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It’s a moving silhouette

In this new installment of the Drumtribe, Paicey provides us with the fascinating look behind the scenes of how the sausage is made. Here is a video of pre-production rehearsal for the Bodyline from Now What?!

13 Comments to “It’s a moving silhouette”:

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    Dr. Bob says:

    That was very insightful. I haven’t played a drum kit since college, but I play a doumbek quite often. It’s Middle Eastern drum which produces three basic sounds played with several hand & finger techniques. I am not good at listening and imitating what other drummers play, but what I play fairly well is finding a groove to the music and playing around with it. I was thinking this morning that I don’t really understand what I do. I feel like that I primarily set a rhythm of down beats with my left hand which I can do without thinking, and then react to the music by expressing my emotions with my right hand. Now I understand that I am using quiet “grace notes” primarily on upbeats and backbeats like Little Ian while using the downbeats to keep the groove. I also don’t keep rhythm by counting, I do it by thinking in terms like “doum doum bek, butter doum bek-tac” like Big Ian. That’s where those quiet grace notes help me keep time. Thanks Little Ian for the wonderful lesson!

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    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Good stuff.

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    MacGregor says:

    Another good video from Ian Paice, much appreciated. Why do I feel that a certain Ian Paice & DP aficionado here will be commenting & no doubt will mention the ‘barbarian at the gates’? He, he,he. don’t worry Uwe, Cozy could play a good shuffle also, it is just that he never needed to as much as Paice did. It is all good. Cheers.

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    Marcus says:

    He mentions the grace note on the snare, but not the bass drum work, which is just as important for getting the pulse.

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    stoffer says:

    Very Cool!!

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Since you asked, lieber Herr MacGregor: Cozy couldn’t play a proper shuffle groove to save his life, but a lot of otherwise very good drummers can’t either (Carl Palmer tends to be stiff too, Bonham wasn’t good at anything but very slow shuffles). Paice is extremely good at it, so is John Coughlan, the original Quo drummer. Even Peter Criss of Kiss – not the most technical drummer on earth – is a good shuffle player. So was/is Bill Ward of Sabbath.

    Shuffles are no way near as popular as they used to be in the 70ies, it’s a rhythm that has lamentably gone a little out of style, so I forgive any drummer not being that accustomed anymore to playing it.

    What I like about Ian’s playing is that he is not just “holding down a rhythm” or “delivering a foundation”, he’s actually conducting an animated percussive discussion with the music otherwise going on. Not quite as pronounced as Ginger Baker did (who I though was great), but much more than is common with other drummers. Cozy and many others never have/had a playful “discussion” like that with the music they are drumming to, they expect to be followed. Little Ian has loads of rhythmic authority, but he never stops communicating with the other players, he has a very fine ear. That to me is just so much more musical than just sledgehammer or metronomic drumming.

    I guess what you can say about Paice’s drumming is that it’s elegant and lively. That is something I always look for in a drummer, but I’m well aware that in the last decades the either “sledgehammer” or “drum machine” approaches have gained a wider following. : – (

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    Adel Faragalla says:

    Thanks for sharing Ian.
    To be honest ‘Body line’ is not a bad song at all but if you just play ‘Hey Sisco’ from ‘Perpendicular’ you will get to appreciate Ian Paice amazing feel on the drums but I guess sadly there are no clips to share from the perpendicular sessions.
    BTW Roger Glover is an amazing producer so let’s not forget him with all the limelight fouced on Bob Ezrin.

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    MacGregor says:

    We would presume the main reason why the shuffle & other older styles of playing the drums are not plentiful anymore, is because of the influence that modern drummers are persuaded by. The older school rock or should I say frustrated jazz drummers for want of a better description, were influenced by their parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts etc. Music was everywhere so to speak when these ‘rock’ drummers were growing up. Who are the ‘modern’ drummers influenced by? Interesting the lead or follow drummer comment, Ian Anderson talked about that a little while ago. how it can affect the music in certain ways. Talking about shuffles what about the Kerslake shuffle or the Purdie shuffle. I do remember John Coghlan from Quo & I watched some of their reunion clips again recently. Old school, have to love it. Cheers.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Kerslake always had groove as a drummer and together with Gary Thain on bass he was one hell of an organic rhythm section. They were in a way as groovy as Paice and Murray were in early WS days.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    #Adel: Roger was a fine producer, very Martin Birch influenced, small wonder. I wish he had done more production work outside of DP once the reunion got started. A lot of albums that he produced (Nazareth’s Razamanaz and Rampant, Judas Priest’s Sin After Sin, Rory Gallagher’s Calling Card, Status Quo’s sound on their Wild Side of Life single – I wish he had continued to produce them, it would have saved us from Pip Williams diluting their sound) rank among my most favorite work from these artists.

    But I’m eternally grateful to Bob Ezrin for bringing the joy and sense of communion back into Purple’s recording experience, that had been long gone before he (and the band) surprised us all with Now What?! They have returned to a form of inter-band musical communication as close as during the best times in their 70ies heydays. With a band as weathered and experienced as DP that is no mean feat.

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    Aireight says:

    Another good one. So tight.

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    ivica says:

    “Bodyline “returns to PAL time .
    Ian Paice and his musical breadth.

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    Georgivs says:


    Cozy got his gig with Rainbow by playing shuffle:

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