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Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Dave Heim on September 20, 2004, 08:24 AM
I remember being at some relative's wedding reception when I was 4 or 5 and being completely mesmerized by the drummer.  I couldn't tell you if he was any good, but I recall just watching him all night long.  I think that planted the seed.  

Further inspiration came from Ed Shaughnessy (whenever my folks let me stay up late enough to see the beginning of The Tonight Show).  After I set up my very first set of drums, the first lick I tried to play was the one bar set up Ed played to kick in the Tonight Show theme.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: vertijoe on September 20, 2004, 08:32 AM
When I was 3, a friend of the family had a rock band.  Their drummer (Pete Peterson) just seemed to be the coolest guy on the planet.  After that it was Ringo Starr.  I just loved the beatles.  I wore the grooves out of Abbey Road playing to it when I got my first drumset at 5.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: AutoCrat on September 20, 2004, 09:14 AM
My father tells me (because I don't remember) that when I was young, like 2 years old, I would go to our neibourgh and just sit on the throne and hit the snear with my hands.

And as long as I can recall, I've been attracted by drums, until I could play one for real at the age of 12. My music teacher told me that he had never seen someone play that good the first time they played :) It seems that tapping on Nirvana songs helped me in my early years :D
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Post by: jokerjkny on September 20, 2004, 10:42 AM
love these threads... 8)

grew up a guitar player, but i still remember air drumming to a Phil Collins / Chester Thompson drum "duel" i saw in 3rd grade (4th grade?) on PBS.

but many of my very talented buds inspried me to pick up drums.  no need to worry about the key or wrong notes, but still get the girls.  what's not to love?  ;)
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Post by: Paul DAngelo on September 20, 2004, 10:44 AM
A sort of odd combo of Ringo, Mick Avery (from the Kinks) and Buddy Rich.  Ringo and Buddy because I saw them on TV pretty much.  Mick Avery because I LOVED the Kinks.  
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: paul on September 20, 2004, 11:27 AM
One of my earliest drumming memories is of seeing my father get his practice pad and sticks out to play along with the marching bands during football games on television.  That was back in the day when they still showed the bands.  I thought that was about the coolest thing I'd ever seen, and was constantly bugging him to let me try.

We went to every parade held, and my favorite part was always the marching bands, especially the drum sections, with the multicolored sparkle drums, sticks and arms moving in unison, and the sheer power of all that unified sound.

But watching my dad play along with bands on television is probably what triggered my interest first.

He had played in bands and drum corps as a kid in Philadelphia, but never owned a drum of his own, much less a drumset, and never played in any kind of swing or jazz bands.  I gave him a Gretsch snare that I wasn't using at the time, along with a stand (he still, at age 70, had sticks), and his wife told me he really loved playing that drum, and only gave it up when the nursing home took his sticks away, a policy in the Alzheimer's ward.

He didn't give me much besides that, but my love for drumming is something I'll always owe to him.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Mark Schlipper on September 20, 2004, 12:25 PM
As far as I can recall, I inspired me to start drumming.  I'd been playing strings and things for a while and being the DIY guy I am, decided drums were next.   No particular artist or anything.   Just my desire to make my own music.
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Post by: dogarrette on September 20, 2004, 12:59 PM
Ginger Baker!

There have been many since who have confirmed -- and helped me grow -- my love of playing the drums, but it was Ginger who started it all for me.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Dave Lemonds on September 20, 2004, 12:59 PM
My Dad, no question. My Grandmother showed me a picture of my Dad in a big band, and that was it, I had to be like Dad!
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Sean Welch on September 20, 2004, 01:23 PM
My Grandmother.

She'd been telling me since I was a little kid that I should be a drummer.  Unfortunately I didn't take that advice to heart until I was over 30 :o

Listen to your elders!  ;D
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Post by: ozar on September 20, 2004, 01:40 PM
I always enjoyed listening to the different drums in the marching band at our local football games as a kid.  When I got to be a high schooler, my best friend got a drum set and it was really tough trying to get him off his set so I could play it.

This caused me to go out and buy my own set.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Dead Trooper on September 20, 2004, 01:48 PM
I built a drumset out of cans when I was 3. Don't know why. I was fascinated with drums but not so much with music.

When I turned 9, I was given a set. To me it was an awesome toy, until I heard Metallica a few months later. That changed my life completely.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: agogobil on September 20, 2004, 03:28 PM
When I was around 8 or so, it was a Stan Freberg comedy recording of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".  It had a drummer (Alvin Stoller) that overplayed his snare part, much to the chagrin of the singer.  My older brothers also had a lot of jazz recordings which had Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and others that I'd put on the record player.
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Post by: percussionmonkey1 on September 20, 2004, 04:45 PM
Neil Peart, and John Bonham are the big influences.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Stewart Manley on September 20, 2004, 04:49 PM
Carl Palmer. Seeing him on the Brain Salad Surgery tour in 1974 was a life-changer.
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Post by: incdrummer on September 20, 2004, 04:50 PM
Alex Van Halen, Bill Ward, Bonham and Paice here.
Listening to these 4 greats made me pick up the stix.
Also my Dad was a touring drummer so i was bound to follow... :).
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Jim Martin (cavanman) on September 20, 2004, 05:31 PM
Early subliminal:
My uncle took me to a "Young People's Concert" (5 years old?) and we sat next to the percussion section on the carpet. I have vague memories of large orchestral crash cymbals being played.

Later:
Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad
Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie
John Bonham

Many more after that...

 :D
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Ryan Culberson on September 20, 2004, 05:49 PM
In order of "first inspiration":

Alex Van Halen

John Bonham

Stewart Copeland

Ritchie Hayward

Bonzo remains my all-time favorite!  
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Dave Heim on September 20, 2004, 06:23 PM

Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad

Ditto!  I'm *still* playing stuff I stole from Don Brewer!
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Post by: buzz57 on September 20, 2004, 09:31 PM
Actually, nobody. It was *drums* that inspired me to take up drums. I was just captivated by them when I was about 12. Just something about those shiny kits...the sound..the feel..the power.Played on stacks of books before getting my first kit. Once I really got into it of course, my heros became defined...Bill Ward of Sabbath, Bonzo, hell just about any drummer..they were gods to me back then, hehe. (Well ok, Bonzo is still a god)  ;)
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Post by: Danno on September 21, 2004, 01:41 AM
Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees.

I was eight years old and I wanted to be like Mickey Dolenz, so I propped up my brother's old broken-down marching snare on a chair in the basement, and stood a little plastic table covered with silverware next to it to act as a cymbal. If I hit the table, the silverware jangled around - I was eight, it was close enough. The next year I replaced the table with a metal rod taped to the snare shell, with erector set pieces bolted to the top. I fanned them out, and it sorta looked like a cymbal. Sounded like one too, until eight minutes later when all the erector set pieces were bent and ruined. Good thing they were my brother's and not mine.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Kelly Minnis on September 21, 2004, 06:14 AM
Peter Criss, initially.  then Neil Peart.
Title: Re:Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: vertijoe on September 21, 2004, 06:31 AM
Ginger Baker!

There have been many since who have confirmed -- and helped me grow -- my love of playing the drums, but it was Ginger who started it all for me.


Oh yeah!  That was the other band I couldn't get enough of.  White Room was the first tune, I really learned how to play.  I heard a rumor, that they use to set his kit up in the trailer of the trucks on route to gigs, and shut him in so he could play in route.  I don't know if it's true, but it adds to the legend anyway.   ;D
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Post by: DougB on September 21, 2004, 08:19 AM
Actually, nobody. It was *drums* that inspired me to take up drums. I was just captivated by them when I was about 12. Just something about those shiny kits...the sound..the feel..the power.

I have to say I had a similar experience.  I loved rock and roll and didn't really have a specific drummer that spurred me on.  I just had the beat in me and it eventually came out.

I really got motivated to buy a drum set when I started seeing bands in night clubs when I was 18.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: felix on September 21, 2004, 09:07 AM
The H.S. quad player- he had the best looking girlfriends.   ;D

By the time I was a senior, it was like I had become this person- really not the best role model either.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: LT500man on September 21, 2004, 10:04 AM
For me it was the love of music that got the itch going. Then seeing Ringo and the Beatles on Ed Sullivan nailed it down. I have loved Rock & Roll my whole life and Drums were always my favorite part of any "Band"
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: mully on September 24, 2004, 03:28 AM

(I previously posted this to rec.music.makers.percussion)

My brother and a few friends were trying to start a band - we were all still at school - and I went to watch them practice. While they were taking a break, I asked the drummer could I try playing his drums.  He showed me his complete arsenal of drumming skills  (boom-chick-boom-chick) and left me to it.  I tried as hard as I could, but just couldn't get it together, and I was thinking "Nothing that looks this easy can be this hard to do!!". So, I tried shifting things on the kit about, and discovered that I could play left-handed quite easily. That was me hooked, I'm afraid.  Then another couple of friends took up drumming at about the same time, we'd show each
other our latest tricks (which were nothing spectacular), and it went from there.  BTW, my brother still gigs, I still gig, the other drummers still gig - two pros, two part-timers.  Of course, we don't get paid for it. (Inland Revenue get-out clause).

Stephen
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Post by: windhorse on September 24, 2004, 05:29 AM
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Post by: Vintage Ludwig on September 24, 2004, 06:40 PM
The first was Bonham, I saw Zep for the 1st time in 1973 at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  I was amazed needless to say with the sound and style of his drums.  Then I saw them again in 1975, and they sounded even better.  So I saved my dough, and took out a loan on my 1st kit.  I aquired it in 1976, a used Ludwig Bonham kit-the same green sparkle kit I have set up now.  I will NEVER part with this kit.  I am still blown away today as I was nearly 30 years ago with its sound!  I get goosebumps sometimes-its that nice!
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Post by: Chris - on September 25, 2004, 11:45 AM
The one and only...... Ringo.  I was a HUGE Beatles fan in my earlier days.
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Post by: philcollinsfan on September 25, 2004, 12:43 PM
Hey all,

 I would actually say the drummer that was in Aunt's BlueGrass Band (We Three Plus). I watched him play at family gathering when I was about 6yo.
 Then when I first heard my man Phil on Hello I must be Going I said yes thats my insturment, since my brother was already playing guitar.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Bart Elliott on September 25, 2004, 02:20 PM
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass is who got me really interested in music back in the early 70's.

As far as drums ... nobody/nothing inspired me to start playing! I wanted to play trombone when I went into the school band program, but the band director suggested that I play drums in the percussion section ... so I did ... and stuck with it now for almost 30 years.
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Post by: mc01 on September 25, 2004, 02:52 PM
When I was a toddler my mother would give me wooden spoons, & park me in the kitchen floor in front of the pots & pans.  I would band away happily for hours.  Plus, she had a friend would played the drums in a jazz band.

Later in life it was Robert Sweet, Tommy Lee, & Neil Peart.

Nowadays..................It's in my blood!
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Roger Beverage on September 26, 2004, 07:27 PM
I started off as a trumpet player because there was a trumpet in the house.  In an effort to get the 5th grade band up and running, the band director marked all the music with which keys to press for each note.
There was no money in the budget for private lessons and when we moved to the next town, I would have had to be able to actually read the music so I signed up for drums, as I thought that would be a heck of a lot easier.  As both parents were factory workers, they thought  it worth the investment in lessons to keep me from running the streets after schooll
The trumpet was sold to a cousin and a parade drum was bought from a family friend.

Roger
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Post by: speedrolius on September 30, 2004, 03:10 PM
I saw Buddy Rich on some tv show back in the day, when I was just a chump kid.  I couldn't tear my eyes away.  I thought he had something wrong with him!  Later, I found out that it might be possible to get half that good on drums.  Well, maybe....
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Post by: timibud on September 30, 2004, 04:20 PM
When we were little, mom had us try out for a boys choir (my little brother can really sing!) & one thing they had us do was to try & repeat simple rhythm patterns on our hands & thighs that  the conductor played on his hands & thighs. Well I nailed it so well the conductor turned to everyone there & said "This kid should be a drummer!" That is one of my earliest memories & something that has carried me through times of self doubt & defamation of ability attacks!  ;D
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: druma on September 30, 2004, 05:17 PM
My brother.  He wasn't even very good, but I was hooked after seeing him try.
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Post by: ktthedrummer on September 30, 2004, 08:27 PM
Way back when I was 11 I was in love with the band Hansen. (NOT ANYMORE!!!!) I thought that it was awesome that the drummer was the same age as me and playing concerts and touring all over the place, so I decided to play drums cause it was cool. Only then i made a really stupid decision and started playing clarinet instead just cause my friends were even though i hated it. (Never do anything just casue your friends do, let me tell you.) Then i quit that cause it sucked and i joined chior. Then my chior teacher threw a chair into the soprano section cause he was an idiot. I really didn't like him, so i decided to switch back to band and since i had always wanted to play drums anyway i went with that and i absolutely love it.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: LT500man on October 06, 2004, 10:16 AM
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

I remember my Dad listening to them all the time. I loved their music too! its fun to go back and listen to it every now and again.
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Post by: DaveFromColorado on October 07, 2004, 07:33 PM
.. I'd have to say my Uncle Bill - every time we visited them in TX (twice) I got to play his drums, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world - he taught me my first beat (standard rock beat)

  I finally made a decision last year, to not work on my Mustang, and instead get a set of drums - I had $300 cash, and I wanted* those drums BAD - so I've got 'em, since then, I got my new heads, and cymbols - I hadn't had the chance to play for the past few months, between moving, and working - but now I've got 'em set up again, and I'm takin' at LEAST an hour each day to just bang on 'em if nothin' else.

--Dave.
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Post by: optomagis on October 08, 2004, 12:01 AM
I was a pots and pans fan. Loved 'em. But my inspiration is always Danny Carey. Just untouchable
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Post by: BahamaMama on October 08, 2004, 10:50 PM
I posted this in my "Hey I'm new here" and  have pasted from that:  
"I've only been playing for 4 years.  I started a little late in life.  My son signed up for band in middle school.  They put him in percussion because he had piano experience.  We bought a drumset a year later.  I said, "That looks like fun.  Show me how to do that."  And I've been completely hooked ever since.  I took lessons for about 3 years and am thinking about starting up lessons again."  
To elaborate on that, when I signed up for band in middle school, they stuck me on the flute.  I was always fascinated with drums, but was too shy to go for it.  In my little Southeastern Okla. town, the girls were usually woodwinds.  I think the only reason I enjoyed marching in parades was the awesome "cadence" our drum section provided.
Now that I'm drumming, looking back on the music I loved over the years, it all includes great drums.   I've been a Led Zeppelin fan from day one.  I'm in a little garage band right now and we're playing a lot of Hendrix, a little Stevie Ray and some more traditional blues.  

I guess I was inspired by my son to give it try, inspired by John Bonham, and continually inspired by any random thing I hear on radio in the car that makes my want to rush home and try to do it.



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Post by: ICTDrummer on October 09, 2004, 11:25 PM
I started out as a guitarist and about 6 years in i stopped playing to take up drums... i think that there was 3 bands/drummers that got me really into it.  Jose from Incubus, Joey from Slipknot, and The drummer from Flaw
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Post by: cupcake on October 10, 2004, 01:48 PM
im gonna say dave lombardo from slayer because he was so fast or neil peart


charlie watts and john bonham also
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: ritarocks on October 10, 2004, 02:56 PM
My dad--<played tablas and was taking kit lessons at the time>-it seems that many drummers I meet, their dads are drummers too.

I was 13 when I first started playing drums  (I played piano before that).  I was way inspired by a lot of 80's hard rock <Van Halen, old Metallica, Dio, Priest...>

I think it was the Master of Puppets <Metallica> and Crue's Too Fast for Love albums, though, that really sent me over the edge to the point of no return.

Oh yeah, and listening to classic rock like Zep and Jimi and Santana.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: MOUSE on October 11, 2004, 03:35 AM
My first piano lessons which i failed miserably at  ;D
My brother got me into the pipe band as a drummer at 12, but i
I think it was after watching "Easy Rider" i had to go and buy a kit and learn the Steppenwolf classic Born to be wild, it was so cool back then.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: BigBillInBoston on October 11, 2004, 09:20 AM
Like several others who have posted, I always knew I wanted to be a drummer...pots and pans, better at keeping/remembering rhythmic patterns than other kids, watching drummers live or on TV when ever I could.

This interest I had from an early age was augmented by having one of the best role models possible when I was old enough to start taking lessons and playing in school bands (5th grade). The school instrumental music teacher in the little town I grew up in's main instrument was percussion. Not only was he way cool, played jazz, gigged regularly in his spare time and was a first rate clinician and music contest judge, he was way more hip and happening than any other adult I knew. (Did I mention the beautiful set of red sparkle Ludwigs he had that I completely drooled over as a 10 year old in the late 50's)  :)?

We knew he was too good for our little school. After a few years he went on first to a much bigger high school than on to be a professor in a a very good college program where I met up with him again and played in the college jazz band and percussion groups he led.

He later went to to be a clinician/artist endorsement/new product guy for Premier than later Yamaha. He was (and is) a great guy and extremely inspiring to an aspiring 10 year old drummer.

BigBill  
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Post by: Bob Pettit on October 12, 2004, 08:06 AM
The Disney movie "Johnny Shiloh", about a drummer boy in the Civil War.

I was 8 when I saw that movie and soon after got my first toy snare marching drum with strap. By 10 I had a real snare and was taking leasons in school band.
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Post by: ritarocks on October 12, 2004, 09:15 AM
The Disney movie "Johnny Shiloh", about a drummer boy in the Civil War.

Cool--I'll have to check out that movie!  I've never heard of it---thanks for the heads up 8)
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Post by: smoggrocks on October 12, 2004, 09:41 AM
i always had a thing for rhythm; even in utero, according to my mom, but i never considered asking for drums coz we always lived in apartments.

nigel olsen [elton john's early drummer] piqued my interest as a tween. i thought that photo of him on the back of the 'caribou' album rocked -- he looked cool and i wanted to be like him, and i liked how his drums sounded.

but it wasn't till i was 30 that my boyfriend encouraged me to go for it. he said he knew i'd make a good drummer. so he really inspired me.
then, when i saw terri lyne carrington play, it sealed the deal. it was very motivating to see a woman really burn on the kit.
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Post by: dannydrumperc on October 12, 2004, 11:25 AM
Well … this kind of weird … but I first got interested in drums because of my fourth grade classmates. Rap was starting to get known here in Puerto Rico. All my classmates were doing these strange rhythms with their mouths, mimicking drumbeats. I knew nothing about that because no one in my family listened that music (not yet today :P). So I soon found out what was that when rappers started appearing on local TV.

Then I started watching MTV and that was something that changed my life forever. Watching Alex VanHalen, Tico Torres, Ricky Rocket, Tommy Lee and Lars Ulrich  :o (just to name a few) was very determinant in my future decision.

I started fifth grade in a new school (and new town). They have a music program that doesnt belong to any particular school that gather students from all the local schools. My mother wanted my to took sax, but I was already in love with drums. I didnt played a full drumset until two years later, but in two more years I was the #1 drummer of the percussion section. Then joined the Puerto Rico Education Dept. band when I was 15 years old 8).

But I have always had good ears and rhythm. I discovered by myself about 2-3 and 3-2 clave way before taking music lesson. I think this is something that was inevitable meant to be. ;D
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Post by: samto on October 12, 2004, 12:53 PM
my sister was an orchestral percussionist and one day i got dragged along to one of her concerts, and saw someone playing drum kit.  i went home and got lesson, woo.  
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Post by: will_tm on October 12, 2004, 03:41 PM
All my dads old records inspired me to take up drums. On Saturday mornings my sister and I would have swimming lessons. On the way to the swimming lessons we got to listen to our dads cd's in the car. My sister would always play air guitar and I would play air drums. I think the cd's floating around at the time were Sting, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams. I have no idea who the drummers were then or what the albums were, I just remember jigging along in the back of the car waving my arms about.
When I was 7 I started lessons and at 8 I got a drum kit for christmas. I played and played and played but was never very good. At age 11 I couldnt find a drum teacher so I quit.
5 years later I had 3 really good friends that I used to listen to music with all the time. One day when I wasnt there they decided to make a band. I turned up a week later expecting to listen to music and was confronted with a set of drums and sticks were thrust into my hands.
2 hours playing together later we were still rubbish but apparantly good enough to play at someones birthday party which we did.
Since then I have been in love with drums.
My main influences then were the drummers from unknown Sting, Phil Collins and Bryan Adams albums as well as Abe Cunningham from the Deftones, Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters and Roger Taylor from Queen. Recently my major influences have been Abe Laboriel Jr and John Bonham.
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Post by: JohnD on October 18, 2004, 11:26 PM
When I was 4 I used to watch The Great Space Coaster on TV.  There was a guy on there who played drums, which i thought was the coolest thing ever.
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Post by: dannydrumperc on October 19, 2004, 09:21 AM
Oh, and my stomach still feel the buterflies whenever I listen to the Flintstone's theme. Now I think that maybe THAT was what catched my attention toward drums. Man, I'll never play that fast!
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Post by: Dave Heim on October 19, 2004, 09:39 AM
The "I Dream of Jeannie" theme has a lot of drums in it, too!
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Post by: detroitsnare on October 20, 2004, 07:21 PM
i made my self do it .i loved drums all my life i knew when i was lik 4 i was goin to be a drummer. know im learning from the best drummer in detroit michigan(recardo lott)
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Post by: dragonmstr on October 28, 2004, 08:29 PM
Well i am still a kid (15) but i wanted to become a drummer (still nto to good) because when i was listening to FearFactory there drummer is crazy with his bass drum and it sounds great. Also me and my friends are starting a band and im the only one who can affort drum's.
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Post by: Chip Donaho on October 28, 2004, 08:45 PM
I listened to music on a home made crystal head set when I was in grade school. (Now that's old.) I was listening to an Iowa dance the night the Big Bopper died.  :( .... But it was Steve Johnston, the drummer for the Trashmen (famous song-"Surfin Bird"). He gave me free lessons when he had his set at his girlfriends house around 1959 or 1960....Then I was real inspired by Bobby Bailey when I seen him play with Jerry Lee Lewis around 1962. I recently bought a set from him. We became friends and contact each other weekly....After all these years, it is a small World....    8)
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Post by: JacoWeckl on October 29, 2004, 02:18 AM
Billy Cobham's Spectrum album and Return to Forever's Romantic Warrior album, just some fantastic drum work
Danny- just practice. 240 bpm isnt unattainable it's just fast
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Post by: swede on November 17, 2004, 12:58 AM
I have an excellent memory, however I can't remember not liking drums. A few memories that cemented it for me:<1> my dad bringing home a new Henry Mancini album that had the theme from Peter Gunn (killer ride cymbal-drummer unknown to me)<2> my grandfather taking our family out to dinner & dancing when I was 3-5? yrs old and taking me up to meet the drummer he knew, who asked if I would like to play along with him. He then gave me one stick and and @ the proper que I kept time on either the cymbal or a tom? (it was that long ago) and then enjoying all the dancers saying "look @ the drummer"!<3> then the 1st album I owned, Herb Alpert & TB--Going Places, was played over & over while I kept time on Revereware "cymbals" and Quaker Oats "drums", using #2 pencil "sticks". ps: even though I had already got my first kit, (w/the help of my Grandfather and Father) I was very inspired by seeing Buddy Rich perform live!!
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: FungusHumungous on November 17, 2004, 06:22 AM
When I was 3 my dad was a sax player and his drummer sat me down behind his kit during a rehearsal in some night club. That got me hooked I think. A few years later I remember seeing guys like Ringo, Buddy Rich, Stewart Copeland etc. on TV. I never dreamed about another instrument again. ;D
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Post by: dannydrumperc on November 17, 2004, 12:55 PM
Danny- just practice. 240 bpm isnt unattainable it's just fast
Yeah, that must be easy to say if your eal name is your ussername :D

About your signature: who's that Wilson guy. He most be a prophet, ain'tt he?
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Post by: Snaredrum on November 20, 2004, 10:32 AM
My Dad  has always had a band and he is a guitar player. Back in the day he had one of the BIG Gibsons. The case from that  BIG Guitar was my bed on the back of the stage when I was a baby. The drummer was right next to my nifty bed. It was like being in heaven.
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Post by: pnewsom on November 21, 2004, 02:56 PM
Though I wasn't a kid when I was first inspired to play drums, I have always felt a certain kinship with the drummers I have worked with.
A friend who I play with also writes for Modern Drummer and he invited me to the festival a couple of years in a row(1997, 98). Being backstage during those weekends was fasinating! Meeting and watching such great drummers play, and observing what a nice community of musicians all these people were, really made me wish I was a drummer too. I even found myself sitting at the same table as Jack DeJohnette and Steve Ferrone one night!
Anyhow, a few of years later, I sold a guitar amp I had kicking around, and put the money towards my first kit.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: xdrummer2000 on November 23, 2004, 11:35 AM
This is quite ironic and redundant actually, but still, here it goes. The guy that inpired me was actually a real jerk towards me. He didn't have any faith in me, he didn't like me, and he also said he would always be better than me. I tried to be more humble than I actually should have(I called myself a starter, and back then I was a novice), and he used that against me.

But now, not to be cocky, I am probably better than he is. Anyway, this was back when I started 7th grade, and I am in 10th now. I have come quite a ways in a relatively short time, but think about it, jerks have their place in the world. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Also, I think I have always had a natural love for drums. I remember a long, long time ago when I was in preschool and I used to watch those little kid shows, I remember thomas the tank engine was one of my favorites. There was this jukebox on there and when a coin would go in, there were these little guys in there who would play music with actual instruments. I would always be fascinated by the drums. I would always watch the drummer play, the sticks flying, the hi-hats going up and down.

So, while that jerk was the main reason I started drums, I had lots of reasons.
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Post by: felix on November 23, 2004, 12:21 PM
Sounds familiar to me X.  When I was in HS my "idol" was a couple years older than me and he was the dude that made me want to REALLY play drums more than anything else in the world.  I thought he was the coolest guy on the planet.  Then one evening we were drinking an illegal beer with some friends and listening to some tunes and he flat out told me that "I sucked but had potential"... he didn't just say I sucked, but repeated it over and over so it would really sink in.  

But now, not to be cocky, I'm probably better than he is- but that's is such an incredibly stupid concept to even think about *no offense, it just is to me* that he could play a simple 2/4 beat and I would most likely be in awe if I ever got the chance to hear him play again.  I try to play stuff that doesn't suck too bad.  Cause I think everything I play pretty much does.

Some influences just need to be put on a pedistal and left on it... why would you even want to topple and "break" such a beautiful person- the person that inspired you to take up drumming?  Not me.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: keyda on November 23, 2004, 12:36 PM
Since my ass was kicked by Marky Ramone, i don't say anything but 1..2..3..4 !!!!!!
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: neil on November 27, 2004, 02:26 PM
Lars Ulrich and Neil Peart, have you seen neil's kit, this guy has like 7 arms, I said to my self, I have just seen god on drums
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: xdrummer2000 on November 28, 2004, 08:03 PM
Lars Ulrich and Neil Peart, have you seen neil's kit, this guy has like 7 arms, I said to my self, I have just seen god on drums

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

Well, your user name shows that peart is one of your inspirations. I must agree that he is one of the gods of drumming, and deserves every bit of credit he got.
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Post by: matthias on December 31, 2004, 12:35 PM
joey jordison, neil pert, and mike portnoy
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Post by: DaveGink on December 31, 2004, 02:17 PM
Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees.

I was eight years old and I wanted to be like Mickey Dolenz, so I propped up my brother's old broken-down marching snare on a chair in the basement, and stood a little plastic table covered with silverware next to it to act as a cymbal. If I hit the table, the silverware jangled around - I was eight, it was close enough. The next year I replaced the table with a metal rod taped to the snare shell, with erector set pieces bolted to the top. I fanned them out, and it sorta looked like a cymbal. Sounded like one too, until eight minutes later when all the erector set pieces were bent and ruined. Good thing they were my brother's and not mine.

Micky Dolenz for me too. Only I was making my first drums out of my Mom's tupperware bowls.  ;D

a few years Later it was Neil Peart and Carl Palmer.
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Post by: Ian on December 31, 2004, 04:59 PM
Well, I started off just being drawn towards drums for some reason, but my main influence was a guy called Paul. He was the lead drummer in my school's drum corps, and was really a great guy, a really good teacher/mentor and really inspired me to keep learning and improving. Unfortunately, he eventually had to leave and afterwards I didn't really enjoy it as much and ended up leaving the corps.
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Post by: Ranman on December 31, 2004, 05:31 PM
I was born in Canada and when I was 16 a friend of mine asked me if I would go join Air Cadets with him (a youth organization).
While I was sitting there, I sat watching thier marching band practicing.
They happen to have a couple of great snare drummers.
The looks on those snare drummers faces made me want to be a drummer.
That look of coolness and pride knowing they can do about anything they put thier minds to with thier hands and swing while doing made me feel the grove with my heart because they were playing it with thiers.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: Jimmy on January 01, 2005, 08:46 AM
My father was a drummer in bands when I was growing up so he was my biggest inspiration to play. My mom tells the story of when I was very young playing on Quaker oatmeal boxes with little drumsticks. Around 1969 my dad purchased a brand new gold sparkle Ludwig Hollywood classic kit. Man when I saw them I was immedately hooked and new I wanted to become a drummer. I was only 6 when he got the Ludwig kit but he still let me play them. However my dad did get me a little red sparkle no name kit for Christmas the following year and the rest was history.  From then on I was playing to records in my bedroom. Everything from Buck Owens to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: AMAC on January 01, 2005, 11:53 AM
Seeing Blue Man Group 4 years ago.

I had wanted to play drums ever since I was a little kid in kindergarden. I always thought that drums were the absoulute coolest instrument in bands....  Just the size of the drum kits up on stage, the playing of the drummer behind them... drummers always seemed to be this larger-than-life type thing to me, so I naturally had an interest.

By the time I hit 7th grade my interest was still there, but I just didn't do anything with it. When I went to see Blue Man Group play, though, that just set me off.
Title: Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: ChrisD on January 02, 2005, 08:43 AM
I srarted playing drums in 1946 at the age of 4.
My father was a professional drummer in the 1930's. / 40's. / 50's.  
I also studied piano for a while at school.
Had drum and tuned percussion lessons from my dad. I played every chance i had. No football, no hanging about........Just drums !!
Turned pro aged 15. Now aged 63, i am still a full time musician. My life revolves around music (mostly jazz now) all of the time.
 
 
ChrisD.
Title: Re:Who inspired you to take up drums?
Post by: rockintheford on May 02, 2005, 11:49 PM
Well, I suppose it was the fact that as a three year old through 10 year old I listened to Dave matthews band constantly because of my babysitter.

Then my first middle school band concert, (i was playing the trumpet) I saw the jazz band. And Rachel Williams a big, cool 8th grader playing the drums. and she ROCKED. it was amazing. and i realized that i wanted to play the drums....

Another thing is my piano teacher at the time was a very strict person. when i announced i was switching to drums she says "ooh gabi, dont do it." so that even inspired me more.

Now I find myself still listening to dave matthews band, how many of you listen to them?
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Post by: Todd Norris on May 03, 2005, 10:11 PM
My dad got me interested.  He played in his early years and when I was a kid, he would set up his 1957 Gretsch once in while to "scratch the itch".  In the 4th grade I was able to join band and it only took a minute or two to decide on drums.  I played up through my freshman year in college until I hung it up for about 8 years.  Now I've been back at it for over 10 years (but set for only the last 6).  It's more a part of my life than I ever could have imagined.  And though my playing isn't anything "special", I do well in the outlets that I have.