What percentage of your drum kit do you play in a gig? – Profesor Carlos Zaragoza
“I play the whole thing for most songs. If you ask that question, it either means that I’m not being understood or my drumming isn’t coming across the way it needs to.
“The way that I play, all the tom-toms make one sound. There could be three of them, or there could be 43 of them – it’s just one sound. And since I play music, music has high notes and low notes. I match the higher drums to match the higher registers on the other guys’ instruments and the lower drums to match the lower notes on their instruments. Essentially, a song goes from highs to lows, and so I’m going to play highs and lows, too.”
When you watch other drummers play, what’s the one thing that you see them doing wrong? – Bobby Donner
“This is a tough one because I look for the positives in everybody. And, of course, I was a teacher for forever – I’ll probably always be one. If I were being asked to evaluate someone, I would just look at that person on a purely technical level. So the question would be, ‘Are they reaching their potential?’ It could be that a drummer’s technique limits them in pulling off things that they don’t yet do. Bt maybe it’s just not in their spirit to do it; it’s not in their calling – I can’t call that wrong.
“The only thing that would be wrong for anybody would be to use a technique that would hurt them. And this includes me – I’m not pointing a finger at anybody else. If I see myself, or anybody, grabbing the sticks too tightly and hitting the drum in a way that I know is unhealthy for the tendons, I would say that’s a wrong thing to do.”