10 tips from 10 great drummers
It is a few days that due to so many family commitments I dedicate less time to the practice not being able to find time and way to practice myself as I would like, but on the other hand, I was able to read many blogs, interviews, and sites in the sector.
I was very struck by an article that talked about what the battery can teach beyond music. There are some famous drummers who are very sensitive to these topics and those who had the chance to talk to them asked him.
Let’s see what came out of it:
MAKE YOUR THINGS AND FREGATENE WHAT OTHERS DO
It looks very generic and not very incisive advice, in reality, it hides a lot of calm and requires a strength that not everyone has. His advice is to not worry too much about what the people around us are doing and focus on what is best for us.
We will always find people who are better at some aspect of the drumming, there will always be those who are faster with double boxes, those who find more innovative solutions, those who are better at life and those who give their best in the studio.
You have your characteristic, study everything and not neglect anything, especially if you want to take up the profession, but rely on what you do best and don’t waste time chasing after all the qualities of others. No one can be a better version of you than you are.
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT THIS GROOVE WILL WORK?
As for advice, Benny Greb is hard to beat. Always ready, always brilliant, never banal, almost a drummer psychologist. He was asked, “How can I know that this groove I created will work when put into a musical context?”
The answer is that you really can’t know for sure. We all love to create grooves and fills that we like to hear. The important thing is not to think how hard that groove is, but to worry about what we can communicate.
The same is true when we are someone else’s teacher. Teaching a difficult groove can be a one-day challenge, but the winning path is to create a style that communicates something to the listener.
BE A PERSON WITH WHICH YOU WORK WELL AND ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS
Rich Redmond is one of the most active drummers in the United States, those who know him call him a hard worker, always ready for new challenges, actor, speaker, producer.
His secret is to always be open to new possibilities, to listen to those who propose them and not put forward a wall of previous convictions if they have not properly evaluated what they are proposing to us.
Another important thing is to put oneself in the right way towards colleagues. The right attitude is fundamental in any job but it is even more important in the world of music, where in addition to knowing how to play, you also need to be a person with whom it is easy to collaborate.
This is something I have already discussed in another article. You can find it HERE.
IT ALWAYS BRINGS RESPECT TO THE GREAT BACTERISTS OF THE PAST
Here too everything seems to be taken for granted, in reality, many very great drummers have done much more than creating grooves and accompanying great artists. Some have opened new worlds to record the drums, to approach a certain style, new ways of describing the figure of the drummer, new ways to build drums. Some have changed the way of teaching forever, they have published revolutionary methods, they have ensured that entire generations take away or add atom, etc.
Not giving all this for granted is important and remembering these things when listening to a record and not thinking that the drummer is just what the song is playing is also fundamental to our growth.