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It’s official: drummers are smarter than you (and everybody else) June 16, 2014

Verrry Interesting.
I can attest that the natural high when playing in drumming circles is true!
Drum therapy anyone? 🙂

Consequence of Sound

Far too often, drummers have been given the shaft. Second to only, maybe, bassists, they’re the member in the band considered most replaceable: you can just pull some chump off the street, sit him behind a kit, and on with the show. According to science, however, drummers aren’t the mouth-breathing neanderthals humorists have made them out to be. News and analytics site PolyMic compiled a group of studies that indicate drummers are not only generally smarter than their bandmates, they actually make everyone around them smarter too.

The research suggests that drummers have innate problem-solving skills and a positive impact on communities. Researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet found that, after playing a series of beats, drummers who had better rhythm scored better on a 60-question intelligence test. Seems using all the various parts of a drum kit to keep one steady beat is actually an expression of intrinsic problem-solving abilities.

Furthermore, other studies show that…

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3 Responses to “It’s official: drummers are smarter than you (and everybody else)”

  1. tubularsock Says:

    When Tubularsock is attempting to process all the political and social shit that confronts him he often plays his Conga and bongo for hours or until his muse wakes up!

    Smarter? Maybe yes, maybe no ……… but calmer ……… no question!

    • Imagine a world where everyone indulged in some music therapy! That’s what I love about music and art (the actual making) – it takes you out of yourself. There’s great relief to be found in ‘the zone’…

      • tubularsock Says:

        “Imagine all the people living life in peace.
        You, may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. . .”

        Agreed, PV. There is truly great relief in “the zone”. Thanks.


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