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    Just an observation guys. I noticed many musicians/ drummers seem to mention art school a lot.
    Many drummers who are interviewed seem to mention art school or they mention painting or drawing. Neither of which i can do at all, lol.
    Makes sense since its creative but i am wondering if the more talented drummers have artistic ability compared to just an average player?

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    I have a music and art degree. Graphic Design to be exact
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    I'm one of ten children, and nine of us can play an instrument to some degree. Both of our parents are also musicians. Three of us graduated from music school. Four of us have either graduated with or are studying for art degrees.

    I think you may be on to something, lol

    However despite many of my siblings being awesome artists, I'm certainly not one of them haha
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    It's certainly not surprising the creative people can be creative in different areas, but I don't know that there's really any correlation. Could also be that musicians don't want to go to school for accounting .
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    I think itís a creativity/free thinking thing. Many good musicians also have multiple outlets for their creativity; writing, acting, painting...even building hot rods. Some even dabble in things like Physics and Astronomy.

    Accounting is not a good choice for creative people. Creative accountants end up in jail.....or politics...
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    I would certainly think that there is a synergy there.

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    Music is art. It's one in the same (creative right brain).
    I can't draw but do have an eye for design and I have dabbled with art my entire life.
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    Not only cant i draw or paint, my hand writing is atrocious..
    That said, i am very creative in my thinking.

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    Well there you go, that's all you need!
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    It might be fun to list well known musicians and other forms of art that they participate in....also people who are famous for other forms of art and are musicians on the side.

    The ones I can think of off the top of my head;

    Jack Black
    Patrick Swazie (singer)
    Gary Sinise
    Kevin Bacon
    Johnny Depp
    Ryan Gosling
    Jamie Fox (check out “Ray”)
    Robert Pattinson
    Bruce Willis
    Keanu Reeves

    I would argue that calling Keanu an actor is borderline...but my wife has a crush on him, so I get stuck watching his movies...
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    "I would argue that calling Keanu an actor is borderline...but my wife has a crush on him, so I get stuck watching his movies..."

    He was, all things considered, good in "The Lake House".

    The "John Wick" movies are fun to watch. He's a "action star", so that's where they put him.
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    Yeah Keanu Reeves is an awesome action actor. Just doesn't deliver dialogue very well lol
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    You know, I used to read bios and stories about all these musicians meeting each other in art school...................
    John met Paul at art school; Mick met Keith at art school; this guitar guy met the drummer at art school.
    Seems like this was going on all the time.................and I thought to myself, "Why did all these guys go to art school ?"

    Then one day I read an article about education policy in England...............back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, the students were systematically assessed at about the 8th grade or so.
    Those that showed a promise for the hard sciences and math were sent to school for that purpose -- engineering, economics, physics, chemistry, etc.

    All the others were sent to "art school"..............and apparently this term meant (and included) much more than just visual arts.
    It all made sense to me after that.
    I believe that England has since improved their policy and practices in this area.
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    I forgot about Steve Martin...obviously a legendary comedian/actor, but also one of the best banjo players around.
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    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    One of my favorite late drummers Randy Castillo painted. I liked the paintings he did that I saw. Would be cool to have one.

    Sometimes these actors or anybody are so full of themselves when in reality all they do is throw cans of paint at a wall and draw some lines in it.

    Then they talk about "my work" lol

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    Ringo is into painting. His work looks just exactly how you think it would....right off a Beatles album cover, LOL.

    Ronnie Wood (Stones) is actually a very good artist.
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    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    I can't draw a straight line without a straight edge if my life depended on it.

    I did take a couple of courses in astronomy mainly because I was fascinated by the sheer size of the universe.

    I told a friend of mine years ago to take 186,272 mi/sec, the accepted speed of light at that time, to multiply it by 60, then by 60 again, then by 24, then by 365, then by 14 billion, then to call me when he had the answer. Haven't heard from him in 30 years.

    I also have messed with physics. I can't tell you how to build a atomic bomb, but I can fix it so your gas (not G.A.S.) has a 1/2 life of 67 years.
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    A lot of us end up in IT.
    IBM used to recruit the music dept back in the day before there was a CS dept.

    As for art,I used to be pretty good ,but something happened and I just don't have a passion for it anymore.
    I remember in 6th grade a buddy of mine paid me 5 cents for a sketch i made of Ringo Starr.
    i thought he was joking,but...

    My dad up until his 80's was quite good.
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