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50 Inspiring Quotes from Famous Drummers

If you’re a drummer, then you know that drumming is more than just a hobby or passion – it’s a way of life. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of hitting those drums and creating music with other musicians. And if you’re looking for some inspiration, then check out these 50 most inspiring drum quotes for best drummers. These inspiring drums quotes will help keep you motivated and moving forward in your drumming career!

The following inspiring drum quotes come from various musicians. Some work as drummers, pianists, and even songwriters. Everything has a meaning that can inspire anyone to become a great drummer in the future. What are the inspiring drum quotes in question? This is the review.

1.“To be a drummer you also have to be a musician.” –Ian Paice

2. “Drummers shouldn’t just think of themselves as drummers. If you’re going to be a musician, you should expand your horizons, compose things, and work with other instruments.” –Stewart Copeland

3. “I’m not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I’m a drummer that sings a bit.” –Phil Collins

4. “I want to keep pushing the limits for drummers and expressing myself.” –Travis Barker

5. “Average band with a great drummer sounds great, great band with an average drummer sounds average.” –Buddy Rich

6. “Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at.” –John Bonham

7. “Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic. It all depends on how you use the tools.” –Don Henley

8. “You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.” –Billy Higgins

9. “Anything that broadens your musicality always moves the way you write drum or guitar parts.” –Philip Selway

10. “God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can.” –Ginger Baker

11. “If it doesn’t come from your heart, music just doesn’t work.” –Levon Helm

12. “What drives me is really just being able to be a blessing to someone, you know. I really enjoy that, and as much as I can do, I will.” – Sheila Escovedo

13. “I think female drummers are great. I think there should be more of them.” – Sean Kinney

14. “People never think of entertainers as being human. When you walk out on stage, the audience thinks, ‘nothing can go wrong with them.’ We get sick and we have headaches just like they do. When we are cut, we bleed.” – Karen Carpenter

15. “Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming from an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing.” –Layne Redmond

16. “What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? ‘Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?’” –Dave Grohl

17. “Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.” – Lionel Hampton

18. “Once I had defined myself as a compositional drummer, I thought, “Well, I want to be an improvisational drummer.”” ~ Neil Peart

19. “Practice makes perfect and even if you think you’re perfect you’re not, keep practicing.” -Eric Moore

20. “My soul is that of a drummer…. I didn’t do it to become rich and famous. I did it because it was the love of my life.” –Ringo Starr

21. “There is no music unless the drum and the drummer are one.” –e. e. cummings

22.“March to the beat of your own drummer.” -Henry David Thoreau

23.“Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm – walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers.” –Billy Joel

24.“Drummers are conductors – we set the pace for the music – so if you’re not relaxed and feeling right, the whole thing goes out the window.” –Steven Adler

25.“That’s what the drummer is supposed to do. Keep the time. If you can do something else besides that, fine. But the time is essential and non-negotiable.” –Elvin Jones

26.“In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.” –David Amram

27.“I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar” –Robert Wyatt

28.“I’d just play ’til my hands fell off. My parents would yell at me to stop because they couldn’t stand the noise any more! I was terrible! It must have been hard for them to listen to me as a beginning drummer.” –Randy Castillo

29.“Hip Nip just sounds groovy. A drummer laid it on me.” -Pat Morita

30.“I’ve talked to some drummers who seem to have a very hard time staying in shape on the road, including some drummers touring with high-profile acts that don’t have to live on fast food every night.” –Matt Cameron

31.“I would like, with the sun shining through the window on a crisp early-autumnal mid-morning, with a sufficiency of Monster Cappucino flowing in my veins to prompt minimal sentience, to declare my view for the record that Drummer Jokes are a cruel and pernicious form of humour introduced to the world by under-humoured persons lacking in sensitivity and concern for other drummers.” –Robert Fripp

32.“I’ve gotten hernias from drummers when they drop tempo.” –Miles Davis

33.“Almost the moment he died, they put him in Playboy as one of the greatest drummers, which he was – there’s no doubt about it. There’s never been anybody since. He’s one of the greatest drummers that ever lived.” –Jimmy Page

34.”Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.” –Mickey Hart

35.”When you approach this instrument for the first time, what comes out of you is simply what you feel.” – Dennis Chambers

36.”Playing fast around the drums is one thing. But to play music, to play with people for others to listen to, that’s something else. That’s a whole other world.” –Tony Williams

37.”You need to take risks, you never know if the end results will be beautiful or strange, you need to be instantaneous, listening to every moment, without missing a scrap of the music, even if you play a rest.” –Brian Blade

38.”I found that to really make money, you had to give up music. So I gave up money.” –Mel Lewis

39.”Love every minute of it… Appreciate it and try not to get carried away because it can be a short career.” –Topper Headon

40.”Anytime you strike the drums, you have to be aware that you’re creating a musical event.” –Vinnie Colaiuta

41.”Any sound, if it’s in time, has some value.” –Benny Greb

42.“Drumming’s pretty physical. We sit at the back of the stage getting beat up like a workhorse.” –Tommy Lee

43.“Playing with The Who is the biggest rush there is. At eleven years old I used to go to bed dreaming about what I’m doing now. I don’t know how many people can say that.” –Zak Starkey

44.”They’re always saying I’m a capitalistic pig. I suppose I am. But… it’s good for my drumming.” –Keith Moon

45.“It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all.” –Chet Baker

46.“Thank God that I had the ability to understand that I had a different beat and that I was a drummer.” –James Brown

47.“It doesn’t matter what songs we sing. I’m a drummer. Chicks dig me.” ~ Larry Mullen, Jr.

48.“Just because you’re not a drummer doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time.” –Thelonious Monk

49.“I think that the rhythm sections, drummers in particular, are the unsuing heroes of the music. It’s the rhythm section that has changed the styles from one period to the other.” –Max Roach

50.“Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.” –Babatunde Olatunji

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Andrea is a music lover and an experienced drummer with more than 15 years of drumming with different bands and music projects, such as Seditius and Hermano & the Marines.

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