I wish he would have went into detail on how he tuned ...."My floor toms were particularly important in the way that I tuned them because we were already going to things like the song ‘Black Sabbath’ so I needed power in my toms. I needed that for my build-ups and for songs like ‘Fairies Wear Boots’. I tuned to maintain the integrity of the sound but at the same time to give the kit some wallop.
Keep in mind that we still didn’t use PAs for the drums back then, everything was live without microphones" - BW
Rob Ferrell transcribed it: https://robertferrell.com/Resources/Snowblind.pdfSaw him mentioned in chat box ,I'm ready to read about something other than "Wood types and how they do or do not affect sound" threads .
I'll start by saying that there are parts he plays that I still can't figure out . Like the song Snowblind , I'm lost ....
I grew up listening to Sabbath , I'd like to pick up some new insights .
As a side note and no one cares , but my buddies son is married to Bills Daughter .
When he told me I was like WTF , how does the godfather of metal drummings daughter end up in OKC ?
That's curable. If you can count, you can read, given some work. There are tons of folks who can help you with that, especially now. Get a copy of Haskell Harr Book 1 or Alfred's Beginning Drum Set and go from there. You can start on your own and got a teacher when you get stuck. Look on YT for videos on how to read.Damn , I’ll can’t read well enough to sort that out.
This quote sounds very similar something Paul Motian said to me once, imagine that. Paul Motian and Bill Ward, soulmates.Bill was a huge huge influence on my playing - this quote sums it all up for me
I play orchestration; I play back to what comes at me. I build structures around things. And I make allowances for the bass to sweep over me and for Tony to break through; they allow so much to happen. I never thought about “keeping a beat” in Black Sabbath. Some things needed a groove. But groove accompaniment seemed to work and then as soon as that stopped, I would move on to where else I needed to support things.
here's a recent MD interview
“Oh no, I could never have imagined it,” says Bill Ward with a long pause of disbelief. The drummer is recalling last year, standing alongside his Black Sabbath bandmates, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, to receive the revered Lifetime Achievement Grammy.www.moderndrummer.com