Did you see this viral video? The drummer who is in the wrong band? If not, then watch it, because there is a lesson here.
You may want to click into it about a minute or so, and then things will be more apparent. While the rest of the band is performing ZZ Top’s Sharp-Dressed Man (in a pedestrian manner, no less), the drummer is just playing.
The song is not that complicated, three chords and a cloud of dust. But the drummer is taking it to a different place entirely, because his focus isn’t on slapping the skins.
The Master Sought a Master
If you get an opportunity, check out the documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.” VH-1 will air it Saturday night, June 26 at 9p.m. Eastern. I had a chance to see it in the theater a couple of weeks ago, and it is highly entertaining even if you don’t like the band. But in particular, watch for the segment with drummer Neil Peart and his drumming guru, Freddy Gruber. [Read more...]