That is a VERY insightful answer...
I'll resist being silly and say that an advanced drummer/musician/artist is someone who can say what he wants to say, and how he wants to say it without feeling limited or ill equipped in any way.
Its as simple as that. Everyone else is intermediate or on their way, or whatever you want to call it.
Beethoven and Philip Glass were both advanced musicians. One was deaf could play millions of notes, the other heard tons of music and then played nothing.
I like this one. So many points I agree with here I'm better served simply highlighting it as opposed to just rewriting it with my own words.Difficult definitions to nail down but an interesting question. Define advanced? In what? Without getting into micro explanations, I'd say an intermediate player has broadly mastered the basics and can be considered as a well rounded player. I think an advanced player can be considered as someone who excels at one or more elements / skills of the drumming craft. That doesn't necessarily mean chops or technical ability. It can (and should) include feel, dynamics, musicality, interpretation, specific genre, etc. I consider many players with mediocre chops to be advanced players when they display supreme ability in other areas of playing.
I like the idea of categories, even though it's only loosely applicable and highly subjective. I nearly posted my own earlier, it went something like this:my response here is totally for fun. this was something i thought of today and I came up with a silly little scaling system
all of ths is subjective but ill give possible examples to clarify the numbers (don't hate me, its just an example off the top of my head)
1 to 10
1 = literally just picked up the sticks
2 = can play a beat or two
3 = can play in a band
4 = can play a good beat finally
5 = can play well in a at least one style and able to improvise comfortably at a basic level
6 = can play well in a variety of styles and be quick to adapt suitably to musical changes
7 = highly skilled session and professional worker (thousands of great unknown players)
8 = considered one of the best in the field (something like vinny/jojo/dennis/gadd/etc)
9 = best drummer in the world at this time (one of vinny/jojo/dennis/gadd/etc)
10 = best drummer anywhere ever until this point (joey jordison)
ok the last one is a joke...
and i gave this all of three minutes thought... so enjoy!!