Raise your hand if you are also a drummer.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Calaverasgrande, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. I guess it is time to come out of the closet. I also play drums. I actually started on drums and migrated to bass. But drums are too fun to ever give up.
    Any other bassists/drummers out here?
  2. I would have loved to learn. I did start out on them when I was a child but I never got any where other than a simple boom boom clap beat.
  3. oh yay I'm in the sticks now....
  4. heb9_28


    Jul 1, 2009
    ...I play the cajon. Does that count? I love it.
  5. I used to be a really good drummer. The band I was in opened for UFO and April Wine in 1980, Omaha Ne.

    Then my then wife insisted I pick, family or band. I picked family, sold my stuff and never touched a drumstick until my son (I raised after divorce) turned 12 and had the gift. He is 30 now and gigs regularly with three bands.

    I considered starting again but broke everything below my knees in an accident at work. Thirty surgeries later, bass seemed natural since I had one in 1975 for awhile.

    I'm still WAY better at drums, but won't be as soon as one of these is lopped off.:D
  6. I played drums for 40 years before a failed surgery for metacarpol problems stopped me from playing.

    I can play bass with my wrist braces on, though I had to adjust my playing position to accommodate the odd angle my left thumb is now in.
    Since I learned to play that way from the beginning, it hasn't held me back much; no slapping, but I personally don't care for it, so no real loss to me. :ninja:
  7. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I just bought a set of drums to learn on from Craigslist. It's quite a humbling experience to know great drum beats in your head but have no idea how to play them!
  8. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    I played drums from age 10 on.

    With drums I can play what I hear in my head.
    I have never been able to do that with any other instrument I've taken up since.
    Does not stop me from trying, however.
  9. I second that, only I hear great bass lines.. and cant play them..

  10. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    In my head, I am Tomas Haake. In reality, I am Peter Criss.
  11. I wonder, is there a talkbass for drummers? Talk-drums?
    Gettign back into playing drums again after a 10 year hiatus (it's hard to have a place to keep drums!).
    Trying to educate myself about brands and stuff. A lot has changed in the last couple decades.
    Seems like all of the brands are made in China now and some drummers actually LIKE Paiste?
  12. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
    I own a drum set, and I enjoy hitting it with sticks, but I wouldn't call myself a drummer by any means.
  13. dalahorse


    Apr 14, 2010
    I took up the drums at age 12 and still play them 24 years later.
  14. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    My father is a drummer (a great one, by the way!), so i know a thing or two about the instrument...
  15. Been drumming for the last 39 years. Man it sure got my right hand together. I totally get Jaco's right hand because of it.
  16. I am not a drummer proper. I did learn the fundamentals of drums and can play some straightforward, basics 4/4 beats on an actual drum set at slow to moderate tempos.

    But I didn't learn with the intent of being a drummer, just to understand that role better, as well as understand how to program better drum beats when I record.
  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I've never been a drummer in a band, but I've always had the bandroom at my house over the years, and I also have a home studio.

    It just made sense pretty early on to learn how to play, so I practiced on my drummer's kit between practices, mostly to learn what can actually be played by a real drummer so I could properly program a drum machine for recording.

    Somewhere along the line I got pretty good at it. And it definitely effected my basslines.
  18. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Played drums for 15 years before picking up a bass. Now I must admit, I've neglected the tubs for quite awhile. I'm just having too much fun with the bass and I want to get good at it. Drums haven't been interesting me so much these days. :bassist:
  19. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I also started on drums (about 7 years ago). Was actively gigging in working bands after about 2 years. Then started learning bass about 3 years (?) ago.

    I guess I should really say I started on trombone when I was about 10 and played that in school bands up until I got out of college. Then played nothing for almost 20 years. :(
  20. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I found a Tama Swingstar set in a dumpster a few years ago in excellent condition. I refurbed it and started a band with me as the drummer. It was total low-I.Q. punk and I loved it. I recently made some cymbal upgrades and started working to improve my technique.