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How I play drums solos Part 1.
Posted On 01/05/2012 23:24:03 by Carthage
This blog is about how I play drums solos and my views on making it all happen (and other stuff).

I first became aware of these animals when I first started listening to jazz. Rock n' roll and other kinds of music didn't have drum solos, and still don't mostly. It was possible to watch a solo in a club were the audience was cool, but on the radio, forget it.

For a time in the late 60's and early 70's there were a few rock bands that played some great music along with great drum solos. For example: Cream, James Gang, Grand Funk, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Vanilla Fudge, Hendrix, Derek and the Dominos, and so on. Later, the torch was mostly passed on to heavy metal bands since those early kinds of ass-kicking bands died out. So, if you wanted ass-kicking music and drumming in rock, you had to go to heavy metal. That's where in rock n' roll most of all the really great musicians went.

Before that, it was jazz.
I listened to jazz and grew up listening to the likes of Max Roach, Athur Tayor, Art Blakey, Shelly Manne, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Morello, Danny Richmond, Elvin Jones, and many others. (I also listened to the radio and early rock n' roll.) Although these drummers were all different, there was one thing they all had in common, and that was they all played drum solos. So, I grew up believing that drummers had to play drum solos, since all the drummers I listened to played them.

I had learned how to hold the sticks and had basic lessons in reading and whatnot, but the only time I had ever sat on a drum set, my teacher kicked me off and told me that I couldn't play them. So, when I finally got around to trying to play a set, I had to sneak some drums home from the high school band and set them up in a makeshift drum set. I got the cymbals from the crash cymbals and took off the handles and used them on makeshift stands. Then I just tried copying the drum solos on the records and played until I was physically unable to continue each time I played.

I also had to put blankets on all the drums to muffle the sounds. I played like that as much as possible, not knowing what I was doing but doing it anyway. In that way more or less I've been teaching myself how to play drum solos and the drum set all my life. Simply put, I listened to everyone I could and tried to copy them the best I could. End of part 1.

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