Well, let me explain this to you. I'm in a band for 3 years now (which isn't doing that great lately, more on this might follow)..anyway, we have a rather talented drummer, but there is a problem. We have a rather small rehearsal room, maybe 15ft on 15ft (5 meter on 5?), and its all stone, lots of resonace indeed. Fact is that we have decided to jam alot more then we used to do (wether or not this is working out I still have to see), but our drummer doesn't seem to be able to drum in a quiet way...you know, if we'd rehearsal without earplugs I'd be deaf already...because of the loud drum volume the gee-tars and the bass have to go up too, resolving in us playing very very loud. Now, you can see, this isn't very helpfull for the bands communication...everytime we remark this he says that it is impossible to play silent. another problem is that this drummer is a real "strekendrummer" as called in dutch, meaning he is always playing some kind of showy drum part, without seeming to know that music occasionaly needs a simple beat to be good... Anyway, what do you think, especially on the first part of the post, personaly I think the "I think it is impossible to play silent" comment is a load of Bull****, sorry but I've played with various drummers (including a very talented one) and they were all able to put a hold on their drumming, so why can't he?