What side of the drummer do you want to be on?

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  1. Funky54

    Funky54 Member

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    In Trio’s I get to be positioned so that the drummer is to my left.. love that. In a four piece I’m usually in front of the drummer. Hate that. I feel more connected timing wise and I like to see the fret board from time to time.

    You? And please share why.
     
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  2. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Silver Supporting Member

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    I only sing backing parts. I prefer on the snare/hi hat side.
     
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    I play sitting down, in a few R&R trios- small/ medium lounge gigs
    (so I guess it's a different thing, but I am the lead singer too...)

    One group the bass player likes to be just to the drummer's right, so I'm to his left ( stage right)
    Complete opposite in other Trio!
    We just all get comfy, and jam.
     
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    I don't really care, but if given the choice, I'll be to the left of the drummer and turn my gear slightly toward center stage.
     
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    I like the drummer on my left, but so long as I'm close enough to see his foot, I feel connected to the groove.
     
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    bdm Supporting Member

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    Stage right when possible. I won’t loose any sleep if it’s not.
     
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    Bassist’s choice.
     
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    Yeah the drummers I play with prefer bassist on their left/hi hat side, so I'm usually stage right or fully stage left with bass in the middle.
     
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    I ask the bassist where he wants to stand, then I stand on the other side.
     
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    These guys know their sh!t.
     
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    Drummer to my right. That ear is already ringing.
     
  13. Funky54

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    Most of my experience has had the bassist far stage left, hi-hat side. One band I was in we put the drummer forward far stage left and everyone was stage right. I’ll do whatever, but I really don’t like being stage left of the drummer.
     
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    In almost every band I’ve ever been in, I’ve been to the drummer’s right (left side as you’re looking at the stage). I don’t think it’s really been by choice... it’s just how it’s worked out

    Edit: correction... in my High School-era bands, I was on the opposite side. I had totally forgotten about that til this thread got me thinking :p
     
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    high hat side for me
     
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    Curious, any who prefer stage left / hihat side, are you left handed?
     
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    Behind the drummers

     
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    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    In bands with more than 4 people, I like the bassist to be on the drummer’s left and for me to be on the bassist’s left - so when I look to my right I can see both of them.
     
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    Drummer behind me on left shoulder side. Bass to his left with horns in front of him. Keys to my right.
     
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    If I’m playing bass, I like to be on the drummer’s left. Guitar, on the drummer’s right. Can do either, really, but that’s my preference.
     
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