what do you look for in a guitar player/drummer?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. For me, a flashy drummer is always nice, but I'd rather have a rock solid one that can keep everything going. Good drummers seem to make bands sound better.

    When dealing with guitar players, I usually try look for very versatile ones that like to experiment with strange sounds... basically Johnny Greenwoods :D
  2. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    for guitar i like to see 'feel', sensitivity, and originality. good technique helps achieve these things...

    for drums i definitely look for technique. i'm a drummer myself (almost more of one than a bass player, really), and i hate seeing drummers who can't do an open roll. i don't really like crash/bash players. i look for accuracy, crazy (yet appropriately placed) rhythms, innovative parts, and willingness to go out on a limb in a solo. waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy out on a limb. :)
  3. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I like a drummer who has an interesting groove and a guitarist who is comfortable with himself enough not to spoil it. :)
  4. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    I like a drummer whos beats dont all sound the same and that can play many different styles.

    I like a guitarist that realizes that bass can be a lead instrument.
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I look for someone I can get along with. Everything else is second. I don't care how good he/she is, if they're an ass, I don't wanna play w/them. :)
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  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I look for someone who doesn't immiediatly strike me as a wanker (which, when playing metal, can get hard...). After that, I look for:

    Well, I'm bassically looking for Tool, Mudvayne, System of a Down, and Fear Factory, really.
  7. One word- Intelligence
    It is hard to have a guitar player and drummer who dont think things out logically. Our drummer will say something stupid and then claim that we confused him. In a guitar player I just want someone who doesnt write out his solos, and is willing to play good music.
  8. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I like a solid, reliable drummer. More of a time-keeper kinda guy than a solo-at-the-end-of-every-song kinda guy. Bill Ward is a perfect example of what I would like in a drummer.

    For a guitarist, I would like to find someone that not only knows what to play and when to play it, but he (more importantly) knows when not to play.
  9. basically either a joey jordinson (if i want to play fast, heavy music) or danny carrey (for the full-on toolness) lol....

    guitarist? someone who isnt a simple, power/bar chord player....an experimentalist who can be heavy as f*ck or as spaced out and trippy as adam jones
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I look for someone who is stable, employed and has a sense of humor. :D
  11. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    The drummer needs to be able to play in time - no point being flashy if they cannot keep time. The ability to be flexible and have a huge range of different rhythm styles is a must too - from rock beats to complex time signatures.

    The guitarist needs to be technically very good - and musically very open minded, with excellent improvisational skills, and know how to construct unusual chords as well as solo in a tasteful manner.

    I currently have both in my band... well, almost. ;)
  12. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    Listen to the consistentcy of the kick drum.
    If it ain't consistent and 'play-able', you need to
    find another drummer. He's hurting your sound.