Fail! Buddy Rich Method Missing from Article — 15 Steps to Being a Creative Drummer

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Not sure how Drum magazine left “smoke marijuana” out of this article!


15 Steps To Becoming A More Creative Drummer
JUNE 22, 2020

BY ANDY ZIKER

The last 20 years has seen the rise of digital audio workstations (DAWs), such as Pro Tools and Garageband. These recording software programs have come way down in price and are now often used in home studios. Loops replacing drummers, plug-ins, and quantizing drum performances to a grid are more and more common.
These technological advancements are now vital to many songwriters, engineers, and producers out there, but it begs some important questions: Yes, loops are easier, but are they better? Is it really necessary for so many pop songs to use quantized drum performances?
While people are composing exciting new projects in the privacy of their own homes, much of what makes it to the mainstream seems incredibly dull. From the drum patterns to the harmonic structure to the melody is lacking the spark found in popular music from the ’60s and ’70s, for instance. Compare a current hit by Rihanna to a past one from Aretha Franklin, and you might see where I’m coming from. Would today’s mainstream pop be helped by human drumming? It certainly couldn’t hurt.
A group dynamic that squanders original thought and risk-taking might be the culprit here. The following list of suggestions will hopefully help you find creative solutions to compensate for these issues and keep the creative fires burning. Keep in mind, though, that artistry is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, what you think is a creative drum groove or lick may or may not seem so to the audience or your bandmates.
1. PRACTICE LIKE BILLY WARD
A friend of mine recently went to a Thomas Lang drum clinic and had a transformative experience. Lang talked about the huge amount of time that drummers waste noodling around the kit when they could be practicing diligently. It’s hard to deny his point: We could all practice more efficiently. However, noodling around on the drum kit can also be a great way to practice, if done right. Billy Ward, in his exceptional DVD Big Time, demonstrates one of his practice techniques: He noodles around until he discovers something that sounds promising to him, then reproduces and develops it further. Billy Ward is one of the most creative drummer on the planet, so it’s worth giving his method a fair shake.
Practice through noodling also builds spontaneous creativity. When I play a jazz or rock gig, I am often asked to make something up on the spot. Noodling has better prepared me for these moments.
The following is an exercise that combines noodling with organized practicing. The songo is one of my favorite grooves to play and teach. Start out by playing a basic Songo to warm up (Ex. 1).
Now begin to noodle around within the pattern. In other words, alter the sticking, add additional bass drum and/or hi-hat notes, orchestrate the sticking around various sounds sources, and change the rhythmic structure. Here are two patterns fleshed out in this way (Exs. 2-3).
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2. MAKE SOUND-DRIVEN DECISIONS
Creative drummers often allow the sounds of the drum set to determine what to add or take away. In this tribal pattern, high-frequency rim-clicks meld well with lower frequency toms and bass drum notes (Ex. 4).

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Not sure what you consider the Rich method or what that has to do with pot, but you sure are a fallacy machine with your click bait titles. Specifically this one is defined as follows:

In philosophy, a formal fallacy, deductive fallacy, logical fallacy or non sequitur (Latin for "it does not follow") is a pattern of reasoning rendered invalid by a flaw in its logical structure that can neatly be expressed in a standard logic system.

Your attempt to link creativity to Buddy and cannabis "does not follow" and is Bubulum Stercus.
 

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I was just wondering what your next one would be ,not kidding , I'm dissapointed in this one however . You can do much better .
I'm gonna go roll another doobie and hope to see this rectified .
 

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Personally it's not about Vistalite is it...

He- it seems to me- is just sifting thru material- that is out there- published for drummers to read-- And is seeking our opinion on it.

I don't think Vistalite is making a Judgement call he is just showing the crap (good or bad) that is published elsewhere.

I mean he doesn't "pen" these articles he's lifting them from other publications

For those that chose to comment on.

Where did this article come from? Spin Magazine? Rolling Stone? or where?
oh there it is: Drum Magazine

That's good that Vistalite reads them.
Then I don't have to and also to get a feel for what contemporary "literature" for drummers is out there
Like I said

He is in the " Hollywood Reporter" " Ann Landers Whispers Heard Around Town " mold.
Good . He can do the detective and re-publishing work

Any resistance to Vistalite might be because he's holding up the social mirror of what's circulating in some drum community and some possibly don't like what they see in that mirror.
 
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The Buddy Rich Method, is that where you act like a jerk and insult everyone? :blink:

Funny but true story, I was at the 1976 Summer NAMM show with a drummer friend, who worked really hard at his "Buddy Rich" attitude. Buddy Rich gave a short demo at one of the booths (Slingerland perhaps?) and afterwards Buddy did autographs on 8 x 10 photos that they provided to us. My friend throws his picture at Buddy and says something along the lines of "Sign This". Buddy stops and makes him apologize in front of everyone and ask nicely for his autograph.

The sad part is that I lost my autographed picture, along with a bunch of vintage drum catalogs, in a move years ago.
 

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Concur JDA, the article itself was from 2013 and is not bad; but starting the post with "Fail! Buddy Rich"?

What for?
 
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The article is by__Andy Ziker__if that is Vistalite then I retract
BY ANDY ZIKER .
 

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Concur JDA, the article itself was from 2013 and is not bad; but starting the post with "Fail! Buddy Rich"?

What for?
That post title doesn't ruffle me
But it is true right? Buddy is not mentioned in article O I see where you're going
Instead of discussing the Article we're discussing Buddy Rich.

Buddy Rich knew a certain amount of things and he repeated them constantly and made a (pretty darn good) career from it
 

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I'm gonna take a wild wager and say Philly Joe Jones isn't in the article either. Am I right?

no wait. He is. Philly Joe is mentioned. It's actually seems a pretty good article.
Buddy Rich was a vaudeville machine you'd put a quarter in and he danced. Was a good Dancer but heard it over and over .He created about six things and used them for over 60 years.
That's still something ..but pretty far from everything
Buddy Rich had limits too you know..
and could sound wildly out of place here and there when he ventured out
which wasn't often
which was smart-
Bud was only 1 man which we all are-
He was no supreme being
Extreme being yeah maybe so
Even Dizzy said he was 110%
Ha
(sometimes 98% suited better the situation..)
 
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Yep you lose, it is a decent article as I remember it from 7 years ago with no mention of Rich or pot. You should read before you wager next time. ;)

USE RUDIMENTS
Philly Joe Jones, Steve Gadd, and Stanton Moore—three of the most creative drummers in history—are all known for using rudiments in their playing. The idea is simple enough: use a one or more rudiments and orchestrate them around the kit. The key is to have a long drop-down menu of rudiments at your disposal. You can then sift through these options when the time arises, and hopefully make an informed decision.
 

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Ok so this thread is about what then? The article or--I haven't been following--- is Vista an All Buddy All the Time Guy----I 'm not following .

If so shouldn't miss this post By Killian:

 

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three of the most creative drummers in history
I got a problem with that sentence in the article and it's sentences like that that cause problems..

I like what Mel Lewis said at one time when asked (maybe about Buddy or words like genius and the greatest).....

"there's drummers better than me...there's drummer's 'less better' than me..
that all equals out, so I don't think about that"

ha good one mel
 

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JDA that was originally posted by Norbert on FB in the Buddy Rich Road Stories which is where he listed it as the unknown solo and then it appeared here later that day. Well recorded that one.
 
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see if this can be read on your device..
it's part of that article (I think) where great the best etc got discussed
I know everything I say I read somewhere..I don't make anything up (don't have 'that' skill ; )
 

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Joe I don't buy that for a minute! Thx for the book, love Drummin Men as well. Not a Buddy Zelot either, more of a Dave Tough guy myself who has been described as the opposite of Buddy and circling back the wagons... very creative always laying down a different part for each soloist and playing for what the music requires never showing off. A musicians musician. No mention of Tough in the original article, but a favorite of Mel Lewis.
 
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