"I remember that day clearly. When the drummer didn't show I decided to try my hand at the kit instead of canceling practice and I just took to the drums really well. I fell in love with the instrument at that moment and it's changed my life ever since."Richards never took any real lessons. His way of learning was just to emulate the drummers that he really liked back then. Ryan:
"I just started playing their songs and learning their drum parts and it pretty much taught me all I needed to know, really."The learn-by-listening approach is evident in his classic hard rock drumming. Richards hammers booming Bonham/Moon/Portnoy/Bordin grooves with the best of them. He also claims Dave Grohl as a major influence.
"Singing and playing isn't that difficult for me. Just like some people have trouble separating their hands and their feet, it's the same with your voice. For me, it works best just to incorporate it and make the singing an extension of my playing. It doesn't really feel like two separate things to me anymore."
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