I've seen a few videos lately of guys doing these Youtube drum covers. I know it's a big thing now. With less and less places to play, putting videos of yourself on Youtube is becoming a popular way of getting yourself out there as a drummer. One of the things that struck me as I watched these guys, was how hard they were playing. One guy was so out of breath after one song, that he could barely talk afterwards. I wondered to myself how he could play a whole 45 minute to two hour set like that. Then I realized that he probably doesn't. He does one cover at a time by himself in his practice space and then puts up the video somewhere. Since he is just playing by himself, he doesn't have to worry about overpowering the band or the room. I then started wondering about young drummers who watch these videos and think that is the way you are supposed to play the drums. It's a problem in churches, and the reason so many of them use shields and booths. Kids watch these videos of guys beating the crap out of their drums on Youtube. They see players in football stadium sized churches playing as loud as they want and then they come into smaller venues and continue to play that way. Churches then feed the problem by putting them in isolation booths to make up for the fact that they are playing so hard. Other music styles are the same way. They go to concerts or watch videos of guys playing as hard as they can. The young drummers then get up on stage and start bash riding the crap out of the cymbals, which is what they see drummers doing on Youtube, and think thats Ok. I then have to go into my cranky old man speech, and tell them to keep it down. Suggest alternate sound sources for the bash riding, all the while getting the, whatever old man, eye roll. There is never any real life playing situation where I could play that hard and get away with it. Maybe it's just the styles and venues I play, but the bands I play with are never told to play anything but softer. And I don't really hit that hard. My sticks last months and my heads last years. These kids say they are going through sticks every few songs. I don't think I could hit that hard if I tried. It's a skill I've never needed to develop. Where outside of stadiums can you play that hard? I've though about trying to learn to play harder, but then I think why? When would I ever need to play that way? I guess I'm just wondering how many drummers get to play that way in the real world?