 AM
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Default Re: Since we are called drummers since we hit drums...

Actually,If you were a conga drummer/player in a latin band.....you would be a "conguero",and if you played timbales you would be a "timbalero"..so there are specialized names.

Trap drum set players(before someone decided that they were a "kit") were said to be "on the skins or tubs".

Door to door salemen were aso called drummers.

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