Do you think we get to use our talent properly?

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Post Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:26 am

When you listen to modern music, do you find that the drummer's part is always a little basic, and never gets a chance to play many chops etc. It seems the most famous songs are basically simple 4/4. Let's talk!
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Post Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:04 am

It takes a good deal of talent to do simple stuff properly! Don't think it's no talent because it's a simple meter. Good players have a way of utilizing thier chops without it being over-bearing. Just listen to Steve Gadd or Josh Freese. They groove and also have excellent chops!

Don't forget, companies are trying to sell this stuff to the average person. The average person wants to be able to groove. Over-playing doesn't groove. That's why if you want the solo stuff, you gotta look in a different market.

Also did you ever notice that drummers get solos at concerts?
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Post Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:30 pm

Rob the Drummer wrote:It takes a good deal of talent to do simple stuff properly! Don't think it's no talent because it's a simple meter. Good players have a way of utilizing thier chops without it being over-bearing. Just listen to Steve Gadd or Josh Freese. They groove and also have excellent chops!

Don't forget, companies are trying to sell this stuff to the average person. The average person wants to be able to groove. Over-playing doesn't groove. That's why if you want the solo stuff, you gotta look in a different market.

Also did you ever notice that drummers get solos at concerts?


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Post Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:33 am

I'm lucky enough to get the best of both worlds in my band...so I have no complaints about my relegated place in the music world. :lol:
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Post Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:20 am

i also get a chance to utilise what i can do in my band, but sometimes its just as hard to keep a fluid, funky two and four without throwing in blinding chops in every second bar.
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Post Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:57 pm

Simple Sells, More is not always better. Save it for a drum solo, or the right part in a song. It all has a specific place. Fills, and chops have to be placed in the correct spot.
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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:44 am

Here's something to consider: The cats that play the jaw dropping stuff in clinics that we tend to gravitate towards; Lang, Royster, ect...

The vast majority play simple pop to pay the bills. No huge chops, just groove. I love watching Thomas Lang play, but it always strikes me that he'll tease a funky groove, then just blast out for 10 minutes with chops stuff. Sometimes it makes me wonder if he can sit and play a groove for 30 minutes with no fills.
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Post Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:01 am

Lang can, but he does that to pay the bills, his passion is the flashy stuff.
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Post Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:22 pm

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