The song starts in the wrong tempo. Commit to it or adjust?
Both, I think, Pol.Commit to it or adjust?
Polly, I guess the real "pro" thing is to start at the right tempo! Isn't it? Haha.just wondered what the "pro" thing is to do.
This for me too....with the addition that it also depends on how much eye contact I can make with the others. If all those subtle nods of the head or raised eyebrows are noted and understood and I can get all/most on board, then we'll (hopefully) lock in and adjust. If not, let it roll.Both, I think, Pol.
Depends on the song.
That may sound like a 'snappy answer', but it's true. Bands go to various lengths to assure that bad tempos aren't called, including having the drummer set a metronome and get mentally comfy with the tempo for a few bars before counting off. Obviously that means establishing tempos in advance, and bands will often do that.Polly, I guess the real "pro" thing is to start at the right tempo! Isn't it? Haha.
Agree with this wholeheartedly. The notion that a drummer is some kind of grunt holding down some kind or robo-mechanised thing called time just so that others can make " happy MUSIC" on top of that, is ridiculous.I see my job as the time giver. No sense in keeping the time all to myself! Give'em what they need, I'll say!
Yeah. Here are a couple of total let downs played by a bunch of screw-ups:Commit, otherwise the whole rest of the song sounds wrong and is a total let down. Otherwise you're waving a giant flag that says "We screwed up!" That's been my experience.
A great example, Wavelength. Yeah, he screwed up lol ... a pro, but he screwed up.
I love the confused look on the guitarists face when he hears the initial temp. Good to see they could have a laugh about it (after he brought it up to speed). Not a filthy glare in sight. I guess they have to contend with it a loss less then your average garage band.