Gave my drum set some love yesterday. It’s a Pearl President from 1969. The wrap is called red oyster (original) but when I got it it was painted black, as you can see on the hoops. I haven’t fixed that yet but I just really wanted to try out this #remo starfire head which looks amazing!!
The first part of the video is up on my Instagram if you want to check it out (also pictures of the drumset when it was black)
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Check out the songs from my previous band (im the drummer)
In the Ringo song, Early 1970, via the lyrics Ringo says:
I play guitar A-D-E I don’t play bass because that’s too hard for me I play the piano if it’s in C And when I go to town, I wanna see all three
Like probably most professional musicians, Ringo can play a few instruments. He’s been known to play guitar and piano occasionally in concert (so I’ve heard) and he has said he composed songs including Don’t Pass Me By and Octopus’s Garden on the guitar.
The top 2 photos are Ringo playing guitar during a Rory Storm & The Hurricanes gig at The Jive Hive, St. Luke’s Hall, Crosby, Liverpool, c. March 1960, and then Ringo posing with guitar on the record cover of It Don’t Come Easy, although George plays the guitar on the track. Ringo is a huge fan of country music and he plays acoustic guitar on his solo country album, Beaucoups of Blues from 1970.
The last few photos are from 1965, from The Beatle Book. Perhaps the interesting thing is that Ringo plays a guitar right handed although writes with his left and is usually described as left handed. This is because Ringo is actually ambidextrous! Ringo is often maligned for his musicianship but there is more to him than meets the eye. He was the only person asked to join the Beatles because of his musical talents.
However, drums is obviously Ringo’s first and true love…
[W]alking to school I used to pass a little music store on Park Road. It had guitars, banjos, accordions and mandolins in the window, but I used to look at the drums. There was one, a tom-tom, that used to freak me out and every morning walking to school I would go and look at it, and walking back look at it again. It cost £26, which was a fortune.
Playing drums for me started in hospital in 1954, where, to keep us entertained, they gave us some schooling. A teacher would come in with a huge easel, with symbols for instruments shown on a big piece of board. She gave us percussion instruments: triangles, tambourines and drums. She would point at the yellow and the triangle would sound, and she would point at the red and the drum would sound. I’d only play if they gave me a drum.
I was in the hospital band. I started using cotton bobbins to hit on the cabinet next to the bed. I was in bed for ten months: it’s a long time, so you keep yourself entertained; it was that and knitting. That’s where I really started playing. I never wanted anything else from then on. Drums were the only thing I wanted and when I came out I used to look in music shops and see drums; that’s all I’d look at. My grandparents gave me a mandolin and a banjo, but I didn’t want them. My grandfather gave me a harmonica when I was seven - nothing; we had a piano - nothing. Only the drums.
met neck deep (again) at their pop up shop in sheffield the other day, gave them these trad drawings of them, got super great compliments from them, always so super encouraged by all the support these guys have given me over time