Drummer Talk

Peter Erskine’s take on ‘Whiplash’

We’ve chatted a lot about the new movie, Whiplash, here at Drummer Talk and how it paints a somewhat terrifying view of intense music programs.

We’ve even discussed its realism, but when Peter Erskine chimes in on the subject, we’re going to pay extra close attention.

I’m disappointed that any viewer of the film will not see the joy of music-making that’s almost always a part of large-ensemble rehearsals and performances. Musicians make music because they LOVE music. None of that is really apparent in the film, in my opinion.

Also: if someone wants to test my ability to play a tempo: give me 4 beats, not just two — YOU don’t even know the tempo with that kind of a count-off, Mr. Band Director.

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