I think a lot of people have it in their head that in order to be a good drummer, you need to have a 40-piece drum set with eight bass drums all the way around you, 30 cymbals, and need to be able to play, among other ridiculous things, flawless 16th note rolls with one hand at 420 bpm. I’m sure there are plenty of metal purists who feel that way about drummers.
However, I’m of the opinion that if you can keep time well, can hold funky and interesting grooves, and also understand that showmanship is an element of being a drummer… Well, that makes you a pretty darn good drummer in my books.
A good example? This fellow here, Chip Ritter, who’s a rather accomplished drummer and instructor. This is him at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show.
His talents were so appreciated by David Letterman that he was brought on the show to show off his Stupid Human Trick.
So just remember kids… Speed isn’t everything!