Drummers Are Smarter Than Other Musicians, Study Finds

They also make everyone around them smarter, go figure.

logo
Ultimate Guitar
12

Despite their reputation, drummers were recently named the smartest members of the musical community, even capable of spreading their smartness on the environment.

As PolyMic reports, the skin-bashers possess innate problem-solving skills and can make a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Researchers from Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet have found that after playing a series of beats, drummers with a better sense of rhythm have scored higher results on an intelligence test.

Furthermore, a University of Washington research has proven that rhythmical music can make other people sharper, not just the drummer, basing the results on patient treatment through rhythmic light and sound therapy.

Finally, the University of Oxford research team has discovered that drummers produce a natural "high" while jamming, increasing both happiness and pain threshold. Finally, the Harvard team came to a conclusion that when drummers skip a beat, they are actually returning back to the natural rhythm found all over Earth.

So to sum it all up, drummers are more intelligent and more balanced with nature than you are. The joke's clearly not on them anymore.

81 comments sorted by best / new / date

    iommi600
    "What's the difference between a drummer and a drum machine? You only have to punch the information into the drum machine once." These jokes will be sorely missed...
    bobmarley_fan
    What do you call a guy that likes to hang around musicians? A Drummer.....I use to get that one all the time.
    vodvvio
    as a drummer, i truly love drummer jokes!!! didn't know that one, upvote! hahahaha
    iommi600
    Good to know, man. My friends who play the drums usually take drummer jokes to the heart.
    dennis.1960
    How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but he'll break a dozen bulbs before he realizes they don't just push in.
    AxemanRob
    Or five, one to put the bulb in and another four to talk about how much better Neil Peart would have done it
    tonello
    I've heard that joke related to guitar players. "How many guitarists does is take to change a light bulb? 1001. 1 to do it and 1000 to talk about how much better Clapton (or Hendrix) would have done it."
    xwf
    What did the drummer do when he locked his keys in the car? Busted out the window to get the bass player out.
    bit64
    Oh,that's why drummers can't stop playing in the studio.Even when their bandmates want to speak or tune their instruments...
    Everlong729
    I play drums in my church band. I get told to be quiet the whole time while the guitarist keeps playing around and the singers won't stop shaking their ****ing tambourines (they can't sing either)
    iommi600
    "singers won't stop shaking their ****ing tambourines" So, when did Liam Gallagher start singing in your church band?
    vodvvio
    the thing about "people who play certain instrument tend to be more intelligent" is that many people think: "whoa, so if i play the drums i'll be more intelligent" or "whoa, i do play the drums, so of course i'm smarter than who doesn't". it's not that simple, i think it's wise to make it clear that the study shows that playing the drums (or any musical intrument) is one of the ways do develop certain skills, but it's all about learning: the more you learn... the more you LEARN. (if you know what i mean haha) aaaand i'm a drummer. hahah
    matteo cubano
    i think these stats apply to REAL drummers, not just the average drummer in a band. Like the real super good ones are really smart because drums is a rhythmic instrument. it has a steady beat and holds things together. i feel as though they may be more left brained than other musicians, good at mathematics and stuff. that';s been my theory for a while.
    cfhdomination
    I'm a drummer, and I sucked at algebra, but excelled at calculus. Does this give any support to your theory? On a side note I play guitar as well, does that mean I'm a smart guitarist?
    vodvvio
    i'll try not to comment on your real/average drummmer discrepancy theory. "As PolyMic reports, the skin-bashers possess innate problem-solving skills and can make a positive impact on the surrounding community" I think your theory is weak because problem-solving skills are mainly related to creativity, which can be developed by ANY art-related activity (among others, of course). math is all about logic (mainly, at least).
    JackdeAxe
    Setting up a drum-kit: Hell, lol, Lots of problem solving required to be able to finish it correctly.
    bangbang!!
    Umm am I the only one who hasn't heard of "the natural rhythm found all over Earth"?!?
    BradTheBluefish
    "...when drummers skip a beat, they are actually returning back to the natural rhythm found all over Earth." Sounds like Lars Ulrich is a very earthy drummer.
    ChucklesMginty
    Finally, the University of Oxford research team has discovered that drummers produce a natural "high" while jamming, increasing both happiness and pain threshold.
    This goes for all musicians.
    hiya77
    Drummers Please quit while you're ahead on this one. Peace and Love xx
    Himynameisben95
    "Finally, the Harvard team came to a conclusion that when drummers skip a beat, they are actually returning back to the natural rhythm found all over Earth." Dude what? This doesn't sound very scientific. Sounds like more of that 433Hz or whatever bullshit.
    Nameless742
    Of course drummers are more intelligent. As it only takes about 5 minutes to learn how to drum, the rest of their time can be spent studying to bolster their intellect.
    hennessey14
    'Natural rhythm found all over earth' whats this hippie shit
    loungeact88
    And here all this time I thought skipping a beat just meant they had bad timing....or too many beers before the show.
    tonello
    Yeah I'm not letting the drummer know about this. He'll actually try to contribute to songwriting.
    Abacus11
    Lars Ulrich is a drummer. This "study" is invalid.
    6-String_Madman
    A successful businessman who turned Metallica into a multimillion dollar entity/institution (it's not just the band but also the tech guys - lights, sounds, PR, props including pyro etc...) One of the few people who have foreseen the negative effect of uncontrolled music downloading that everyone experiences at this time. He might not be in line with Lombardo, Menza, Portnoy or any of the best metal drummers but it does not mean that he is not smart... Your argument is INVALID.
    ounceler
    The "negative effects of music downloading" are only negative for these ridiculously over paid artists. Don't buy that hype, also he was not one of the few people who predicted that. You are giving him way too much credit. Yes he is a millionaire, but that does not mean he is smart... Your argument is INVALID.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Next article: "Violinist are utter f*cking geniuses! All other musicians pale in comparison!"Seriously, these kind of articles aren't even saying what the original study said. It's so annoying.
    Velcro Man
    I love the complete lack of information. Most of these "studies" are complete bullshit, they'll take like 100 people, study them and make a conclusion for the entire spectrum of people. It's just plain and simply correlation, not causation.
    Hamburger89
    A lot of these people are motivated by their ideology if they want to try to prove something. Usually it's quite dangerous, but a drummer with an inferiority complex is hardly something to worry about.
    happysmilyguy
    ...isn't it saying that anyone with a sense of rhythm is more intelligent? I know plenty of drummers that have seemingly no sense of rhythm + don't all musicians get a natural high when jamming? Or is that just me?
    the_bi99man
    Yes to both of those statements. This "study" is very obviously internet-grade bullshit, based on nothing, designed for the sole purpose of generating clicks on news sites that don't give a shit about their own credibility. Just like the one about guitarists last week, or the week before, whenever that was. It seems to have served its purpose.
    MattyPS
    This doesn't mean anything but a drummer was in my class in Highschool, the guys was a total genius.
    Crunge92
    "Finally, the Harvard team came to a conclusion that when drummers skip a beat, they are actually returning back to the natural rhythm found all over Earth." This is either bullsh*t or this article needs to do a bit more explaining. Or both.
    ninjamo
    Heh, true or not, funny seeing all the non-drummers getting all defensive.
    Eissari
    Next some stereotype like Bass players are dumb? Kinda pointless study
    majewski32
    Lol, Nergal said in his book that drummers are the most stupid guys in bands but Inferno is smart xd
    the_bi99man
    Isn't this from the same people who did the "guitarist's brains are different from everyone else's" study? Yeah, it's almost certainly just some click-generating bullshit to be distributed to music-oriented news sites (just like the guitarist one). Coming next week: study finds that bassists are *insert positive adjective* than other musicians. And the week after that: study finds singers are *something random* from the rest of the band. Also, just to throw in my little piece of anecdotal evidence.. the last drummer I worked with, while a damn good drummer, was seriously the single stupidest person I've ever known in my life. And literally every single person I've talked to who's ever met him agrees completely. It's been damn near a year since we kicked him out of the band, and the rest of us still find ourselves talking every now and again about how great it is to not have him around anymore. He would seriously make people's brains hurt just attempting to have a conversation with him. That said, I've met other drummers who are most certainly not retarded. So yeah, it goes both ways. There are plenty of smart drummers, and plenty of dumb ones, too. Same for guitar players, bassists, people who occupy other professions having nothing to do with music, and everybody else. Study is clearly bullshit, and based on coincidence at best.
    archangels
    "[...] drummers with a better sense of rhythm have scored higher results on an intelligence test." So the conclusion should actually be "the better your sense of rhythm, the smarter you are." Also, this: "when drummers skip a beat, they are actually returning back to the natural rhythm found all over Earth." makes me think whoever conducted this study was stoned.
    Blatouch96
    It's no wonder, I think... Drummers' main job is accuracy and precision. On the other hand, e.g. guitarists have to be more creative, accuracy is not so vital in their case. In the conclusion, this makes me believe that drummers are more IQ-based, while guitarists, bassist, keyboardists, etc... are more EQ-based.
    battleaxe_12
    No, drums are about the rhythm and synchronization. they also give the tempo for the rest of the band to build upon. they are the base of the pyramid as such. they guide everyone else but have nothing to follow themselves... that's why the drummers are smart and also because they have to keep track of the main schema as well as other little "interludes" if you know what i mean- they split their minds more than others do. i agree guitarists are the ones who are supposed to be creative. it is the nature of the guitar such that you can compose so much more with it than you can with drums. what you said about accuracy and precision... yes drummers need an excellent sense of timing, but again i think that the more accurate ones are guitarists- there is so much precision aspect to playing guitar. the more precise you are the better you will sound... for a drummer the timing matters more than anything else full stop.
    DaniArrow
    I've played with a whole bunch of drummers and those were either all exceptions or this is wrong.
    wateyy
    my drummer will be pleased to hear this. Rest of the band not so much.
    Most_Triumphant
    Oh well, at least we all know bassists will never have anything good to their name.
    hiya77
    Apart from usually being the coolest in the band? 9/10 the bassist is the heart and soul of the band (when the band has a soul)
    third(-)eye
    Ha. They didn't need a study to prove THAT. It's common knowledge that we're the smartest member of every band.
    Sixxstarr
    I don't think being a drummer has anything to do with someone's intelligence...it most likely was just a coincidence that they scored higher and another thing...how much higher was it?
    wyatt.schutt
    I'd like to see this study…. Seems like a random claim, I bet they do have higher problem solving skills in the study.. but who was in this study/how many. But I bet the same study could be done with vocalists to prove more mental flexibility by fitting words and syllables into a code all day (which is another cognitive portion of the brain) And same for bassists and guitarists are probably better at spatial recognition/navigation by fitting the notes in a specific order and pace. Then of course all musicians memory and attention is above the rest. There are quite a few areas of cognitive development affected by music, but don't forget, being cognitively advanced doesn't mean you're educated or even smart, choice and discipline comes into that as well