Thursday, July 9, 2009

WFD and the Drumometer: Impressing Your Girlfriend One Buzz-Stroke at a Time

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

From right here in Nashville, have a look at some champions of the WFD circuit. That's World's Fastest Drummer for the layman, and the organization's existence hinges on an invention mostly useless to anyone other than drummers--reminiscent of the the click-track detector. It's known as the Drumometer, and it's basically a practice pad that counts strokes.

Now, this Matt Smith character seems like a good, earnest kid. But when he says WFD's been getting slammed for "turning music into a sport..." I mean, I can see how that would annoy some folks. Beardy McSpectacles--Boo McAfee--says something about how speed comes from technique, and good technique is the cornerstone of becoming a great musician. And he's right. It's just that...well, are drummers ever going to realize that non-drummers don't often care about how quickly or proficiently we can perform various tricks? Would I be more likely to score a hot date if I could break 800 on the Drumometer? No. Probably not. Irony points: There's a clip from a Ratatat song at the end of the video. Ratatat don't have a drummer, but their name is appropriately onomatopoeic.

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