In its 45 years of publication, Modern Drummer has collected essential data from thousands of remarkable drummers, percussionists, and educators. Throughout our 45th anniversary in 2021, we will offer some features that celebrate the musicians, editors, writers, and photographers who have served the drumming community in these pages. So, sit back and absorb ten snippets of advice from some heroes of the kit.
Ginger Baker on Channeling the Music
“As a drummer, you have such a wide selection of sounds, and the trick is to find the right sound for the music. That’s much more of a skill than being able to play lots of different beats nobody else can play. If you can make the right sound for the music so that it sounds right, then you’re a drummer—no matter how little technique you have.”
— May 1993