SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Snare drums in particular are dangerous instruments. Cymbals too. Snare drums are designed to be heard for miles away. It truly does take maturity and talent as a drummer to have restraint and control over that thing. It doesn't even take a lot of strength to bang on a snare louder than people want to hear it. Cymbals also often sound best when a drummer truly knows the cymbals and knows how to get the best sound out of them. It's very common for drummers to just pound with full force on those things making a sound way, way louder than is needed or appropriate.
The drummer loud thing is true. So often a drummer will start banging at 100% when things get exciting, and many of them will speed up too. Really good drummers know how to build intensity more musically and less bombastically. Sure there should be some intensification, but not too much. Shawn Colvin came to play in St. Louis at a pretty nice club. During sound check her drummer sat on stage, completely un-miked, and tapped on his snare at about 5 different levels from soft to loud. As soon as he hit the snare where he really heard it fill the room, he calibrated his brain and said "that's the hardest I'm gonna hit tonight". So he put a limit on things musically. He was amazing. Drums and cymbals never overpowered the stage or the system. That's serious musical maturity and made for an amazing stage sound for the others and the house.
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