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Quotes from Famous Drummers

Quotes from Famous Drummers

“I’m not part of the status quo. It’s risky to follow me, because I’ve somehow managed to make a path playing simple. Some people say I’m not great ’cause they think I play the same beat over and over again. I can do the gospel-chops thing. However, I know a million of those gospel drummers who can’t play a straight break to save their life.”

— Ahmir Questlove


“There is no 100%… the better you get the more you see how much you suck… that’s true.”

— George Kollias


“I don’t approach the drums as an instrument per se, more an attitude, viciously attacking something”

— Alex Van Halen


“Practice makes perfect and even if you think you’re perfect your not, keep practicing”

— Eric Moore


“As long as I can hold a pair of sticks, I don’t have to retire. I may end up in a slow blues band, but that’s how it works.”

— Ringo Starr


“Drum machines may be reliable and all that but they can`t drink as much as me”

— Phil Taylor


“Playing fast around the drums is one thing. But to play music, to play with people for others to listen to, th at’s something else. That’s a whole other world.”

Tony Williams


“Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn’t sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste.”

— Buddy Rich


“But, I don’t think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can’t create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that’s written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom.”

— Buddy Rich


“Mistreating your drum set is just one step below child abuse”

— John Bonham


Playing a 3 hour Rush concert is like running a marathon while solving equations.

— Neil Peart


“You only get better by playing.”

— Buddy Rich