Non-Drummers Playing Drums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    A member of a band who is not the drummer, but is playing drums.. I know some are thinking of Paul McCartney, and I could see both sides. He does play drums on some songs, so you can decide for yourself. I would rather see a video of a guy live, even if they aren't great, it's nice to see what they can do outside of their regular instrument.

    Preferably live video, because one can do many takes, splicing, etc., in a studio.

    David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) - 1970
     
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  2. GodShifter

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    If you’re a professional musician, you can probably play drums competently even if your main instrument is something else. Many singers started out on drums for example. Even a spare like me can muddle through tunes. It’s all about timing, feel, and hitting the changes.
     
  3. The Dark Elf

    The Dark Elf Curmudgeonly Wordwraith

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    Edgar Winter on drums. And saxophone. Oh yes, and keyboards.
     
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  4. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    The Move "Feel Too Good". Jeff Lyne on the drums.
     
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  6. Dr. Zoom

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    If I wasn’t so lazy I’d post a video of Don Henley
     
  7. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    Peter & Gordon "You've Had Better Times". Brian Jones on the drums.

     
  8. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

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    Chick Corea plays drums on some albums like Wayne Shorter's Super Nova.
     
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  9. MYQ1

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    Richard Manuel played drums on some Band tracks.
     
  10. pbuzby

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    Trey Anastasio plays drums while being lowered to the stage during Phish's NYE 2019/20 show (his platform got stuck above the stage and he had to move over to Fishman's platform).

     
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  11. sound chaser

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    Master of the axe Bill Nelson played drums on "Surreal Estate" from the Be-Bop Deluxe album "Drastic Plastic" while Simon played pots and pans from the kitchen of Chateau Saint Georges.
     
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  12. eelkiller

    eelkiller Technically right but still wrong

    Get Over it. :winkgrin:
     
  13. Kevin j

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  14. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

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    Not sure I can disagree strongly enough with this. I have known a lot of professional musicians and not many would classify themselves as competent drummers. As you say it’s about timing, feel and hitting the changes. There is a very high degree of skill that goes into making those things flow and not sound stilted.
     
  15. Strat-Mangler

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    I remember a James Hetfield VS Lars Ulrich drum battle in a concert video I saw once.
     
  16. Strat-Mangler

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    Oh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan playing drums on Empty Arms on Soul II Soul.
     
  17. MortSahlFan

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  18. MortSahlFan

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    Pictures are nice, but can you guys post the video of them actually drumming? We can't hear photos (I don't even know who that is!)
     
  19. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    But that is his instrument.
     
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  20. Dr. Zoom

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    Yes, it’s supposed to be
     
  21. jwoverho

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  22. Nycademon

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    Adrian Belew . . .

     
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  23. MrGrumpy

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    Ronnie Wood played drums on the Stones' Sleep Tonight, and Mick played them on one of the Bridges to Babylon tracks.
     
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  24. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    How about Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt playing drums with Steel Panther doing a cover of Van Halen? Steel Panther so cuss words.

     
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