Drummer.......gone guitarist

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jazzman0631

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I am 53 and playing drums for 40 years......everything from Tower of Power to Black Crows...............but lately I cant put down this guitar! Well i just wanted to say hello to all the players out there...........Rock On

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I am 53 and playing drums for 40 years......everything from Tower of Power to Black Crows...............but lately I cant put down this guitar! Well i just wanted to say hello to all the players out there...........Rock On

Ben Lindholm

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Many very talented guitar players started out as drummers! Hopefully you won't suffer too much from the rushing syndrome most guitar players have. Big Grin

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Many very talented guitar players started out as drummers! Hopefully you won't suffer too much from the rushing syndrome most guitar players have. Big Grin

Welcome!

/Ben
My newest tutorials:
Pentatonic Speedster
Funk Lick Library A2
Bat Country
Funk Lick Library A1
Tapping: Level 4
Tapping: Level 3
Alternate Picking: Level 2

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hunter1801

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You're one HUGE step ahead since you have an understanding of rhythm, tempo and a general knowledge of music.

Pick up the bass next and it'll be fun seeing how more closely it is linked with drums than the guitar.

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You're one HUGE step ahead since you have an understanding of rhythm, tempo and a general knowledge of music.

Pick up the bass next and it'll be fun seeing how more closely it is linked with drums than the guitar.

JeffS65

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Originally Posted by: axeman81
Thank-you for posting, Hunter, because I neglected to mention I play electric guitar. I feel this can already produce a deep, bassy sound for me and I heard a tip that playing drums can improve your guitar skills.


I've seen a few great guitar players say that the way to great guitar playing is to hang out with the drummer...can't remember the names but I'll stand by it.

You have built in a sense of time and groove (as mentioned) that you don't have to overcome.

When I was a snot nosed teen picking up guitar, I was just trying to learn the right chords and all then practicing with a metronome came later.

You have that built in already.

Good luck and have fun.

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Originally Posted by: axeman81
Thank-you for posting, Hunter, because I neglected to mention I play electric guitar. I feel this can already produce a deep, bassy sound for me and I heard a tip that playing drums can improve your guitar skills.


I've seen a few great guitar players say that the way to great guitar playing is to hang out with the drummer...can't remember the names but I'll stand by it.

You have built in a sense of time and groove (as mentioned) that you don't have to overcome.

When I was a snot nosed teen picking up guitar, I was just trying to learn the right chords and all then practicing with a metronome came later.

You have that built in already.

Good luck and have fun.

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Originally Posted by: jazzman0631
I am 53 and playing drums for 40 years......everything from Tower of Power to Black Crows...............but lately I cant put down this guitar! Well i just wanted to say hello to all the players out there...........Rock On

I consider it an advantage. I'm an ex drummer (maybe a re-drummer now, I dunno...), and I would say a lot of right hand technique came from the drumming. As has been mentioned, tempo, accents, lots of stuff is already built in for you. When I was learning and playing with other folks, I recall getting good comments about timing and tempo.

Hunter's comment on Bass is way true. Funny as a drummer, that was kind of automatic (playing 'with' the bass line). When I started trying to record stuff, my bass lines and drums were way off until I realized this little epiphany. I have to do the bass lines first before I know what I will be doing on drums. Huh, I always thought They played with ME!Big Grin Damn. There's that lurch again...
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.

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Originally Posted by: jazzman0631
I am 53 and playing drums for 40 years......everything from Tower of Power to Black Crows...............but lately I cant put down this guitar! Well i just wanted to say hello to all the players out there...........Rock On

I consider it an advantage. I'm an ex drummer (maybe a re-drummer now, I dunno...), and I would say a lot of right hand technique came from the drumming. As has been mentioned, tempo, accents, lots of stuff is already built in for you. When I was learning and playing with other folks, I recall getting good comments about timing and tempo.

Hunter's comment on Bass is way true. Funny as a drummer, that was kind of automatic (playing 'with' the bass line). When I started trying to record stuff, my bass lines and drums were way off until I realized this little epiphany. I have to do the bass lines first before I know what I will be doing on drums. Huh, I always thought They played with ME!Big Grin Damn. There's that lurch again...
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.

KFS1972

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I think it foolish to try and will never work.

Here's an example of someone struggling mightily to make the transition....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGQAfolOJUI

Just in case someone missed it,, that was sarcasm :-)

I was an interview with Grohl where he was talking about how the three guitar parts of a given Foo song are written with drum influence. Pretty interesting and very evident in many of their songs.

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I think it foolish to try and will never work.

Here's an example of someone struggling mightily to make the transition....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGQAfolOJUI

Just in case someone missed it,, that was sarcasm :-)

I was an interview with Grohl where he was talking about how the three guitar parts of a given Foo song are written with drum influence. Pretty interesting and very evident in many of their songs.

KFS1972

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Ohh no, my post was not intended to be critical in any way (constructive or not). It was directly more toward the original poster.

Actually, I feel that almost any instrument that you learn has the ability to make you better at every instrument that you play. Considering a Uke, myself but would love to add a bass to my music area.

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Ohh no, my post was not intended to be critical in any way (constructive or not). It was directly more toward the original poster.

Actually, I feel that almost any instrument that you learn has the ability to make you better at every instrument that you play. Considering a Uke, myself but would love to add a bass to my music area.