Which to you think is better, being a diverse drummer with the ability to play a wide variety of genres at a pretty-darn-good level or being super-duper at just one genre?
This is a great idea.When I was first starting out - for years (talking like High School years) - I had a section of my practice blocked off where I was flip through radio stations and make myself play along to ANYTHING that I found....country, rap, indie rock, jazz...whatever: I would let fate decide haha.
Very trueI do think though that once you get to the point of having a signature sound a feel that you start to find yourself in one genre more than others
It's more of a rotation. You can find metal drummers all over each others material. Look at Tony Laureano, Derek Roddy, Gene Hoglan, John Longstreth. All have been in numerous bands, some overlapping, because they are specialized. There are no studio metal drummers, so you seek out drummers from other bands.nobody freelances in Metal.
That wasnt very cool of Jim. Why possibly discourage the kid? Can Jim play speed metal?Before the clinic, In the crowd of kits & drummers, there was a teenager playing speed metal very well. Jim calls out this kid, compliments him and asks him to play something. He does. A fast tempo double bass flurry of metal licks. Then Jim asks him to play a samba, and gives him an example. The kid couldn’t do it. Jim asks him to play the 5/4 beat from Take Five. The kid couldn’t do it.