Inspirational words from famous drummers
We’ve compiled some of our favourite drumming quotes from famous drummers, including Buddy Rich, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tony Williams, Dennis Chambers, and Dave Grohl.
Keep these thoughts with you when practising and playing!
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It’s so true, as Tony Williams said, it’s all too easy to get caught up playing lots of fast notes and lose the musicality of what you’re playing. Play with the listener in mind.
If you think you stink, you probably do.
I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way.
Playing drums, or any musical instrument in fact, is so much about the way you think and about your attitude towards the instrument…
All of the famous drummers featured here have experienced a great deal of different musical emotions and drumming situations. Experience is the best teacher! These quotes are simple soundbites that we can all learn from.
You need to take risks, you never know if the end results will be beautiful or strange, you need to be instantaneous, listening to every moment, without missing a scrap of the music, even if you play a rest.
This is all good drumming philosophy so far, now for some quotes about life as a drummer…
I love being a drummer. Everyone thinks you’re dumb. What they don’t realise is that if it weren’t for you, their band would suck.
If these little snippets of wisdom have inspired you, seek out interviews and articles written by these and other famous drummers.
Just space for a few final words of advice about validating your own creative freedom with drumming:
Any sound, if it’s in time, has some value.
The final word has to go to the wisest and most influential drummer of them all. If you take away just one piece of advice from reading this, REMEMBER THESE FOUR WORDS….
Eat drums! Eat cymbals!
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