Drummers and bass players have long since waged a war of jokes against each other.
Whilst some of these are undoubtedly funny, we need each other!
Some of the greatest music ever has been created from the foundations of a great rhythm section. It’s important that you study how bass players and drummers interact across a wide variety of styles. Here are a select few to listen to.
Jaco Pastorius + Peter Erskine
Bootsy Collins + Jab’o Starks/Clyde Stubblefield
John Paul Jones + John Bonham
Tony Levin + Steve Gadd
This post would last for days if I listed all the great bass and drum combos. In fact, I have much more to discover and that is the beauty of listening to different styles of music. I highly recommend listening to different styles of music and analysing how the musicians interact. Then, find an amazing drummer and forge a great union with them!
What’s your favourite rhythm section? Comment below.