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I just never got this...explain if you will?  Country rockers seem to use them

more often...Outlaws & .38 Special, Doobies as well.  Why?

 

I did not like the drum sound or playing much on this great tune...

 


Edited by Pocketplayer, 16 May 2018 - 11:35 PM.

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Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are probably the most famous duo. I’d search there for your answers. What’s space w/o drums?
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Obviously double drummers is not a thing for all occasions - but in the context, I've often really enjoyed. Both from the listening end - and the playing side of things as well.

As a listener, my common and oddball favs would be Mad Dogs and Englishmen, any of those great British special or tribute concerts with 2 or 3 drummers, 2 or 3 keys and about 8-12 guitar players, any of the various Don Ellis bands that almost always had two drummers and the wonderful obscure "Jack Daugherty and the Class of 73" album featuring Jim Keltner and Jeff Porcaro.
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roxy and elsewhere - frank zappa


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Genesis....
Allman Brothers...
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King Crimson "Thrak" is a great example, especially "B'Boom" and "Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream" but it's not something I see working well in a straight up rock, pop or blues situation.
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You don't have to get it or like it.   It works for them, and there are folks that like it.  

 

Like damn near everything we discuss, it's a matter of opinion.


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I was never a big fan.  Then I saw some video of Joe Bonamassa, and he had two drummers - Anton Fig and another guy.  That's when I first heard the power of it all - when done right. 

 

A few months ago, I played along with another drummer for the first time in my life.  I was very hesitant to do so, but the guys jamming begged me to come, and - I unexpectedly enjoyed it.  It was kind of cool bouncing off each other, and we very naturally complemented each other - one of us would go simple, the other would embellish, etc.   It was also kind of fun to stop and scratch my nose mid song without the train stopping.   :)   


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I always liked it when Fugazi did it in the later days just added some power and it was fun how they'd play off each other.

 

https://youtu.be/aP7KZbZr7ww?t=11m54s


Edited by TheMattJones88, 17 May 2018 - 07:59 AM.

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The types of venues that most of us play wouldn't support two drummers.  Why?

 

1.  Small stages.

2.  Volume concerns.

3.  Mixing complications.

4.  Adds a level of needless complication to song arrangements.

 

Benefits:

 

1.  Two drummers playing together is visually striking.

2.  You always have a fill-in if one guy can't make it.

3.  Nobody does this.  It could set your band apart.  


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How about 3 drummers? 

 

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I was just going to mention James Brown!  :)


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How about King Crimson touring with four drummers?!


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KC still using 3 across the front. The 4th drummer is actually also a keyboard player, so that has been his role. 

 

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In James Brown's band, most often one drummer played his drum set while the other drummer played a tambourine, cowbell, or just sat there. The drummers would alternate playing. In the Motown studio, the drummers (two or more) would be layered in the mix a la Phil Spector. But, sometimes, they were playing at the same time in the studio-live recordings. 


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Tedeschi / Trucks band as well


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The Deads Rhythm Devils are the most recorded duo by far and sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. Years ago i read an interview with Garcia when he was asked the following and i paraphrase:

Jerry you have played in the same band with one drummer and two. Which do you prefer and why?

Jerry said that when you have fewer players and one drummer it is easier to be on the same page. You can go through many ups and downs twists and turns like a race car that can start and stop on a dime. Two drummers is more like riding a train. It takes more time to get up to speed and it cant stop and turn on a dime, but you can feel the power. Sometimes things can go off the rails and it takes longer to stop and wind down, but you cant deny the magic when the train is rolling full speed down the tracks. As for which I prefer, I dont give a $hit.

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The Dirtbombs seem to do just fine with 2 drummers.


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Mind explosion...did not know that many bands had two drummers...

just makes no sense to me...but I also get it.  There are two drummers

for the occasional show,and then two drummers are permanent members of

the band.  I get the occasional show thing...not the band.  For those that make

it work, it is a different "brotherhood" of sorts and has to be a different

energy---humility/ego-less approach...a different family dynamic.

Drummers are used to being solo, alone, the ONE guy...that is the usual...

To have another is just very different for most of us...less alpha.


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A drummer buddy and I are considering it , never even thought I would til now ...


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