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[–]GrumpyGiraffe 119 points120 points  (1 child)

The way the band looks at the teacher when they start playing like "oooooh, we ain't in trouble but we in trouble".

[–]Lost_in_costco 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Not gonna lie, we did shit like that when I played in Jazz band in High school. We all agreed to kick off a song the teacher didn't want to play but we did. So we played it anyway in a concert. You get the look of "You guys are total goofballs".

[–]CornellDiver 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Of all time?

...how you know your parents are Redditors.

[–]tamadrummer2012 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Well, I know you're my cousin, always telling me I suck and shit, which in this instance, you're kinda right. Also, hi, Mike.

[–]FishCake9T4 181 points182 points  (6 children)

Not my tempo.

[–]Presently_Absent 26 points27 points  (1 child)

is this going to be a comment in every video that has drumming?

[–]KensOtherAccount 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This video actually references Whiplash right at the end

[–]Wyanator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I know it was you

[–]whatisabaggins55 1 point2 points  (2 children)

slaps face

[–]kcman011 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Man, JK Simmons sure knows how to play an absolute asshole.

[–]bleunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Completely wasted in the Batman universe so far.

[–]samwitch645[S] 80 points81 points  (24 children)

Drummer in video is /u/tamadrummer2012

[–]tamadrummer2012 175 points176 points  (23 children)

Hell yeah, thanks for the shout out.

[–]Herrderqual 37 points38 points  (15 children)

Solid skills man, great job but your going to need this

[–]tamadrummer2012 24 points25 points  (13 children)

Lol! I may be decent at slamming skins, but my social skills need some work.

[–]Regulater86 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The battle cry is the key here

[–]Meeseeks82 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Won't need 'em if you keep playing like that.

[–]thestereo300 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your drum skills are at a level that they ARE social skills.

[–]Herrderqual 5 points6 points  (7 children)

I'll give you the best advice you'll ever get on the topic, probably...

Listen to people, don't sit and wait for your turn to speak, actually listen, ask questions, get interested. After that conversation flows naturally and you become very interesting because they eventually realize they don't know much about you but you know everything about them.

[–]tamadrummer2012 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Don't really get the down votes. You're offering some decent advice for social awkwardness that I will keep in mind next time I'm in that situation. Thank you for the advice.

[–]Herrderqual 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Probably the first sentence gettin me the downvotes, no skin off my back. The rest of it is basically just a summary of the best book I've found written on the subject. How To Make Friends and Influence People it's pretty much mandatory reading in my career.

[–]conyeighwest 1 point2 points  (1 child)

you are a walking caricature of a douchebag

[–]Herrderqual 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think that's the first time I've been called a douchebag. Usually it's asshole, shithead or something of the like. So thanks for taking my douchebag cherry!

[–]conyeighwest -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

lmfao this is painful. this is like telling a depressed person they just need to smile.

"the best advice you'll ever get"... lol

[–]Herrderqual 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you're going to quote me how 'bout not cutting off half of the sentence. Particularly the part that indicates that the self aggrandizing is humour.

Also, telling someone who says their social skills aren't great the most effective way to do better in social situations and is literally a synopsis of one of the first methods in one of the most respected books on the subject, isn't like telling a depressed person to smile. I think you've conflated socially inept into some kind of mental illness.

Not everyone who has difficulties in social situations is mentally ill, and assuming that is far more douchey than a reply on time tested method one I use every day, as part of my career.

[–]conyeighwest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

welcome to reddit

[–]Crisscrunch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sums up my weekends.

[–]gringo-tico 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Holy shit that chick is hot.

[–]bigkamo 4 points5 points  (6 children)

What were the consequences of your pop-up performance?

[–]tamadrummer2012 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Just being shunned, and an ignored friend request after I graduated.

[–]assmilk99 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Wait, that wasn’t planned?

[–]tamadrummer2012 11 points12 points  (2 children)

The solo was planned, the whole sunglasses and Enter Sandman riff were known to the rhythm section only.

[–]iBird 4 points5 points  (1 child)

badass. I don't know that person who didn't accept your friend request, but fuck them, they'd probably make a lame friend. This is a story to tell your grandkids, I love it.

[–]tamadrummer2012 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha. Appreciate the kind words, bud. Much appreciated!

[–]bigkamo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Small price to play for internet stardom.

[–]thejustducky1 59 points60 points  (22 children)

I have to ask, and I know I'll most likely get buried but wtv. I know the drummer is obviously very skilled, but I just don't understand the allure or technical prowess of randomly mashing all of the drums, completely out of tempo from the rest of the band for several minutes. I can't think of another solo instrument that doesn't some how keep with some tune or tempo during a solo.

Why are the random noises considered really amazing and not the playing really well during a song part?

[–]tamadrummer2012 25 points26 points  (1 child)

You make a very valid point. Tasteful drum solos should always keep with the tempo and add a more fulfilling sound that compliments the rest of the band. In this instance, I was just messing with my band teacher, playing Enter Sandman, and just kinda goofing around on the set, going as fast as I could, at the time, and just having a good time. But you're right, this solo, in a professional context, would have been horrible.

[–]Spagett26 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You can tell when you start playing it and he motions his hand like let's go wrap it up lol

[–]ThaBatesmotel 88 points89 points  (11 children)

You are hitting on a completely valid point here. Drum solos are often a bullshit competition in "how fast can i move my hands," rather than a marriage of chaotic improv with zealous adherence to rhythm. This won't fully answer your skepticism, but check this out. In my opinion, this is actually one of the greatest solos ever. Not just hyperbole like we're seeing from OP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu3zCfvVCdM

[–]tamadrummer2012 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Well said. Awesome video! Thank you for posting. This guy knows how to do a tasteful solo.

[–]MyNameIsBadSorry 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Hey wait a second here.

[–]kanasio 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What a build! That was intense at the end!

[–]Ghosty141 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Drum solos are very different across subgenres in jazz. Big Band solos are completely different to trio ones. Listen to Paul Motian on "All of You" with the Bill Evans Trio: https://youtu.be/tk4pLhL9i4E?t=368

The drum solo is way more subtle and doesn't devolve into "how fast can I hit as many drums as possible".

[–]Tinywampa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not a jazz drum solo and it's at a big concert but this has to be my favourite drum solo. https://youtu.be/Sa0C5Uxpd3c?t=3m12s

[–]SlaverSlave 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]whatisabaggins55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah this is exactly the sort of thing I think of when I think of "drum solo". The OP video is more what I'd call solo improv.

[–]cbryantl120 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is much better. Not that the original video posted wasn't talented, but I appreciate this guy being spontaneous while riding the beat. Much more interesting.

[–]TheAlbinoAmigo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

By the end of that all I could think is 'How is his hi-hat clutch still on and where can I buy a setup with a clutch that tanks like that?'

[–]LITER_OF_FARVA 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I've always found drum fills during songs more interesting than drum solos.

In reference to what I mean here's

[–]fps916 4 points5 points  (2 children)


This is probably the best example of both.

The end is repetitious from the rest of the band, but the drums both play with the band and also play a solo that repeats but changes within genre every repetition.

I know it's not exactly a controversial statement to call Portnoy one of the best drummers of all time, but this kind of highlights it.

EDIT: Another video showing him changing up the specifics of the solo but staying "within genre" of all iterations of the solo. JFC he's talented.


[–]raymayv 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The thing with drum solos is that drummers are the ones who keep tempo so if they solo they have the ability to change it to how they feel. Drum solos are inherently boring (as the great keith moon once said) if you had to keep tempo while soloing it would be even more boring.

[–]Canvaverbalist 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not to say that, as a band, following a drum that is soloing can be really hard to keep count of. You can see it this video this guy posted that the bass and brass are struggling at certain moments to keep on beat.

So it's usually preferable to let him do his thing, and since he's not being restricted by keeping up the tempo for the band, he can play with it.

But yeah, a good band can do amazing things for achieving a good drum solo.

[–]iSamurai 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree that a lot of drum solos are boring. Here's a great one from my favorite drummer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOatIrazULw

[–]Appiedash 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I listen to a drum solo I am not hearing random notes I am hearing notes placed precisely in the wrong spot on purpose in a musical way. If you learn more about rhythm you might be able to understand better. That being said-flailing arm attack solos are def still a thing. Thats more about conveying emotion than showcasing skill.

[–]malikdwd 10 points11 points  (1 child)


[–]bplzizcool 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]rawrrrren 16 points17 points  (1 child)


[–]White_Dynamite 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Whiplash 2: High School Musical

[–]uncreative14 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Of all time?

[–]rubbachkn 3 points4 points  (1 child)


[–]youngdumbnfullofcum2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Coolest? Of ALL time?

[–]Hipsterista 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is like watching the opposite of "whiplash". Where the band and conductor are happy and supportive of the awesome crazy drummer. I feel like I can sleep at night again...

[–]ergya 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I am a new redditor, whenever I see a video there are usually related links in the comments, let me add a few of my favourite drummer vids: hot singer, young drummer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPWjNX4PBlI still hot singer, older drummer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFFcuy_5k2Q and mom kills it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWSJR2pL46M

[–]CWG4BF 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Was he rushing or dragging? Hard for me to tell.

[–]White_Dynamite 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Better throw a cymbal at his head.

[–]CWG4BF 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I prefer a chair.

[–]tamadrummer2012 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If only you could see his eyes in that moment. If he had a chair at his disposal, it would have landed me in the hospital.

[–]Ghosty141 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Annoying fact-checking guy here: In the real story Philly Joe Jones didn't throw it at Charlie Parkers head but rather at the ground. Whiplash frames jazz as way more violent than it actually was/is...

[–]hamakabi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

whiplash also frames ego and narcissism as far more productive than they actually are, but it's still a great movie.

[–]Presently_Absent 0 points1 point  (1 child)

oh cool a whiplash joke in a drumming thread.

[–]CWG4BF -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I’ll be here all week

[–]fletchdeezle 2 points3 points  (1 child)

As a previous high school jazz band drummer who is solos in smoke on the water, I feel inadequate

[–]tamadrummer2012 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol! As long as you have the mind set of "see thing, hit thing" you're set. Well, not really, but people who aren't drummers love it.

[–]Kryptosis 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Meh, disappointing hyperbole. Too full of himself for such a simple rythm

[–]tamadrummer2012 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Right? This guy is an ass.

[–]Kryptosis 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I know you're puttin on a show and you definitely got skills bro was just expecting more swing to a jazz solo.

[–]tamadrummer2012 14 points15 points  (1 child)

In terms of how it compliments the song, it sucks ass. you'll get no argument from me. This was my last solo of my senior year, and I just wanted to screw around with my teacher one last time. Definitely not a good solo, but I'm humbled that some people think so.

[–]ebam796 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey man it's better than all the jazz band drummers we had at my school which is saying a lot.

[–]081301 3 points4 points  (0 children)

OP said coolest, did you see those sunglasses?

[–]postinfinity 4 points5 points  (2 children)

He's also a high schooler. Relax. Perspective comes, and where he's at right now seems pretty normal.

[–]Kryptosis 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Not trying to be mean, just giving honest feedback.

[–]postinfinity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know. I'm just trying to keep it in mind who it is (and where they're at in life at a musician, accordingly) we're criticizing. Some criticism is fair--he's not a kid. The criticism doesn't stick in the way it would if this were someone who knew or could do better. Kid's performance is great as it is, for what it is.

[–]gurupro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Andrew Neiman got some sick shades.

[–]CholentPot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Small kit, real skill.

[–]CJ_Productions 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]SterlingHorizon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lost it when the Enter Sandman intro kicked in

[–]TheFarfigschiter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The name of the video is so funny

[–]ClickLoadScream 1 point2 points  (0 children)

such talent! :)

[–]spicy_gringo 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]DCMak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're going to be that cocky, you'd better be the best. Keep working.

[–]GteatClips 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]conyeighwest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that kid front right has the most "whole body moving" laugh i have ever seen

[–]canned_koalas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this Norwell High?

[–]Pixiedust2358 0 points1 point  (0 children)

very nice love hearing a good drummer.

[–]FuzyWuzy1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everybody wants to be a Whiplash

[–]PlayerJL 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Coolest drum solo ever!

[–]FLYNTH33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a drummer, that was fucking hard to watch

[–]sarahjiffy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what are you doing man?

[–]sarahjiffy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

great video!

[–]BroaxXx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jesus fucking christ!!

[–]JEZTURNER 0 points1 point  (1 child)


[–]samwitch645[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah did you see his sunglasses

[–]__legenjerry__ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"I wonder how I should start this off?"

"How bout you just fucking scream?"


[–]Qynchou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

thats pretty good, I enjoyed that

but thats gonna be a no from me dawg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9esWG6A6g-k

[–]rudydrums 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go do your thing.The Sax players face sais it all.

[–]sysadminbj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never fails. The drummer is always the coolest member of the band.

[–]tlatwuk -1 points0 points  (0 children)

“Were you rushing, or dragging?”

[–]sweeetttooo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

See what happened when they were using phone;cctv footage https://youtu.be/dfkn3Za7BSo