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Characteristics of a great drummer...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by shadven, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. shadven


    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    The best bands I have played in have had a great drummer. A drummer who is the orchestra leader... the conductor from behind the drums. Of course everyone needs to have the arrangements down, but the drummer is the one leading the charge and driving the band. When the bridge is coming up or the ending, the drummer lets everyone know. A great drummer plays with confidence and knows how to push the beat, play behind the beat and play on the beat.
    A drummer can have great chops, have all their rudiments down, can play a solid solo, but if the confidence and song structure is not ingrained, the song will never become magical.
  2. punkjazzben

    punkjazzben Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I agree with the things you've said.

    Something I really appreciate is a drummer who uses consistent kick drum patterns. This may seem trivial, but I used to play with a drummer who would change the kick patterns throughout the song (e.g. plays Chorus 1 one way, Chorus 2 a slightly different way), or would use one pattern for a song at one gig, then change it the next gig.

    I suppose that comes down to chops and consistency, but I just find when it's the kick drum specifically it is really hard to lock in and find a groove on some songs.
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  4. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    Great drumming.
  5. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    That is the truth. I can't stand that.
  6. shadven


    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Absolutely. Consistent kick drum pattern for sure.
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Check out the guy in my sig.
  8. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    The Ability to count to four in the same cadence.

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