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Post Mon May 14, 2007 4:02 pm

Girl Drummers FTW! I'm female, 17, and have been drumming for 5 years. I can honestly say I can't imagine doing much else. I think the population of girl drummers is on the rise, which is awesome. Its finally good to see a few more lasses on the old throne!
I'm in an all girl band myself, and I must say, we do get a lotta people who question our abilities because of our gender. But we also get a lot of people who are supportive of what we are and what we do.
It's encouraging to see that there is a future for females, not only drummers, in the music industry, and that people are a lot more acceptive of it.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 4:02 pm

Female drummers, nothing wrong with that, i believe they can play just the same....i find it kinda hot. :D
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 4:11 pm

i do agree that maybe people here are making too big of a deal about the girl drummers, if gender doesnt matter then why give them any extra nice treatment or encouragement??? i have always wondered myself why female drummers are rare, anyone have any theories on that one? i have known a few female drummers and two of them were exactly what winds me up, jumping around going look at me im a girl n i play drums (typical rebel against men attitude). but the other was completely different, she used to get quite wound up by people being extra nice or encouraging because she was a girl she just wanted to do what she did because of the pleasure it gave her (and maybe get complimented for her actual playing ability!!!) n not because of all the attention female drummers seem to draw to themselves simply because of their sex. ive seen female drummers also get great oppertunities with their drumming simply because they were a girl and ignoring her actual level of talent on the instrument and ive been sat there thinking how i can make a list of loads of amazing young drummers who deserve that oppertunity so much more than she does. i encourage anyone who has an interest in drums n never do i treat anyone any differently because of their gender. alot of people on this forum seem to just make sure they dont say anything that might rustle a few feathers and are like girl drummers great we love girl drummers but i cant understand it i dunno i listen to the actual playing.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 4:28 pm

Im actually shocked that shit like that still happens I have been playing gigs in london now for about three years many time there are four or more bands playing on the same night so i have seen a lot of bands and a lot of drummers, female drummers are few and far between but they all hold there own. I definatly think that there should be more out there! I give credit to anyone that has the bollox (or not) to get up on stage and express them selves no matter what sex and to some extent ability! im a bloke by the way!!
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 4:42 pm

Heh, i dig chick drummers, or any girl who is part of a band, and actually takes it serious and plays. I have no problem whatsoever. like i said, if you are serious, then hell-yeah.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 5:07 pm

haha i am really small and white.... and whenever I play my set, people can't believe that it's me. I just played at the local jazz festival this weekend and when i was backstage the other artists and the soundmen kept asking me what i played and none of them believed me until i went out and did my thing...... afterwards one guy came up and was like "oh my god, amazing job" and then he shook my hand..... i love the look on guys faces when they see that i can actually play drums haha

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Post Mon May 14, 2007 5:42 pm

I know how you feel. I'm only 17 but ive been discriminated against so much. I've had to work at least twice as hard as any of the guys in band at school to prove myself. I've dealt with harrasment from them. The sad thing is, I'm better then most of them... :D
I think they feel threatened by girl drummers...I don't know why....
whenever I play, with my school band or family band, I get lots of compliments...it makes me feel good. Ive been compared to Shiela E. and Charlie Watts. Its pretty cool. But i dont do it for the glory, i do it for my love of music. its a family thing, you know? music is my life. i just with the guys would see it and leave me alone...
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 6:06 pm

I've been playing drums for 28 years now and have heard it and seen it all when it comes to people thinking I can't play because I'm female. When I started out I only remember 3 women drummers...Mo Tucker of Velvet Underground, Karen Carpenter, and Gina Shock of the Go Go's . I had to look to male influences, so I chose them wisely. Gina Krupa, Buddy Rich, Keith Moon, John Bonham,Mitch Mitchell, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, and Neil Peart were who I listened to. When I was in the 11th grade you had to be able to play Tom Sawyer lick for lick if you wanted any RESPECT.I worked on that tune for weeks before going into school to show the guys I could hang with them on the drums.
In the 80's and 90's I would always get the "That's a girl on the drums, this ought to be good !" comments & faces. Then I would play the gig and shut them up. I've always prided myself on writing drum parts that no one else would have written. Writing has always been such a high. Recently the studio owner where I was recording a demo told me that I write drum hooks. That was very gratifying to me. If you'd like to hear that demo go to www.myspace.com/seeemilypray . I'm no longer with them, but my drumming is still there. Taming Marazul is another project I recorded drums with. www.myspace.com/tamingmarazul 2 tunes- Afterglow and The Dead Will Speak were written from my drum parts.
I can offer you this advice... just let your playing speak for itself ! Don't let club owners, soundmen, the door guy, or the crowd get into your head. Just ROCK there tongues out of their mouths and keep doing what you're doing !!! The more you practice alone, and rehearse with your band, the better you'll be. Play for you and your love for the DRUMS !!!
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Post Tue May 15, 2007 5:17 am

TheRhythmest wrote:
erincubus114 wrote: I've been playing drums since 5th grade. When I played gigs with my first band, everyone thought I was just a girlfriend of somone in my band. When we went for the band check-in, I always had to argue with the club workers that I was really with the band. They're all like "I WILL see you on that stage playing tonight, right?!" I'm just like fuck you. It pisses me off. I know that there's not a lot of girl drummers. And only a few of them that are actually good but that doesn't mean people gotta put a label on ME. I do love seeing everyone's faces when I get up on stage and start playing. It's just like a big FUCK YOU. :D


Hey I say rock the hell on girl! Ive been at it for many years and most guys don't get it. think of all the Greats like Cindy Blackman ect. Hell I love watching a girl kick a dudes ass on kit and perc.
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I totally agree i don't think there's a difference if you are a woman or a man... It's stupid to think so i think my girlfriend plays drums and i'm really proud of that :D
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Post Tue May 15, 2007 1:30 pm

im a chick drummer too, and i love it. i love the sense that a guy is like "oh you knwo how to play pfft" hands me sticks and i can rip them out some afro cuban. i guess also being 17 helps there too ! but i enoy it. although i do hate chick drummers that dont aspire to do anything more than just sinple patterns.. i dont know why haha
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