played with a Russian drummer last night

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by azureblue, Sep 19, 2021.

  1. A fill in gig, and the drummer kept pushing the tempo. Kind of like a reverse Rolling Stones - he'd speed up every time we hit the guitar solos. Like every time he played a roll around he would come out ahead of the beat. The band was clueless about it. I tried for the first set to hold him back, but the band leader told me I was dragging. Fine. Not gonna argue. Also I am not going to fill in for your band again...
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  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Speeding up to get to the end of a guitar solo faster...not entirely a bad idea, though, is it?:)
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Was his name Alexei?
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  4. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    In Russia you don't fire the drummer, the drummer fires you!
  5. dadglasser


    Oct 11, 2009
  6. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Was he was rushin' Russian drummer?
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah, as much as it can be a struggle, when you fill in, you ride along with them wherever they go (musically speaking).
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  9. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    When I drum, if I'm not using a click, I rush fills as well

    But I'm not a drummer. Just a bassist that plays drums.
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  10. Ggaa

    Ggaa Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2018
    Almost as bad as playing with a Dragon.
  11. Blues Daddy

    Blues Daddy

    Jul 1, 2016
    Over the years that I played with various different "weekend warrior" bands (non-pro), I've shared the stage with plenty of drummers that surprised me with how 'bad' their timing was . . . so I found myself sometimes playing intentionally either slightly ahead of the beat if the drummer was dragging, or slightly behind the beat if he/she was rushing. I almost always eventually just swallowed my pride and gave in to match the drummer's tempos because:
    1) the drummer was most likely NOT going to adjust their timing to match my tempo - and
    2) it's just too much work on my part to attempt to fix, save or salvage the song - and
    3) although I knew in my heart that my timing/tempo was correct, playing slightly off the beat is going to sound wrong for the song.

    One interesting drummer was a guy that played with my four piece blues band for a few shows. He sounded OK in the audition and we were kinda desperate to hire a replacement because we had a full slate of gigs scheduled. Over the next couple weeks we discovered that this drummer almost always ended up slowly changing his speed to get the song to around 90-100 bpm . . . it didn't matter whether we counted off a slow song at 60 bpm - or if we started a fast tune at 135 bpm, by the end of the second verse he'd be pushing it toward his own 'speed' . . . needless to say he was also replaced soon after that.
  12. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    So you mis-spelled rushin drummer?
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  13. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Maybe he was used to playing klezmer, crazy the way it's always ahead of the beat and sounds like speeding up but the tempo stays the same...
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  14. CryingBass

    CryingBass Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Rusian. Dragin. Both fun to drink with.
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  15. BlackVincent52


    May 26, 2021
    Everyone thinks their timing is perfect and it’s always the other guy who is off. :laugh:
  16. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Until you ask the drummer, who has an app on his kit that measures tempo in real time, where he started and where he finished. Then you (and he) know who is off.
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  17. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    also this:

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  18. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    This guy's always in time:

  19. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Never gets old!
  20. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I've heard vodka does that to a person.
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