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#1
how do they stand in a band in the sense of importance.

a lot of my friends think that drummers are just people that play drums cuz they cant play any other instrument, but i think that they are just as important as the guitarrists, as long as they are alright.

what do you guys think?
#2
Drums basically keep the band together and timed right. Whenever I practice with my band as opposed to myself or just my bassist, it's a lot easier and sounds a hell of a lot better.
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#3
Drummers keep the beat and the rhythm. Simple as that.
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#4
I drums.

I like drummers that are good at drumming.

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Drummers keep the beat and the rhythm. Simple as that.
Bullshit.
#5
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Drummers enhance the beat and the rhythm. Simple as that.

Fixed.

Without a drummer, your music is going to sound like unplugged garbage. Nothing wrong with that, unless your play with an electric guitar. Drummers are 50% of the band IMO.


Another thing is that drums are pretty hard to play well. Anyone can learn the beginners beat, but it takes someone with true skill to play more of the advanced stuff.
#6
I think alot of people talk smack about drummers, not lknowing EXACTLY how much skill, coordination and talent is required to play them.
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#7
As much as i joke about drummers, they really are important in a band.
#8
in rock, they're the most important people.

in ... bluegrass. they don't exist.
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in rock, they're the most important people.

in ... bluegrass. they don't exist.
Pshh.. Bluegrass shouldn't exist .
#13
A great drummer can add an orchestra's worth to the overall sound of a band's music. A ****ty drummer can totally ruin an otherwise good performance. In rock and roll a good drummer is key.
#14
Bass and drums hold the band together.
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#15
Drums are what make songs interesting, it gives a beat you can headbang, nod, kung fu, or simply moan in higher understanding to. Drums, like it or not, are the most important aspect to modern music, next to a melody.
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#16
They are the least important instrument in teh worldz!!1
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#17
there just as important as the other band members

take away a drummer, and the music isn't the same.
take away a guitarist, and the music isn't the same.
take a away a singer, and the music isn't the same.
take away a bassist, and you have more room in the car now.


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#18
drums are absolutely necessary not just to keep the rest of the band together, but also to add to the music. they're part of the band too!
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I think alot of people talk smack about drummers, not knowing EXACTLY how much skill, coordination and talent is required to play them.

Exactly!
That's what I was thinking coming into this thread.
#20
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Exactly!
That's what I was thinking coming into this thread.
Screw the talent needed to play them - people underestimate how much they contribute to the sound.
#21
Bad drummer= bad band.
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#22
i know what ur tring to say,this is also like alot of bass players who changed over from guitar,like there ok but they dont give u that feeling and most of them use pick whitch is bull**** if u ask me.
#23
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in rock, they're the most important people.

in ... bluegrass. they don't exist.

not true, lots of bluegrass bands will at least have a snare
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#24
The drummer in our band is sheer awesome. I think with most drummers, give them time and they'll blossom. But if they're stuck in a pop-punk band playing just high-hats and snare combos with the odd cymbal smash, they aint gonna go nowhere fast.
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there just as important as the other band members

take away a drummer, and the music isn't the same.
take away a guitarist, and the music isn't the same.
take a away a singer, and the music isn't the same.
take away a bassist, and you have more room in the car now.


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Dude, a good bassist is just as important as a drummer and far more important than a guitarist.
#26
Not many bands can pull off drumless stuff. Certainly not electric bands. They can't match the percussiveness of an acoustic guitar.

Basically, without a drummer, almost any electric band will sound like crap.

Drums are the biggest source of rhythm for the music. They provide the heartbeat, giving the music machine its life.

Drums are essential.

Plus, who doesn't like a kick-ass drum fill/line/solo?

And drummers CAN play instruments, that's a common idiotic myth. In fact, they often have the best ability to read note timing, as it's SO essential to their craft.

So, all in all, drummers own.
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#27
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Dude, a good bassist is just as important as a drummer and far more important than a guitarist.

someone's a bassist.
i think he realizes that, he was just attempting to be funny.
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Dude, a good bassist is just as important as a drummer and far more important than a guitarist.
Yeah because everyone listens to bands to hear the grunge of the bass and the insane bass solos.
#29
it's a lot harder to play solos on drums though (unless youre neil pert).
but assuming none of us are, bass, guitar, and vocals are a lot easier to solo with and your flaws arent always as noticeable as they are on drums.
that being said, however, i think all parts of the band are equally necessary, but its all about how you make each individual sound that gives their importance to the band.

btw i play drums,guitar,bass,piano,trumpet,sax,and clarinet. i also am minoring in music/music education, so i know a thing or two about music.
everything seems to fall back on the drummer when playing songs.
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#31
Quote by powerchord9988
how do they stand in a band in the sense of importance.

a lot of my friends think that drummers are just people that play drums cuz they cant play any other instrument, but i think that they are just as important as the guitarrists, as long as they are alright.

what do you guys think?

Drummers are the foundations and back bone of a band. Especially very good drummers.
#32
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someone's a bassist.
i think he realizes that, he was just attempting to be funny.
As far as I'm concerned, they're the same goddamn thing, anyway.
#33
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Yeah because everyone listens to bands to hear the grunge of the bass and the insane bass solos.


Well, I'm a Who fan, so I do.

And yeah, I knew he was joking.
#34
Quote by lo_jack
Dude, a good bassist is just as important as a drummer and far more important than a guitarist.



I know, I know, I used to play bass. I was terrible at it, which is why I don't like the instrument (although i have tremendous respect for people who DO know how to play it well). I wouldn't go as far as saying its MORE important than a guitarist, though
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Dude, a good bassist is just as important as a drummer and far more important than a guitarist.



A bassists is not far more important than a guitarist, they're important, but they can not make up for a poor guitarist.


Drummers are probably the most important part of a band's sound, and if you don't realize that you need to listen to more music.
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Bass and drums hold the band together.


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EDIT:
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Drummers keep the beat and the rhythm. Simple as that.
Bullshit.

I'm sure he meant to say that's their job, and it's important.

However, as we've all seen, they can do fuckloads more while keeping that job done.
#39
They're only important if they can keep a steady tempo.
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A bassists is not far more important than a guitarist, they're important, but they can not make up for a poor guitarist.


Drummers are probably the most important part of a band's sound, and if you don't realize that you need to listen to more music.


They can't necessarily make up for a poor guitarist (you can't really make up for any poor musicians) but a bass can carry a melody with such a richer, fuller sound than so many of the hackneyed, lame guitar tones sooo many guitarists use these days.
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