I’m not a huge fan of drummer jokes. I know plenty of smart drummers, and it seems to me that we should accord them every bit as much respect as if they played an actual musical instrument.
Still, I bridle at the notion that they are more verbally skilled than we are.
I’m talking about the drumming tradition of referring to stereotypical licks via funny, short phrases. Shouldn’t we guitarists and bassists have a similar shorthand for our clichés? It won’t necessarily make us play any better, but at least we can display a little verbal creativity, especially on those days when musical creativity calls in sick.
For those who have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to link to a few examples. Here’s a nice explanation of the ever-popular “Pat Boone, Debbie Boone” fill:
Need another example? How about the classic known variously as “bucket o’ fish,” “bucket o’ shit,” and “takin’ a dump”:
Get it? So how come we don’t have any of those clever mnemonic nicknames for our most overused parts? Clearly, urgent action is needed!
I’ll start the ball rolling with six licks that seem to warrant disparaging nicknames. Got any ideas? And by all means, bring your “favorite” phrases to the party. I’m expecting great things in the comments below.