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"Play it Like Ringo"

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

  1. Michael

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

    where did you hear that?
  2. Michael

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

    start a thread...
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  3. Michael

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

    Hal Blaine...The KING! of groove and fills!
  4. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    It means play to serve the song, be in the pocket, while not sounding boring like a metronome.

    Very few drummers can do this.
  5. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

    The Southeast
    Don’t hold me to this but I think it was a long ago Drummer World story.
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  6. Michael

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

    OK, thanks...
  7. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    But he also stressed that he meant it in a good way as a way of implying how creative Paul was in his simplicity.
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  8. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    Just watched Ringo’s masterclass drumming video..was hoping to find a thread like this. Ringo was great on that video, has always been a very charismatic guy and was an extraordinary asset to the Beatles and necessary balancer in the band and with their personalities. Though I was unable to make it to his last concert despite buying tickets, I had to wait for hubby to pick me up at a point trying to walk to the area …so missed his last concert unfortunately…am so very glad I saw him with all Starr band twice, first time with entwhistle, Zach, randy Bachman…second time with Todd and Toto, etc.
  9. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    Well, paul wasn’t a virtuoso pianist by any means, but he was most assuredly the best pianist in the Beatles ….though the others could certainly play it also and sometimes did….
  10. kt66brooklyn

    kt66brooklyn Senior Member

    brooklyn, ny
    No drum solos!
  11. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    Guess abbey road one counts as his main/only one…He wasn’t that type of showy drummer…
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  12. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    While recording drums, I have asked drummers to play like Ringo, Dave Clark, and Keith Moon.
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  13. CaptainFeedback1

    CaptainFeedback1 It's nothing personal.

    Oxfordshire, UK
    I'd expect that of any musician of reasonable ability...?
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  14. urasam2

    urasam2 A Famous Potato

    Kind of off-topic, but I've always wondered about Ringo and his playing a "right-handed kit" though he's left-handed. I may be missing something, but -why didn't/doesn't he just move the kit around?
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  15. aussievinyl

    aussievinyl Appreciator Of Creative Expression

    As a drummer of over 30 years, to me it means ‘play it properly’. Make it feel like there’s no other way to play it.
  16. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

    The Southeast
    I agree but I think the comment was referring like to go take a leak in the middle of a song and then come back and pick right up still in the middle of a song.
  17. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Ottawa, Canada
    Remember the poor guy who replaced Ringo on tour in '64 while he had tonsillitis?
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  18. gonz

    gonz Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ
    To wiggle your head while you play.

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  19. FJFP

    FJFP Host for the 'Mixology' Mix Differences Podcast

    Surely the very definition of being asked to 'play it like Ringo'.

    As a drummer myself, I always aspire to play it like Ringo. I spent the first two years of my drumming life basically only drumming to Beatles tracks, so he's ingrained into me.
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  20. CaptainFeedback1

    CaptainFeedback1 It's nothing personal.

    Oxfordshire, UK
    Ha, must've been a looooong song...!
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  21. Elliottmarx

    Elliottmarx Always in the mood for Burt Bacharach

    Los Angeles
    My brother has been playing drums behind me for the vast majority of our lives. I can shout out maybe the names of a dozen drummers and they are all code for one style or another.

    When I call out for Ringo, or alternately "girl group" I am expecting playing from the bridge of From Me To You.

    "I've got arms that long to hold you..."

    Boom ta ta boom ta
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  22. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    … and if the session drummer can’t get it right, he knows he could just as easily be replaced by Ringo! Talk about motivation!
  23. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    Guessing he learned on a right-handed kit and just kept going with it; much easier for McCartney to flip a guitar over and play a righty lefty than it is to rearrange an entire drum kit every time.
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  24. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Senior Member

    I call that the Mersey Beat.
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  25. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    He is a lefty and played a righty kit (for The Beatles at least), Revolution in the Head makes mention of a handful of interesting fills with this setup.

    he went along with his own inner pace, shuffled tempo at his will, hit the snare and toms with a uniqueness that you know it's him, changing his accent and strike at will

    and best of all his loping-around grooved in amazingly with his Fab Four more perfectionist bass player for my favourite group and rhythm section in pop/rock ever

    totally Ringo - Isn't it a Pity, Glass Onion
    totally not Ringo - What is Life, Back in the USSR

    He changes his snare pattern between the first two verses of Glass Onion, being himself, drummers notice when trying to imitate :D
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2021
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