I've never seen or heard it done very well ever.
It's pointless when they both play the same parts. It's clever I suppose but, so is playing while juggling sticks or throwing polyrhythms into parts (that don't need them).
Midnite Zephyr - lol it's always bloody guitarists with these daft ideas then they chsnge their mind!
hey atleast you're the alpha drummer!
Ya, funny how that goes, but it did force me to step it up a notch. The other guy is an awesome drummer, but he is over-the-top in some areas where the vibe of the song doesn't call for it. We're playing a gig this evening and I just spoke with the guitarist. We're gonna do the gig with one drummer after all. I'm cool either way, it just means less hassle for me. We sound just fine with my drumming. It's not really necessary.
I like the way that Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann played together in the Grateful Dead. I'm sure Bill could have done the gig himself, but the tribal element that Mickey gave it was really cool. That's who I emulated in my playing as a second drummer. Not sure if I am the Alpha drummer. I laid back a lot because I had to, but if it's done tastefully, it can be pretty awesome (at least in my mind).
I don't think flashy fills or speed defines the alpha drummer. If you're picking the right parts to play and the other guy is overplaying, I'd say you're the alpha.
And judging by the fact the band favours you, then they obvioisly think it too.
Can't put a price on taste and phrasing man!
I'd love to ha e a proper go at double drumming at somepoint, just for a laugh. It must be really hard. Two musicians used to leading, who follows who?
I knlw the answer is 'the beat' but, no-one plays perfectly in time so...
Must be tough.
As cringeworthy as it may be I've always loved Slipknots percussionists. They never do anything mindblowing and most of the time they are just re-enforcing the beat but, it's the sound.
It's not two drummers hitting the same drums, they are huge, deep drums and give Slipknot that sound.
No-one covers Slipknot songs and there's a good reason, it just sounds crap without those big drums beefing up the sound!
Great showmanship too, theybhave the freedom of having little enough to play to be able to really entertain. So they're a guilty pleasure for me.
I'm not too familiar with Slipknot. Just a couple songs. I didn't even know they have two drummers. haha. I just know of Joey Jordison.
We just got done with our gig. It was a small stage, but we made it work with two drummers. We have 3 guitarists, a bass and a keyboard player, so I think the beefier sound adds a cool extra rhythmic layer of sound to the music and really adds to it nicely. It does take a bit of practice staying in synch with another drummer, but if you ever get a chance, you should try it just for fun. It really should be another guy who is at your talent level. You have to really understand where your parts are. The other drummer in my band tends to lay back a bit during gigs, so we both get a few Alpha moments in there. I like it!
It does take a bit of practice staying in synch with another drummer, but if you ever get a chance, you should try it just for fun. It really should be another guy who is at your talent level. You have to really understand where your parts are. The other drummer in my band tends to lay back a bit during gigs, so we both get a few Alpha moments in there. I like it!
Listen to "Whippin' Post" by the Allman Brothers. In several parts, one drummer plays a slow 12/8 while the other plays a fast 3/4. Theoretically, one drummer could accomplish the same feel with accents and ghost notes. But it just wouldn't have the same texture as two different drummers playing simultaneously. That's one of the only songs that I have really noticed that there are two drummers.