bignickonthedrum wrote:alwaysdrummetal wrote:they should be able to hop behind the kit and play a simple beat without ever drumming before
On that topic, I think one of the best things I ever did for my drumming was learn to play bass and gig on it occasionally. That way once I get done playing with a drummer who's either lacking or who's great to play with, I'll remember what I liked/hated about them and I can take that experience to the kit.
This is a great method! A bass player before a kit player, I developed a firm awareness of the bass early on, and it helps my drumming. Bass and drums, the anchoring definition of a rhythm section, is more appreciated when each musician directly understands both instruments and their applied roles. I often use the bass when teaching beats and variations to drummer friends, it's always fun to simultaneously be creative while helping a learning drummer explore new beats.
I think what really matters in a bass player is someone you get along with who has a total understanding of what the rhythm section's responsibility is.
Yes! Ultimately it is a relationship between these two that makes great rhythm sections, and to study the bad and good of past relationships will help any musician get better in any band situation.