Monday, March 12, 2012

VOQOTD: Mel Lewis


"...you should start with a crash and end with a crash. I see drummers ending with a crash cymbal, but then choking it. When you hit that big chord at the end, let it ring. Hit that bass drum and hit that cymbal—"POW" instead of "pop." That's exciting. There should be a finality to that final blow, unless it's a soft ending, of course. Then you don't even need a cymbal at the end, although I like to hit one softly. But that's always been a thing of mine: Start with a crash and end with a crash." 
- Mel Lewis