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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2005-08-09T12:22:05+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=1117 2005-08-09T12:22:05+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12034#p12034 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]>
Sorry I didn't see this thread sooner. Yes, lots of discussions about drummers around here, it's just spread out because there is no drumming forum.

He's really a great person to be around but his drumming really stinks.

Yup. We got one of those currently. I could write a damn book on the drummers we've had in the last 5 years-

1. Great drummer. Drunken Crackhead. Couldn't keep a proper drum kit.
2. Good drummer. Irresponsible. Only wants to gig, not practice.
3. Fair drummer. Insecure. Thinks everyone is against him.
4. Great drummer. Mercenary. Tries to downsize band to make more $.
5. Good drummer. Incredible wrists but very weak right foot.
6. Drummer #2, again. Depressed and drinking heavily now.
7. Great drummer. Mercenary. Wants more $ than any local gig pays.
8. Lousy drummer. Dependable, honest, pleasure to be around.

It seems that too often the choice is between a great guy who just can't keep up and an a**hole who can really play.

That sums it all up in one sentence.

Whoever said, "He marches to the beat of a different drum", sure knew what the hell they were talking about!

Bosco

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2005-08-07T17:30:01+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12033#p12033 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> Bobby, the old bass player.

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2005-08-07T12:42:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12032#p12032 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> fat paul<><

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2005-07-28T20:22:35+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12031#p12031 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> Tried out a drummer last night. He sailed right through about half of our song list without not much problems. Finally a pocket to put the groove in!!!!!!! Happy, Happy, Happy. Personality seems to be OK with everyone else, nice guy. He can play really well. Now for some playing time that's all I think its gonna take. He said after we get through the songs & he's comfortable, he'll sing a few himself. He saw my upright in the corner & asked if I played it much. Well, it put a smile on his face. Things are going back on track now. Got a festival a week from saturday to get ready for. Some of North Carolina regional bands, not necessarily blues, but still good music.
Atlanta Tams (60's soul group) is headline group.
Been playing bass since 1965 & still get excited to play good music with people that like each other.
Bob, I'm just an old bass player

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2005-07-26T22:00:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12030#p12030 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]>
If you've never seen Anson & Sam live you're in for a treat. Really tight band. For some reason no recordings are able to capture just how good Anson plays live. enjoy `~`

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2005-07-26T21:48:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12029#p12029 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> The drummer got in a discussion with guitar player last night.
He wasn't happy either. Didn't like everyone else in group trying to offer suggestions. 1-2-3-4 He decided to bow out gracefully. What a relief. Now, to try out drummers. Actually, I think the guitar guy has already decided on who it will be. I'll just sit back & listen/watch. Let things develop on their own. At my age (56) I am not real long on patience. My wife says she thought I had a lot of patience, but now thinks it is on the edge of stubbornness.
Oh well, some day I'll find some guys that want to play more blues.
Anyone in North Carolina? I would like to play my Upright Kay Bass more than I'm getting to play now. Patience, I know. For now I'll just hang in there with these guys & a girl. She sings really good & looks good also. Good lyric writer.
All for now, later.
Bob, the Old Bass Player
P.S. Anson Funderburk & The Rockets will be here in Aug.
with Sam Meyers.
I really look forward to seeing them. Small club atmosphere.:-)

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2005-07-21T02:47:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12028#p12028 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> Statistics: Posted by bigdaddy — Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:47 am


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2005-07-19T23:36:43+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12027#p12027 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]>
First mistake. Where is it written that a drummer automatically knows what tempo you want at any given time. Tempo changes with moods. I may be in the mood to lay something back or haul booty. That's why I count off all my tunes regardless of the drummers abilities.

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2005-07-19T23:17:13+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12026#p12026 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> 2 gigs this week & he's gone. New guy auditions next week. Notice I said auditions. The old drummer was offered the job without hearing him play. That won't happen again. I got my fingers crossed. New drummer has a good reputation & is really choppin at the bit to get started. Oh, he can also sing pretty good. That gives us 5 singers in a 5 piece group. Piano player sings & plays really good guitar also, actually a better guitar player than our guitar player. Since there were not many responses to this post originally, I guess no one has any problems with drummers.;)
Bobby, the almost happy old bass player.

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2005-07-10T12:35:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117&p=12025#p12025 <![CDATA[RE: Want to talk about Dummers?]]> >drumming really stinks. Am I just being impatient about
>this?

No, I think you're right on Bob. It seems that too often the choice is between a great guy who just can't keep up and an a**hole who can really play. In my experience, the key in Blues is that the drummer and bass must be locked in synch. That's a special combination that's very hard to find.

The fact that you choose to play Blues bass and that it matters to you is a credit to you. You deserve a drummer that can partner and play at your level. You understand your role is simple but crucial and you are only one half of a rhythm section. This kind of approach is critical to Blues, Country, Reggae....any roots music. Most bands would kill to have a bass player with your attitude. In Blues, having a good rhythm section can feel like the difference between pedalling uphill and pedalling downhill.

Find the right guy (or girl). You deserve it.

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