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Old 05-28-2017, 08:52 AM
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what kind of drummer you are, what would you say?
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:59 AM
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I try not to answer questions like this anymore. When people ask, I just say "A handsome one".

The crux of the issue is that we often perceive ourselves and our music one way...



And others perceive us in an entirely other light.

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Old 05-28-2017, 10:35 AM
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Here is what I have learned over the past 67 years. The answer to the question should always be "I'm a very good drummer. I can play any kind of music".

That is my answer to the question no matter who is asking the question. Any other answer will get you nowhere. Of course you have to be able play well to back up your answer. 9 out of 10 people would not know a good drummer from a great drummer.

By the way Larry who is asking this question? Some guy on the street or some professional drummer?

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Old 05-28-2017, 11:12 AM
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Nobody ever asks me that question.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:19 PM
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Give me money and i'll show you..
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Old 05-28-2017, 02:47 PM
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The kind that's always striving to be better.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:08 PM
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I've been told that I'm one of those "smooth" drummers. If asked, and I never have been, I would say that I'm the kind of a drummer that plays to make the band sound good.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:39 PM
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:43 PM
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:50 PM
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By the way Larry who is asking this question? Some guy on the street or some professional drummer?

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Me. I'm asking this question. I just want to hear people describe their drumming selves as they see it.

I would never say to someone that I'm a good drummer. I have said that I can hold my own, that's about as far as I can go with that. However I would say how much I love drumming it and it's truly the highlight of my life, but that's about it. I teach my stepson drums and he is very much all about telling people how good he is at drumming. I am trying to impress upon him that's not something one says about oneself. Comments like that are something that you want people to say about you, not something you say about yourself. That's what I am trying to impress on him. The second you think you're all that, growth stops. He has much growing to do.

I'm trying to instill a little bit of humble pie in him.

Honestly, I don't really have any answer at all to my own question. The best thing I can come up with is something that Bruce Lee said..."Clear your mind...become formless, like water. When you put water in a glass, it becomes the glass. When you put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you put water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend"
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:00 PM
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Interestingly enough, I have never been asked such, however, if I were, my response would be, an aficionado.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:16 PM
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Most people don't think there are kinds of drummers....



just drummers.
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:06 PM
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I get asked what type of music i play too often for me to count (I'm a multi-instrumentalist / classically trained composer). My answer nowadays is " What do you need?" or "Anything you want." I've never been asked what type of drummer i am though i have been described as a Jazz drummer by various people (mostly after playing decidedly non-jazz gigs). I think of myself as a good drummer (and hope i actually am. the feedback seems to suggest so.)
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:38 PM
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I tell people on Craigslist, for instance, that I am mostly a rock and blues drummer with a good meter. I'd say I am a pocket drummer with good improvisation skills.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:20 PM
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If anyone asks, I'll tell them "seasoned."
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:25 PM
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I always just say that people seem to want to play with me, which is really all I find important anyway.
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:26 PM
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The kind you pay.



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Old 05-28-2017, 09:43 PM
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What Grunt said.........
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:55 PM
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I've been thinking of a meaningful answer since you posted this Larry. I've never really had anyone ask, exactly. More like, what kind of music do you like to play.

I think, if someone did ask, I'd just say let's play and you can see for yourself.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:54 PM
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I've been thinking of a meaningful answer since you posted this Larry. I've never really had anyone ask, exactly. More like, what kind of music do you like to play.

I think, if someone did ask, I'd just say let's play and you can see for yourself.
Well it's kind of purposely vague and open ended. That was the intention, a little abstract. So you can take it how you like. In hindsight, it is kind of an impossible question. And/or stupid.
People ask me what we play and since we do genre hop all night long, I usually answer that we don't do punk, metal, hip hop or rap. Anything else is fair game. Which isn't a very satisfying answer.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:13 PM
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Well it's kind of purposely vague and open ended. That was the intention, a little abstract. So you can take it how you like. In hindsight, it is kind of an impossible question. And/or stupid.
People ask me what we play and since we do genre hop all night long, I usually answer that we don't do punk, metal, hip hop or rap. Anything else is fair game. Which isn't a very satisfying answer.
Not a stupid question - it makes you think! But it is hard to answer. Perception is ever-changing. One night I had someone tell me I sounded just like John Bonham. Which was cool, but I was in a country band at the time. I guess it had to do with my big drums and open sound, but I remember thinking, I'm not sure Bonham is right for this band. lol So, I just shut up and play, and usually people like it.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:44 PM
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Me. I would never say to someone that I'm a good drummer.

I'm trying to instill a little bit of humble pie in him.
You make some good points here. Actually I can't ever remember someone asking me "how good a drummer are you?"
I don't go around telling people that I'm a good or a great drummer.
But my point was that if someone who might hire me asked me how well I play, it would not be smart for me to under rate myself.


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I think, if someone did ask, I'd just say let's play and you can see for yourself.
This is a good answer.

Another good answer is the one bermuda gave, "seasoned".


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Old 05-29-2017, 02:46 AM
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:01 AM
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Of late I've replied to questions like that by saying I'm not gigging any more, just recording instrumentals at home with a guitarist friend. That seems to satisfy.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:05 AM
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Of late I've replied to questions like that by saying I'm not gigging any more, just recording instrumentals at home with a guitarist friend. That seems to satisfy.
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Nobody seems to ask, "what kind of instrumentals?" lol
Perhaps they think it's a euphemism and don't want to pry. :)
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I'd say "Uh, not Neil Peart?" to anyone who ever asks me that question.
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I'm not a fast drummer. I'm not a slow drummer. I guess you could say that I'm a half-fast drummer.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:45 PM
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I have this shirt.



Rather tongue in cheeky. I'm probably a bit better than average but I lack a lot of skills. But I'm okay with it because I try to play for the song and just make it feel good. If they're dancing, I'm doing a good job.
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Perhaps they think it's a euphemism and don't want to pry. :)
LOL it took a moment for the penny to drop ... perish the thought! But he's one helluva guitar player :)
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I'm not a fast drummer. I'm not a slow drummer. I guess you could say that I'm a half-fast drummer.
Ah-ha-ha! I see what you did there!
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I started a thread to process my thoughts on that same question 5 years ago: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=85692

Since then I have a gigged and practiced a whole lot more and taken more lessons with a few great teachers. I can say with confidence, like I would have like to 5 years ago when asked by that hippy broad, I am an old timey drummer.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:16 AM
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Inventive, and sensitive to the music, and thats all I ever wanted to be.
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