|Posted: 15 March 2007 at 10:00am | IP Logged | 7
Regarding the drums on Tom Sawyer:
Some of the fills are a bit tricky -- nothing on the level of Buddy Rich, but still take some chops -- but the toughest part, if you play it without cheating, is, imo, the 32nd note ride cymbal patterns (ti-ti-tibby-ti-ti-ti, ti-ti-tibby-tibby-ti-ti-ti) that follow a bit after the solo (after " ... but change is!").
If you just push the stick into the head and let it bounce, you'll get the speed (but it will sound like shit). If you use actual single strokes via Moeller, push-pull, etc., those 32nds are damn tough to play. Not many drummers outside of jazz could pull it off as clean as Neil does, I don't think. Most people would simply cheat (come to think of it, so would some jazzbos).
Other than that, the song isn't all too hard.
Neil's trickiest songs came from the early-to-mid 1980s, imo. Albums like Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Hold Your Fire gave us some tough ones. A lot of limb independence challenges, fast one-handed work and odd patterns. Not easy at all, but hardly top level, I don't think. I couldn't play that stuff (not cleanly ... I probably could cheat it, of course). But anyone on the Bruford level and up could, in my opinion.
Edited by Frank Robert on 15 March 2007 at 10:02am