Hi Steve , I was wondering what drummers influenced you early on, whether you learned many rudiments and whether you played mainly behind the beat with Mick. Thanks

Some drummers push the snare which I really like, but I fell into playing precisely on the beat. I never play behind the beat. Influences are discussed in the upcoming book by Anthony Reynolds, (I think). Not learned any rudiments because I never took lessons. My source was to learn from others playing on recordings, tv or live …. no rudiments there … and there were no youtube tutorials back then! If there were I would have probably been a very different player. Actually, I recently learned to play Steve Gadd’s 32nd note funk beat from ‘School of Music Online’ just for the heck of it. Good fun when you get it up to speed. I reckon it could stave off dementia 🙂

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