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  • Today's Question: Can you think of any common misconceptions that people often have about drummers?



    I can think of a ton, but I’ll start by mentioning the ill-perceived notion that we are simply time-keepers. Our most traditional roll in a group may be to keep the time, but that is only one minute aspect of our craft.
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    • drumming is easy
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      • Quote Originally Posted by kindbeats
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        A cross-rhythm is a rhythm that uses any subdivisions (say eighth notes) and divides them into groupings that “cross” the barline. a steady stream of dotted quarters across several bars of 4/4 would be a good example.




        Cool! Makes sense.









        Quote Originally Posted by kindbeats
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        Today's Question: Can you think of any common misconceptions that people often have about drummers?




        That we are not true 'musicians'. You remember the tired old joke from the swing era, "Yeah, the band consists of 15 musicians and a drummer".
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        • Quote Originally Posted by kindbeats
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          Today's Question: Can you think of any common misconceptions that people often have about drummers?



          I can think of a ton, but I’ll start by mentioning the ill-perceived notion that we are simply time-keepers. Our most traditional roll in a group may be to keep the time, but that is only one minute aspect of our craft.




          That's the one that gets me too. No one thinks that the drummer has much of a voice in the band, or if they're even a part of the band and not some hired gun.
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          • That drumming is easy and that we aren't musicians are the two biggest. In rock we are the backbone. Take us out and all you have is noise in my opinion.
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            • That drummers don't read music...
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              • Quote Originally Posted by boomboomdrums
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                I believe there is.



                Grace Note - A note played right before another. Think of bagpipe bands and all those lower notes right before the melody note. For us, it would be the hit right before a flam, or a ruff.



                Ghost Note - The light hits on the snare in between hi hat beats. The off beat 16ths. But lighter, not bashing.




                Great sense! Thank you!
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                • For misconceptions, I'd say "drummers are stupid."



                  I say this because while I think the stereotype of drummers being unreliable, out there, substance abusers, etc is based on fact, but most drummers I've spoken with are VERY intelligent. Four limb independence, quick thinking, etc... drummers are smart. We're just prone to stupidity.
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                  • That drummers are ultimately to blame for songs being too fast or too slow, regardless of who counted it off.



                    That drummers can get on / get off the stage as fast as the guitarist can.



                    That the drums themselves are not actual musical instruments, hence it's ok to let their kids bash away without permission.



                    That all drumsets can fit into a 3' x 3' area of the venue.



                    That drummers will steal your wife/girlfriend.



                    That drummers are in charge of everything at an event, and will be able to have dinner served a half hour later than scheduled. (I've acutally had a guest come up to me and ask for more coffee!)



                    ok, that's enough for now.


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                    • Quote Originally Posted by the DW
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                      That drummers can get on / get off the stage as fast as the guitarist can.




                      The funny thing is that I can, and definitely have frequently/regularly...unfortunate reality of being in bands with verticals who end a set and then like to dilly-dally about, take part in lethargic conversations with fans at the front of the stage (when they could do so after striking gear just as easily), take an excruciatingly long time to disconnect and then slowly coil up cables, languidly wipe down their precious guitar neck (again, could be done after striking gear), etc. Myself, on the other hand...when I know I need to get gear off the stage after a set...it gets done in the blink of an eye...I let the energy momentum of the show carry me through that; if I took a breather first, I'd crash post-set and never get it done.









                      Quote Originally Posted by the DW
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                      That drummers will steal your wife/girlfriend.




                      The funny thing is that I can, and definitely have frequently/regularly...
                      For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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                      • about covers it I think.



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                        • Ray, that's hilarious. Thank you!
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                          • Quote Originally Posted by kmart
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                            The funny thing is that I can, and definitely have frequently/regularly...unfortunate reality of being in bands with verticals who end a set and then like to dilly-dally about, take part in lethargic conversations with fans at the front of the stage (when they could do so after striking gear just as easily), take an excruciatingly long time to disconnect and then slowly coil up cables, languidly wipe down their precious guitar neck (again, could be done after striking gear), etc. Myself, on the other hand...when I know I need to get gear off the stage after a set...it gets done in the blink of an eye...I let the energy momentum of the show carry me through that; if I took a breather first, I'd crash post-set and never get it done.




                            Amen to that!


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                            • Today's Question: If you could be the drummer for any one solo artist, who would it be?



                              I’m going to have to go with The Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in show biz, the one and only Mr. James Brown.
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                              • Quote Originally Posted by FitchFY
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                                Ray, that's hilarious. Thank you!




                                Your welcome. That made my day when it was sent to me. I hung it in my office.
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