What is a good Drummer

by George Lawrence, AKA: DrumGuru

----- Original Message -----
From: drumguru <drumguru@home.com>
Newsgroups: rec.music.makers.percussion
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: What is a good Drummer

A good drummer knows how to do all of these things at EXACTLY the same time:

Play a solid backbeat groove while guessing correctly the beats per minute of the tempo, subdividing it by three and hearing the diametrically opposed counter rhythm/beat displacement figure that he didn't play because he has such restraint and taste, while mouthing "open the gate on the snare, my ghosted notes are not reaching the dance floor" to the soundman and smiling at the idiot guitarist while cursing him under his breath, while figuring out how many gigs he will have to play before the mortgage is paid this month, AND while contemplating whether Stephen Hawking actually explained the theory of quantum mechanics to the layman with only three mathematical equations. And all of this while fixing a fallen cymbal tilter, seducing the best looking and biggest chested blonde on the dance floor with only his eyes, telling the lead singer the words to the song, indicating the correct chord inversion to the pianist with a camouflaged obscene hand gesture, deducing the effectiveness of a seven stroke roll as opposed to a five stroke roll in the upcoming fill and finally figuring out when Coke stock is finally going to hit rock bottom so he can buy low, cash out, and quit playing with these losers.......And, oh yeah......good drummers are humble..

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