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Drummers have a bit of a bad rep sometimes, and this is really quite undeserved. However, we can’t help but repeat here our favourite drum related joke:
What’s the difference between a drummer and a drum machine?
You only have to punch the information into a drum machine once.
Yeah, we’re sorry. Anyway, without a drummer a band is nothing. Really. Take away the drums from any song (except for singer-songwriter acoustic stuff) and you lose the driving beat, the rhythm and to be honest the soul. If the singer is the face and looks of the band, the guitarist the fancy decoration and showing off, the bass the bridge between the rhythm and the melody, then the drummer is the soul, and the glue that holds the whole sound together.
Drums are fairly easy to play to a basic level – after all, everyone loves hitting things with sticks – but to get beyond that, to a point where you are an expert, really takes a hell of a lot of practice, far more than any showy lead guitarist need do. So, maximum respect to the drummer, and if you are one you can feel proud of yourself – they may not like to admit it, but without you they’re only half of the music. Just ease up on the drum solos, ok? NB