Since the bass and the drums are key to the structure of most songs, and the relationship between the two instraments is importand to the overall song, I was wondering how YOUR relationship is with the ape holding the sticks. I get along great with my drummer as he is one of my better friends and I feel it helps to groove better. Try to end with a good drummer joke. I'll start with the old one and get it out of the way: How do you tell if the stage is level? Drummer is ing from both sides of the mouth.