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"Play it Like Ringo"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by wondergrape, Aug 27, 2021.

  1. wondergrape

    wondergrape Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Most everyone in a rock band has said this to their drummer at one time or another.

    What do you have in mind when you say it?
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  2. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    Play more like Charlie Watts
  3. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    To drum like Ringo you need to use your non-dominant arm. Kind of a tall order.
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  4. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    I absolutely never said that. However I did say 'play it more like Keith Moon' more times than I can remember.
  5. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    In my band it was play it like Charlie Watts or Moe Tucker. In other words, don't try to be Keith Moon.
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  6. Avenging Robot

    Avenging Robot Senior Member

    Play it like Moulty.
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  7. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

  8. What's great about Lennon saying this to the session drummer(s) is that he knew what he wanted and he\they knew what he meant.
  9. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Serve the song. Which is also what Charlie did. But that said, there are many different types and styles of songs. It's really a matter of perfectly serving the song in accordance to the given style. Many great drummers did and do that. But to say, "play it like Ringo", you'd be dealing with a song that has a Pop/Rock feel. So play it like Ringo....be creative but keep it straightforward and supportive (i.e., don't take over).
  10. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident

    Two words: pragmatic and creative.
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  11. Lownote30

    Lownote30 Bass Clef Addict

    Nashville, TN, USA
    Give me a good back beat. That's what it means to me.
  12. dylankicks

    dylankicks Forum Resident

    Oshkosh, WI
    Fantastic time keeping with creative and perfectly executed fills at just the right time. Amazing drummer!
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  13. Frangox

    Frangox Well-Known Member

    Drummers, and I have been one for over fifty years, need one thing to be a good drummer....more than chops...more than show......that one thing is to LISTEN to the band. Charlie Watts did that...Ringo did that.....they both are not technically the greatest drummers but the one thing they both had in common was the ability to LISTEN TO THE BAND....you can't teach that!
  14. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

    The Southeast
    I think I've heard it said that Ringo could be playing, go take a piss, and come back and sit down and pick up exactly where he left off, 100 out of 100 times.
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    Mal Phorum Physicist

  16. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    John's also said, "play it like Paul". Kinda makes you think.....why didn't he just keep the his old band together.....
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  17. Cimrya Deal

    Cimrya Deal Forum Resident

    I've said this countless times. For me it means 'stop being a showoff, serve the song, not your ego'
  18. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    Since I only play the air drums I have a wide variety of different styles.
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  19. roverb

    roverb Forum Resident

    603 - LFOD
    keep it simple mate, and don't play to loud. btw, have you ever heard to Sodor Island?
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  20. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    Saw him in 65 opening for the Dave Clark 5 although I don't remember much.
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  21. Liam Brown

    Liam Brown Forum Resident

    The time I said that I wanted the drummer to play fills on a verse like Ringo did on the verses on A Day in the Life
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  22. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    He also said for a piano bit, it was Paul it has to be easy. I think Come Together rehearsal.
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  23. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Yes, exactly.

    Most of the guys that played on “hit” songs knew that it wasn’t time to go all Buddy Rich or Neal Peart at a recording session.

    Ringo, Charlie, Al Jackson, Clyde Stubblefeld, Steve Gadd, Hal Blaine, Bobby Graham and on and on established whatever groove and fills were needed that moved the song along being recorded, not showcased their technique.

    There are other kinds of bands of course where technique and soloing are part of the gig.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2021
  24. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    He wants the drummers to play like Ringo, the bass players to play like Paul and he uses George throughout the Imagine album. Go figure.
  25. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    lots of Cymbal...
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