74 Percussion Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Percussion Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way. — Evelyn Glennie

The possibilities of percussion sounds, I believe, have never been fully realized — Charles Ives

I like duos with percussionists. I like the songs that percussionists sing. — Derek Bailey

The American drummer is a one-man percussion orchestra. — Max Roach

Mistreating your drum set is just one step below child abuse — John Bonham

A good groove releases adrenaline in your body. You feel uplifted, you feel centered, you feel calm, you feel powerful. You feel that energy. That's what good drumming is all about. — Mickey Hart

It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all. — Chet Baker

I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano. — Norman Wisdom

Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at. — John Bonham

Playing drums feels like coming home for me. Even during the White Stripes I thought: 'I'll do this for now, but I'm really a drummer.' That's what I'll put on my passport application. — Jack White

Short Percussion Quotes

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  • Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. — Charles Bukowski
  • I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion. — Teena Marie
  • I read and write classical piano and percussion, also guitar. — Suzi Quatro
  • I love more percussions more than anything. I always wanted to be a drummer. — Pharoah Sanders
  • I played djembe, percussion, keyboards and I sang. — Jeff Ament
  • And this is our time-keeper, with a passion for percussion — Leonard Cohen
  • I played in the percussion section 4th grade through high school - snare and timpani mostly. — Suzy Bogguss
  • I've been down there 6 times and there's nothing like Brazilian percussion. — Les Baxter
  • I grew up playing classical piano and percussion. — Janina Gavankar

Playing Drums Quotes

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But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom. — Buddy Rich

I remember in the early days when we played six nights a week for a month and I was doing my long drum solo every night. My hands were covered in blisters. — John Bonham

I played trumpet in middle school, and then I had to get braces, so I had to stop playing trumpet and start playing drums. — Brendon Urie

Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin — Suzi Quatro

My mom always told me I should have a Plan B. I said that if I'm not going to play guitar I'm going to play drums. And if I'm not going to play drums, I'm going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed. — Gary Clark, Jr.

Every day I lugged my backpack through the halls, waiting for the final bell. Then I'd race home and hole up in my room, playing the drums and the piano, composing music. — Josh Groban

Playing well with others is important - not being too flashy, just keeping good time and of course coming up with cool beats. A good snare drum, kick drum, high hat. Just getting good at the hand feet coordination. — Chad Smith

I learned how to play the drums. When we were in pre-production, when we were still in LA, I had a couple of drum lessons and then some in Toronto. I got the one beat down and that was it. — Mary-Kate Olsen

It is odd, but on the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics. — Richard P. Feynman

My way of relaxing was always doing the opposite and playing the drums, but I need to be able to actually chill. — Cara Delevingne

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More Percussion Quotes

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I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins. — Quincy Jones

And, you know, I think the original recording of Ravel's Bolero, probably whoever played percussion on that, will never have It played better than that. — Buddy Rich

For me, the most difficult thing is that I am learning melodies on guitar from some songs whose melodies were not meant to be played on guitar. Ever. They were intended mostly for keyboards or melodic percussion. — Dweezil Zappa

Played percussively, the piano is a bore. If I go to a concert and someone plays like that I have two choices: go home or go to sleep. The goal is to make the piano sing, sing, sing. — Vladimir Horowitz

I love the percussion. It's a right brain, left brain thing. There are different beats, but cooperating together. It's your whole body doing it, you're doing the snare drum and the high top with your hands and the bass drum with your foot. You're this whole motion machine. — Shalom Harlow

I miss the romance. I keep saying this over and over again, but dance follows music. And if the accent today is percussion and rhythm and loudness, then that is the way the dance numbers will be. But it is pretty hard on romance with seven guitars, three drums, and no melody instruments in the band. — Gene Kelly

I was able to interpret the difference between the sharp, quick sound and the slow, deep sound of percussion and manipulate it, get a third sound out of things, if the beats were rapid enough. — Sunny Murray

When I was 12, I happened to see a schoolmate playing percussion, and it looked interesting. I asked for lessons, and it felt right. — Evelyn Glennie

I play a percussion instrument, not a musical saw; it needs no amplification. Where it's needed, they put a microphone in front of the bass drum. But, I don't think it's necessary to play that way every night. — Buddy Rich

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion. — Robert Wyatt

A large part of my work has been collaborating with composers; I think we've commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos. — Evelyn Glennie

Percussion is physical, as most instruments are. The body must function well in order to play the instruments well. Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. — Evelyn Glennie

I studied classical percussion for ten years. At one point I was thinking about going to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but then I realized it's actually not what I wanted to do. — Alycia Debnam Carey

There's always something in most world folk musics that always seems connected; whether it's a bagpipe or a tambura, there's always some sort of drone instrument, and there's always percussion. — Paul Weller

I've figured out what to do with my hands... onstage. I'm a percussion player, so I grab a tambourine as much as I can. — Taylor Hanson

The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions that can be sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly, or sometimes sweet, sometimes as big as King Kong and so on. And so there can be a real riot out there, or it can be so refined. — Evelyn Glennie

According to my parents, I just started drumming when I was two. I traveled with them from five to seven on the road, playing percussion. Between 8 and 12, my dad sort of prepared me by teaching me every aspect of road life. — Questlove

The rhythm of music is very, very important for people with Parkinson's. But it's also very important with other sorts of patients, such as patients with Tourette's syndrome. Music helps them bring their impulses and tics under control. There is even a whole percussion orchestra made up exclusively of Tourette's patients. — Oliver Sacks

I've had a lot of fun writing percussion music. It feels quite similar to writing computer music. But I found myself in the role of choreographer in a way, worrying about physical movement and such. — Paul Lansky

Sometimes a musical imagination is as important as singing itself, you know, the voice, what you do vocally, the vowels. So there's a percussiveness that can sometimes be quite energizing and useful in singing as an expressive device. — Dolora Zajick

For a million years the sound of making handaxes provided the percussion of everyday life. Anyone choosing a hundred objects to tell a history of the world would have to include a handaxe. — Neil MacGregor

No one can get really drunk on a novel or a painting, but who can help getting drunk on Reethoven's Ninth, Rartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, or the Reatles' White Album? — Milan Kundera

Percussion music is revolution. Sound and rhythm have too long been submissive to the restrictions of nineteenth century music. Today we are fighting for their emancipation. Tomorrow, with electronic music in our ears, we will hear freedom. At the present stage of revolution, a healthy lawlessness is warranted. Experiment must necessarily be carried on by hitting anything-tin pans, rice bowls, iron pipes-anything we can lay our hands on. Not only hitting, but rubbing, scraping, making sound in every possible way...What we can't do ourselves will be done by machines which we will invent. — John Milton Cage

I think I can only help to expose percussion to all sorts of people. The balance between the lighter and more serious side is important. — Evelyn Glennie

I can't get that live and I don't have the time to take the tape, after I've finished recording it, into a little studio somewhere else where I can get a different kind of percussion sound. — Danny Elfman

I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that. I was never really into the percussion thing. — John Otto

I mean, I can sit down with a guitar, and in fact, we do two, three songs with just guitar and percussion. — Jackie DeShannon

The musical mystery is: How do you marry tuned percussion and voice? On a metaphorical level, everything that's really important - like the clouds, the sky and the earth - is a giant mystery. — Mickey Hart

I collaborated with a brilliant young sound designer named Anthony Mattana, who enriched the sound of the total production with vocal effects, percussive and other sounds. He also mixed the sound effects and the music, using the theater's first rate sound system to complement the theater's acoustics. This completed my score. — Jeff Britting

When I heard We Are the World do a techno version of one of my songs, I didn't know the word techno, but I said, "That percussion is astounding, will you help me do a piece?" Nobody said, "Techno isn't allowed for you." — Linda Perhacs

That was a very natural process because as I was creating the animatic I added music clips as reference of the kind of music I wanted in the film. These were from musicians like Naná Vasconcelos and Barbatuques, the body percussion group. — Alex Abreu

I have to have the reasons to make the record. There are just too many records out there, especially when it's something as audacious as a solo percussion record with solo drumming music on it. There better be a reason behind it. — Glenn Kotche

I have always been drawn to percussion and drums, to bass and piano, in music much more then I am drawn to the guitar and the other lead instruments. — Dave Matthews

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