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Drum Kit Studies
  • ISSN: 2397-6721
  • E-ISSN: 2397-673X

Abstract

Drummers, in providing a cohesive role in a group setting, are generally valued by other instrumentalists depending on their ability to accompany sensitively and supportively; while important to all forms of popular music in which the drum kit features, the part itself is usually not created to exist independently. In recent times of lockdown and enforced isolation during the first half of 2020, drummers have found themselves deprived of the ability to make music with other people in a traditional live setting. This article examines the drummer’s reliance on the group, the value that this gives the drum kit, and the implications for identity and purpose of the drummer. In reflecting on the author’s own situation of musical ‘standstill’, and in conversation with other drummers, this article discusses the consequences this has for the drum kit (creative autonomy as an instrument) and for the drummer (implications for drummer’s self-identity), in how it may be taught, learned and viewed in the wider context of music making.

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2021-07-01
2023-02-07
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