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

    captainpabst Guest

    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
    I like a drummer who has an interesting groove and a guitarist who is comfortable with himself enough not to spoil it. :)
  4. melvin

    melvin Guest

    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
    Portland, OR
    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. slipknot229

    slipknot229 Guest

    Apr 1, 2000
    inside your head...
    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 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

    BWB Supporting Member

    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.