February 4, 2010

It’s the Player, Not the Instrument.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:27 pm

Years ago I stopped by the music store to buy drumsticks. The guy behind the counter asked, “What kind of sticks do you want?”

I replied, “I want the ones that will make me play like Gene Krupa.” (Showing my age)

I can only imagine how many people have purchased Gibson Les Paul Guitars thinking that, with such an axe, they will play just like Les Paul.

Fortunately, drumsticks are cheaper than a Les Paul guitar.

There’s a theme here, but I’m too lazy to develop it, so let’s call it an exercise in nuance.

Anyway, I loves me some clarinet, even if it is a carrot.

Thanks to my friend Brian, the Air Force Vet.


  1. Funny you should mention, I was telling someone tonight that I know photographers who spend $1,000-$7,000 on state-of-the-art Nikons, Canons and Leicas, and they don’t know the first thing about how to take anything more than a boring snapshot…sometimes a blurry one at that, with poor composition and sun glare, to boot. And some people could have a $12 disposable at their ‘disposal,’ and take the most kickass photos imaginable, because of an innate talent that has nothing to do with what equipment they use. I could only aspire to be like the latter.

    Comment by Erica — February 4, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  2. That carrot clarinet is pretty amazing. Sounds better than what I can produce on my sax.

    Comment by Jerry in Indiana — February 5, 2010 @ 12:51 am

  3. There’s a hickory mill in my part of the woods. They use to turn out blanks for all kinda handles but as more hand tools got to fiberglass handles, they’re primary product today it drumsticks. It’s strange to drive by their yard and see drumstick blanks stacked in ricks five feet high covering three-four acres. They air dry them for a while before shipping them off where they’re turned down into the drumsticks by the end-user. I got no idea how may blanks they have on that yard but it’s a lot. Never ceases to amaze me that people need so many drum sticks….but I guess they do.
    By the way….They have a very high wasteage. About 40%
    of the wood is culled. The culled hickory blanks makes great wood for open-pit bar-b-queing.

    Comment by Tbird — February 5, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

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