Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers Provides Foreword for Drum Book

December 12, 2011
Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has provided the foreword the The Drum Kit Handbook . The book will hit stores in February.

Here's how he introduces the book:

"Looking at all the great and very cool drum kits in this book, it struck me that our instrument hasn't changed a great deal since Gene Krupa's days. Sure, some big advances in hardware and shell construction have been made in the last 80 or so years, but the kit I play now with the Chili Peppers or with Chickenfoot is not very different from the one Mr. Krupa played in the 1930s. There's a reason for that: you don't fix it if it ain't broke! The simplest set up of a snare drum, a bass drum, a couple of toms, and some cymbals is still the weapon of choice for most drummers, and in my opinion, it's still the best way to get the point across. The drum kit endures because of this simplicity, but also because it is an incredibly adaptable instrument. Whether it's Max Roach with Charlie Parker, Ringo with The Beatles, Neil Peart with Rush, or some kid with headphones rocking out in his basement, the drum kit is the blank canvas onto which we get to paint our next masterpiece.

"I've been really fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to play a lot of different drum kits, and I'm not going to lie to you, it's been pretty awesome. Sitting behind my own kit on a big stage and getting to share my music with a stadium full of people is a dream come true for me. My drums are an extension of me - I communicate my personality, through them.

"Over the years I've been lucky enough to see many great drummers play and I've learned something very important; every drummer has his or her own sound and feel they carry with them wherever they go. It's the way they hit the drums and where they put the beat that identifies the drummer. But, the drum kit is the vehicle that makes our identity come alive. It's the instrument that let's the world know who we are."