I'm the same. I grunt all over the place. Solo those overheads on a recording session and it sounds like I'm doing some heavy lifting!I have been known to groan and "hum". I have never narrowed it down to being limited to complicated parts or fills etc. but I make some noise. The only time I have to think about not doing it is when recording...... My wife pointed it out one time and likes to make fun of me sometimes
A certain Mr Bonham was famous for grunting and groaning (even in the studio)...I don't do it whilst playing but I've recently started doing it when I bend down to tie my laces...it's an age thing!!I have been known to groan and "hum". I have never narrowed it down to being limited to complicated parts or fills etc. but I make some noise. The only time I have to think about not doing it is when recording...... My wife pointed it out one time and likes to make fun of me sometimes
Lots of folks find it odd that I never really sit down and "study" other drummers much. I can clearly see benefit, and would learn a lot, but it's not something I'm motivated to do. The way my brain works, I'd always rather be creating than re-creating; not to be confused with recreation, which I love. I'm occasionally forced to learn songs note for note(ish) and when I do I'm always thinking, man this is different from what I'd do there, and it's interesting learning how this recording's drummer arranged those notes. But then within a few months at most, if I'm not required to play it anymore, I forget all that I learned.
I don't mind covering stuff at all, and in fact do so every week in an open format where other musicians can call out things to play. I enjoy it and generally just pick up the grooves as we go if I've never heard the song on the radio enough or something. It's never been hard for me to tell when we're out of the song's pocket and I'll just make adjustments until we sound better I guess.
Lucky to be a drummer because that approach wouldn't work nearly as well for a guitar player, LOL.
It is nice to play drums and not have to worry about what the key is or where on the circle of fifths I need to be. I like it very much.