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Originally posted by Sauron
Real Drummers are leaders of the band. Much like in real life, leaders of men. They set the tempo they are solid, reliable and consistent. They can be counted on to be there at the end. Amateur drummers, like many people just follow along.
To be serious for a minute, one of the best drummers I ever played with - this was in a rock band - told me that the drummer's timekeeping function was a myth, and that it was the business of every musician in the band to play in time. I was forced to acknowledge the truth of this, although it must be said that it's a lot harder to play in time when the drummer isn't. In fact, it's impossible.