I love drums!!!!! I feel that it is extremely important to stress what having rhythm means to making music with others.
For me, it was a very natural occurrence; my father was a recording and touring drummer. By age 6, I was behind the kit and had found my way to the “rhythm”.
Through the years I was fortunate enough to always be surrounded with musicians playing. I always admired the drummer’s presence. It was clear to me that he was the foundation, the bed of time. How the musicians were moving their heads and swaying to the rhythm spoke to me.
I truly feel that it has shaped the way I approach playing guitar and writing. My guitar playing always got better when, instead of practicing alone, I played with other musicians. It was a way to open up new possibilities on the guitar, broaden the skill set, and push boundaries.
The key to growing as an all-around player is practicing your rhythm. Try with a click (Metronome), try different progressions at various speeds, when playing with other musicians try to get behind the drums (when the Throne is not occupied) and try to hold down a beat, it will help you in your guitar playing.
Playing guitar is one of the coolest things. A guitar player with a solid rhythm and a basic skill set, can walk into a roomful of musicians, and hold her/his own with any band.. If you’re a killer well-rounded player with MAD skills… you will be loved!!!!!
For a great introduction to being a well-rounded musician check out Chuck Treece’s column, this guy is out there and DOING IT!!!