Fri 06, Apr 2012
Article - Drummers: Don’t Stop Playing!
By: Cynthia Hajal
As you must have probably noticed, a lot of musicians play in several bands all at the same time. We could think this is due to the lack of musicians, or rather good musicians, in certain music styles. While this matter seems to touch every musicians going from guitarists to keyboard players, today, the most important victims are drummers. Why are most drummers quitting and leaving many broken bands behind them? What reasons motivate these choices? Do drummers simply quit drumming and start another instrument? Or are they quitting music as a whole? How do broken bands keep up and try to reconstruct their image?
Well, it is hard to try to answer all these questions because every single case is different. However, the trend today is rather clear: the number of drummers selling their sets and cymbals to stop playing has considerably risen. By investigating a little more on the causes driving these decisions, I found various reasons motivating this trend. Among reasons such as not finding a band fitting their style, not having time to practice, getting bored of the same instrument, another more peculiar reason struck me. Drummers are simply leaving the country! This reason affected the rock and metal scene in Lebanon more than if it were for guitarists or other musicians, because in the beginning, the number of drummers was not that important.
Then, how are bands dealing with that? Well, most of these bands are still looking for a substitute drummer. And it seems to be a hard task for them. Why are there so few drummers? Deciding to start playing the drums can be a more challenging issue than any other instrument. Mostly because, well let’s admit it, drum sets are cumbersome and quite expensive. While a guitarist could start off with a classical guitar, a drummer has to get the whole set and cymbals in order to be able to play.
But, future drummers: don’t get discouraged!! If you really want to start, then just do it! And also, think about the fame you’ll earn from that! A high number of bands, beginners or more professional bands, are really looking for drummers, either to start with or to replace the previous one. Think about how you could contribute to reconstructing the band’s image and earning a lot of success among fans!
I guess this should motivate people intending to start playing the drums. If you are really interested in doing so, just don’t think twice. Take it as a challenge! Future drummer generation: show us your guts!