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Old 05-06-2010, 10:26 PM
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Default Ringo's drumming: Strawberry Fields Forever vs. A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life is my #1 fav Beatles song... But I think Ringo's better drumming of the two is Strawberry Fields Forever.

A Day In The Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfrvY8zAL4A


Strawberry Fields Forever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9s1I1TZqJg

Some nice quotes of Ringo talking about his drumming:

What makes a great drum part?

"The fill is the art of the drummer, that happens in the moment. That’s always been the way with me. I can’t think about it. I don’t play drum parts. I have no idea how it’s gonna turn out. I don’t say, “Oh, 16 bars in I’ll do that.” I have no idea at all what I’m going to do, it just happens.

Your drum work was not only tight but could be very adventurous. The ending of “Strawberry Fields” showcases some wild off-the-wall tribal drumming. Was that work you enjoyed as well?

RS: You know, what you’re talking about just happens. There was no plan for that. I can play basic patterns, and the freedom is the fills. To move it to where you can put it in a different space as a drummer, especially with The Beatles only came at the end, because the songs were so set up that there was two verses, a chorus, a verse, a middle eight and a chorus and something like that. Then at the end we’d all be allowed to blow our tops, which we did. And we still did that under three minutes (laughs).

Source: Goldmine Magazine May 2008
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