The age-old battle of internet tryhards – is sound in the hands? The question is absurd, of course – there are exactly three sounds that are in the hands: clapping, snapping, and hand farts. Everything else is a combination of your hands and something else – strings, wood, electricity, butts.


The thing they’re really saying is that a good player can sound good regardless of the quality of gear, and no amount of good gear will make a bad player sound good. Last year, Glenn Fricker put the saying to the test, Mythbusters-style with his video Is the sound really in the hands? in which he determined that on the guitar, at least, the player made a huge difference in the tone.

Now he’s back to see if it’s also true of the drums.

I think the differences were even more obvious on the drums. There’s so many different sounds you can make, but a limited number of pitches on the drums, so when you hit a drum or cymbal differently the contrast is easier to detect.

But that’s just my dumb opinion, what’s yours?

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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  • they all sounded just the same

  • You need to put up a disclaimer on everything that has to do with Glenn Fricker so I don’t get sucked in to adding clicks to his garbage. He’s a useless whiny bitch with zero decent engineering, producing or mixing credits to his name.

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