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Which side of the drummer?

Postby Happy Face » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:55 pm

yeah, sort of a lame-O topic, but it came to mind this weeknd while I sit and work on a writing a project (much to my wife's delight).

I play music through headphones and notice I swap 'em around so that the bass comes in through the left ear. Not sure why, but that feels natural. Got me thinking (as if I needed another excuse not to work) about which side of the drummer I've mostly played on. I realized that since high school, it's always been to his right. So I'm turned with my left ear to the amp when i'm not singing. Must be it.

( Not all good since I recall during my draft physical my left ear had already lost some bass response. And that was 1973! Of course, I've not had it checked since.... what you don't know....)

Anyway, curious if any of you have a preference.....
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby aussiemark » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:28 pm

I know it's the de facto standard to be on the drummer's left (so you can hear the snare, yada yada yada), and that's where I am most of the time, but I actually prefer to stand on their right because I find it's easier for me to turn slightly to my left to have eye contact with the drummer when needed. If I'm standing on the left and turn to the right then I can't keep an eye on what my left hand is doing.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby harleyyy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:01 pm

Left side, but only to have the kick drum foot (or feet), in view.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby Jerry » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:50 pm

Most of my life it was mostly on the drummers left, it just always seemed to be a little more room there. But, my main gig these days, I'm on the right because I really have to keep a eye on the leader.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby randall » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:04 pm

I prefer the right. I can see the drummer, and the guitar player's hands on that side if he's to my left. A rightie guitar player only has to turn a few degrees to let me watch his changes.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby shamus63 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:23 am

High-hat side. I always lock-in better when I've got the high-hat within a couple of feet of me.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby Mike Childree » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:33 am

Left side if I'm playing electric bass, for all the reasons above....plus I can keep my headstock from hitting anything if I turn inward to the right. If I'm playing upright, I like to set up on the right so I can see inward without turning.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby hmagman » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:09 am

shamus63 wrote:High-hat side. I always lock-in better when I've got the high-hat within a couple of feet of me.

Yep, high-hat side...
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby ghiadub » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:40 am

I have a strong preference for the drummers right side because I like to see him and my neck in the same view. Seeing his bass drum beater is good if I cannot hear the bass drum so great.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby jshilgebass » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:50 am

I'm a switch-hitter. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]

I've never really had a preference as to which side of the drummer to stand and play. It's seems to depend on the set-up environment at the time of the gig....in short, I put my rig where there's room for me. I tend to listen for the overall "beat" of the band as a whole, and get cues from the strumming of the guitar, the stick movement/high-hat motion/bass pedal foot of the drummer, keyboard chord comping, etc. I guess I rely (slightly) more on my ears than I do visual cues.

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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby Mr. Mom » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:43 am

I'm with Joe. Don't matter to me none. Just set me up where there's a lttle elbow room for me.

And it's not a lame-o topic at all, IMO.
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby Gil Escalera » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:09 pm

Typically... the LEFT side. I play drums right handed [when I played drums] as do most drummers. Most time is spent on Kick/Snare/High-Hat which puts your head looking slightly angled to your left. It's easier, and more comfortable, to make eye contact with the bassist when he's on your left; at least it was/is for me. This is important for timing. As a bassist, I too like having a good HH for following the drummers meter and having a good visual shot at the kick pedal/foot. For these reasons I prefer the left.

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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby hoytbasses » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:48 pm

doesn't matter to me : as long as I can make eye contact with the drummer. In all honesty, over the last ten years or so, I'm so attuned to the drummers I work with that I sort of instinctively lock in with what they're doing and vice versa without much thought at all...... It's shocking when i come up with some kind of run or turnaround and the drummer is right there locked in with me, or if he takes a walk around the kit, i'm there with him....... no thought involved, just feeling it. That's fun!
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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:44 pm

Stage left, please.


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Re: Which side of the drummer?

Postby Happy Face » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:14 am

Good point on being next to the high-hat. In the band I was in before the current one, the drummer was a lefty! So that's why I was on the right...!
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