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It is easy to be a bad drummer. In fact, ironically, the more adept you are at the instrument, the more chance there is that you will suck.
See, a guitar player has (usually) 132 different places to put their fingers, but they are never going to insist on touching all 132 spots during a single song. However, a drummer, oh baby, once they know that they have all those things to bing and bong and smash and thrash and thump and stomp, it’s very hard to hold them back. They really want to let you know they can hit all of them! This causes a lot of them to stink.
Truly great drummers, who must master power, discretion, invention, and restraint, are extremely rare and must be celebrated.
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Thanks for sharing. I was and will always be a huge fan of Elvis and he used to talk about how great it was working with DJ for that very reason mentioned in the article - he gave Elvis something to hang onto. Great description of the chase.
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Some wisdom, there. My process, as applied to blues soloing with a melodic instrument has always been to play everything I know over the changes, and gradually remove everything extraneous or that doesn't fit MY narrative, in the way a writer conveys essence with the fewest possible words. Drumming is more primal than that, but I still find it's the young guys playing everything they know, and older ones keeping time, making the crowd wait for it, then dropping the simplest, most perfectly sculpted fill, right when it makes the listener double up like they've been punched in the gut. Ask a sculptor how they do it, they'll say, "I take a block, then I carve away everything that's not a statue".
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