Well, because men have always dominated the music industry, and I think there are some incredible female musicians out there from the past, as well as
the present. Unsung heroes, if you will. I keep an eye on these ladies, because female musicians are growing in number, and in my opinion, we're going
to see more of them playing key roles in great bands. In this thread, I'd like to focus on drummers. I think it was Cardiff who did a thread not long
ago on female guitarists.
In this thread, I'm going to give my own short list. I have several elements I think make up a great drummer. Skill, consistency, passion, vision,
interaction, and style. The drummer sets the tone and momentum of the band. So the very basics of their skill set become the most important, along
with the energy they bring to the music being played. We all love drum solos, but an awesome drum solo won't tell you the caliber of drummer you're
listening to. It's when they play a set with the band, that you get personality, and all the other facets that make a drummer. Sometimes it's subtle.
Sometimes not so subtle. Without further adieu, here's my personal short list, off the top of my head. I'm sure I will miss some good musicians, so
please feel free to add to the list.
Note I have not chosen these drummers based on the band they were in, or whether I liked or disliked their music.
Karen Carpenter: Yep. I went there. Karen may be one of the best on this list, because she wasn't just a drummer. She was a percussionist. Not on the
level of Evelyn Glennie, but a good percussionist nevertheless. Not the best quality, but you can get an idea of her abilities
Sheila E.: Also a percussionist, as well as a powerful drummer. Her reputation precedes her, so not much else need be said.
Cindy Blackman: Now married to Carlos Santana. Cindy has had a long and accomplished career as a drummer. She now plays with Santana, but has played
with Kravitz. Short solo.
Roxy Petrucci: Yeah I know. She's from an all female hair band named Vixen. But that doesn't mean she wasn't talented. She certainly was.
Sandy West: Joan Jett raved about Sandy's skills, and once compared her to Bonham. I'm not so sure she was a Bonham, but she was certainly a
consistent and solid drummer who received little recognition. Runaways
Jen Ledger: Started drumming professionally at the age of 18. She was asked to try out for the Christian band Skillet. They were impressed, and chose
her out of ten other drummers. She has steadily grown as a drummer, and I like her because she doesn't try to get fancy and showy. She has a solid
skill set, as well as her own style and personality. She fits like a glove with the band. And...she can sing a little too.
Skillet - Awake and Alive
Carla Azar: Drummer for Autolux, and has played with Jack White. What can I say. She's really good.
Who are your faves?
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