Do you think we get to use our talent properly?

bunnybunny

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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!
 

Rob the Drummer

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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?
 

AMTJake

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Rob the Drummer":7tq43nrg said:
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?
Amen to that, this guy knows whats up.
 

Mr. Pants

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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:
 

Ajax4

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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.
"what you don't play is just as important as what you do play"
 

Deanoatc

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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.
 

screamkevin

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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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