"I donít give advice to anybody. Everybody should make their own decisions."
On his pre-show warm-up routine:
"I usually take my hands out of my pockets."
"I never really practiced, because I never had the opportunity. Iíve been working all my life. Iíve been playing drums all my life, and now Iím too lazy to bother with it. I have other things that I have to do-practice my martial arts, take care of my cars. I donít put too much emphasis on practice anyhow. I think itís a fallacy that the harder you practice, the better you get. You only get better by playing.
You could sit around all day long and practice rudiments and try to develop speed, but until you start playing with a band, you canít learn technique, you canít learn taste."
"I donít like recording. Itís a bore."
"My drums are right off the rack. You put a race driver in a car, if he knows how to drive, he can drive anything."
Buddy Richís classic solos analyzed
Elsewhere in the December issue of MD, Education Team member Steve Fidyk analyzes and transcribes some of Buddy Richís classic solos. Modern Drummer has posted a more extensive transcription of the drum solo to "West Side Story" at moderndrummer.com. Click here to check it out.
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