Science: Drummers’ Brains Are Actually Different
Being a drummer, I’ve heard all of the jokes. I’ve also been told at times that my brain wasn’t “quite right.” Well, according to a scientific study, it’s apparently true…but in a good way. I’ve always tried to be a problem-solver, and this study shows that trait is part and parcel with being able to lay a solid groove “in the pocket.” But, hey…don’t take my word for it; read the article and see why I have just gotten a nice, big shot of self-esteem.
Here are the opening paragraphs from the post by Jordan Taylor Sloan at policymic.com:
In the music world, drummer jokes are always popular. Most of them have the same punchline: Drummers are idiots. Take, for example, the following: “How do you tell if the stage is level? The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth.”
Whether it’s being ruthlessly mocked for their idiocy, repeatedly killed in This Is Spinal Tap or just lusted after less often than the lead guitarist (whom we’ve already studied), drummers walk a tough road. But it turns out science holds them in really high regard: They have a rare, innate ability to problem-solve and change those around them.
There’s more to it, and you can read the whole thing by clicking the link below. Now, I’m off to practice my paradiddles, flams and ratamacues.