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Title: How I play drums solos part 5
Tags: Drum Solos
Blog Entry: Out of the fusion drummers, I particularly like (besides Tony) Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, and Dennis Chambers. They each play different and have unique styles of soloing. I have of course listened to all the others, but these and the ones mentioned earlier are the ones that influenced me the most. You can always pick up something from almost any drummer because every drummer has some special lick or trick they do. So, I do believe in listening to anyone and everyone I can, and if I hear or see something I like, I borrow (steal)it and add it to my bag of tricks. This is a good time to talk about getting ideas. No one just sits down in the beginning and starts playing mind blowing solos. Everyone has to learn from someone. You learn by listening, watching, and copying everything you can. Even Buddy Rich copied other drummers. He just improved on what he learned and made it into his own style. You have to copy and keep copying until you can turn everything you have learned into your own and put your personality into it. Then you start creating and making new things. But, you have to have a base to work from. That brings us to chops. The ability to play what you hear or see or want to play from what is inside you. The more chops you have, the more you can play. You get chops only one way, and that is from practicing. Of course it must be understood that you have to practice correctly otherwise you get real good at doing something wrong. This brings us to what and how to practice. There are all kinds of stories about people becoming great and never having any lessons. That's crap. Everyone who ever played had some lessons of some kind or another. Buddy Rich's father taught him rudiments. When you watch someone play, you are getting a lesson. People are referring to actually not having a teacher show every little detail when they talk like that. All things being equal, the more help you get, the better you are going to be. But, you have to be the one to practice. Using books is what I would consider one of the musts of drumming if you really want to be great. There are some excellent instuctional books in the "drum books" section of the drum library here at DSA. The three books I would recommend for someone wanting to be a master of the sticks would be: 1. Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone 2. Syncopation by Ted Reed 3. Accent on Accents by Elliot Fine and Marvin Dahlgren There are other great books listed there, but these will get you good quick. That is if you practice diligently. You can use these books in many ways with only your imagination as a limitation. OK. So now you have someone to listen to, some books to practice with, and maybe even a teacher to help, and you practice. What then? End of part 5