The 10 worst things about playing the drums
20 February 2015, 17:18
With Whiplash set to make a splash (geddit?) at the Oscars, we take a look at the worst aspects of taking up the sticks. Calluses are the very least of your worries.
Everyone's counting on you to set the tempo, drum guy. Don't let the speed get away from you, or you'll ruin everyone's day.
2. Orchestral parts aren't always the most demanding
No matter what fun the orchestra are having, getting stuck into their meaty, challenging parts, the percussion section have to just provide a bit of oom-pah.
Ever felt like your hands are ablaze with the heat of a thousand suns? No? Clearly you've never paradiddled for hours at a time before rehearsals have even started.
4. Drum face
Effort is not pretty.
5. Sticks are hard to hang on to
They're slippery, thin and they just will not behave themselves. Just when you think you've got a handle on them, your sticks will magically leap from your hands at the most inopportune moment, like this indie-schmindie guy in his parents' front room.
6. It's easy to get carried away
Seriously, pal. Calm down.
7. Marching bands
It's fine for everyone else who can see where they're going. Drummers not only have to keep the beat, they have to remain upright.
It's like this, but forever. And ever.
9. The absolute pressure to be the fastest
It might not look like he's doing much, but just LOOK AT HIS FACE.
10. Drummers' rage
You know what people say. 'Oh, drumming must be great for taking out all your frustration!' If only it were that simple.