Iconic Rhythm Sections

Drummers and bass players have long since waged a war of jokes against each other.

The Top 10 Drummer Jokes

© Phil Selby 2007

Whilst some of these are undoubtedly funny, we need each other!

Some of the greatest music ever has been created from the foundations of a great rhythm section. It's important that you study how bass players and drummers interact across a wide variety of styles. Here are a select few to listen to.

Jaco Pastorius + Peter Erskine

Bootsy Collins + Jab'o Starks/Clyde Stubblefield

John Paul Jones + John Bonham

 Joe Dart + Nate Smith

Tony Levin + Steve Gadd

This post would last for days if I listed all the great bass and drum combos. In fact, I have much more to discover and that is the beauty of listening to different styles of music. I highly recommend listening to different styles of music and analysing how the musicians interact. Then, find an amazing drummer and forge a great union with them!

What's your favourite rhythm section? Comment below.

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