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Old 03-21-2019, 07:07 PM
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It takes a LOT more skill to carry a roomful of mediocre players, than to simply enjoy playing with really good ones.
It takes a different set of skills, but certainly not "more" skills.

In fact, other skills are going to deteriorate if you're putting all your effort into being the conductor/metronome for beginner-to-intermediate players.

To answer the original question, I think it's all about compatibility. I might be a far weaker player than the others, but fit in nicely. I might be a stronger player than the others, but be the weak link because I just don't fit in.

As Fess said, I don't have any choice because I'm always the weakest member. I can't carry a tune. I can't harmonize.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:32 PM
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I have often heard that a good drummer can make a bad band sound good and a bad drummer make a good band sound bad.
I have also heard however that it is a good idea for drummers to play with more advanced musicians so as to improve, so there probably is no correct answer except the one that fits you. For me; I would prefer to play with musicians better than me; it is to my experience; less of a headache.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:40 PM
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Right now where I am with my abilities, I don't like to compare myself to other member's chops. As long as everyone does their homework and is focussed, it doesn't matter where they are musically. Some will have better or worse performances/practices. The situation gets bad when we each stops growing. Each member will likely grow at different rates.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:53 PM
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Id rather be the worst. But not THAT much worse.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:16 PM
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I am NOT all that on a drum set, but I am far from terrible. So I would rather be the worst player in the band, which would mean we have a very good band.
I'm with you. Being the WORST player in the band doesn't mean you're BAD at all.

I can only control my own playing so if I'm playing with musicians who are better than me then we're definitely a pretty good unit. I've been in a few bands where I was the most advanced player and it was frustrating.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:15 PM
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If I'm the worst player in the band and they are willing to play with me, I'm happy to be that guy. I'll always be trying to do my best, and working to make the overall product better.
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