Once upon a time I aspired to be a drummer, nothing too flash, I just wanted to understand and be able to play rhythm. I got a basic kit and, equipped with ‘Buddy Rich’s Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments’ book, I set about learning rudiments.
I began to fully appreciate their worth in playing and summoned the patience and time needed to get things like my single and double stroke rolls up to a reasonable level, but my biggest problem was patience and perseverance. I guess that’s why I’m sitting here marvelling good drumming instead of creating it; nonetheless I always say it’s never too late to pick up my sticks. If nothing else I found it completely satisfying striving to get into a good solid, steady beat where my hands worked and my brain stopped over thinking, even if only for a few minutes.
Last night I finally got round to watching ‘Whiplash,’ it was every bit as good as I had anticipated and inspired me to fish out my Buddy Rich book. I found it tucked away with some of the pages falling out and my penned ‘left, right’ sticking alterations on lots of exercises (I played left-handed).
Furthermore, this film also got me listening to some Buddy Rich, which brings me to today’s song: ‘Caravan.’ Featuring on his 1962 studio album ‘Blues Caravan,’ this is nearly 10 minutes of awesome playing, I love the bass line too and would never tire of listening to drumming like this.
…but it doesn’t end here, oh no, I have also included another awesome drum piece that features in the film. This is what really inspires and excites me when it comes to drumming, I love this, I can’t tell you enough just what this kind of drumming does for me, the crisp snare sound is wondrous! This is called ‘Drum & Drone’ and was written by Justin Hurwitzz who composed the film’s score…it’s just divine! Listen below.