Ok, I know the subject of this post is going to start a lot of jokes about drummers but I have a serious question. The drummer in my church has this style of playing that makes things very difficult for me. Our previous drummer had the same style and he is the one who taught our current drummer how to play. As far as timing goes he plays just fine and he keeps things simple when he plays (not a bunch of fills). However, whenever we are playing a fairly fast moving song he plays this beat that just ruins me. I can't do anything with it. It seems like he keeps all of the snare and kick hits real close together and leaves long streches in between with no kick drum. For some reason this really screws me up. It's like there is nothing for me to anchor onto during most of the measure. If I was playing some kind of funk line it might work fine but for hymns it just doesn't seem to work. Is this my problem? Am I just not a cleaver enough bass player to make it work? Or, is this a case where I can just say "hey man, that beat is just isn't appropriate for these songs"?