Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Funky54, Jun 17, 2019.
Far from the crash cymbal.
Since I don't care I defer to those that do. Typically, my experience has been that bassists like to be on the hi-hat side.
EDIT: On outdoor gigs, the shadiest side.
The side that includes my ear plugs...
Now I'm a hired gun most the time. So I set up where they have my little mic and boom sitting.
But when I was gigging a lot in clubs it was were my amp fit on stage (Marshall and a 4x12). But given the choice, to the left of the drummer (stage left).
You feed them? Death wish.
I like drummer to the left for the same reasons you do.
The side he doesn't drool on, so I won't slide off the stage.
As a right handed player ,you would want to be on the drummers left.....
I like to be the drummer. But when I play with one, it's usually as the bassist, so hat side, just to be extra clear on the groove pieces at play.
Hi hat side so I can cue the drummer for the changes when I'm the singer/guitar player. I'm also play drums and bass. I would want the singer or band leader on my hi-hat side so I watch them for the changes, breakdowns etc. . When I play bass I let the singer decide.
Tip for bassists and drummers. Place your cab on the same horizontal axis as the bass drum when you can. Makes a world of different.
The dark side.
Most of my memories of playing live are with the drummer on my left. Either was fine though. I was 16-18 and just happy to be there.
The good side.
The side where I can reliably whack my headstock against the edge of that big flat cymbal every time I have to turn around to adjust the amp’s volume to the bar owner’s satisfaction. The gig would just not be the same ......
Whatever side their sticks don't fly at. Their good side.
I am also right handed and must be on the drummers left. I dont even feel comfortable "visiting" our other guitar player for a dual melody line or the occasional solo. It feels so wrong to be on the right. I do surf goofy foot however....
So Geddy Lee was wrong, and John Paul Jones was right?
Unless you were in Gabriel-era Genesis!
Only if you think this is a wrong/right scenario.