Ben Andrews

How to Fake It (with Fred Armisen)

Fred Armisen of Portlandia recently made a video with The New York Times Syle Magazine how to pretend to be a drummer.  See “read more” link for video.

“All you have to do,” he says, “is play very little. Play the ride [cymbal] a lot, and once in a while, hit the drum. And you have to look kinda cool, like you do not care.” He demonstrates this technique, and it is indeed convincing. If all people want to do is pose like a drummer from the 1930s or 1940s in a photograph, Armisen has some advice for that, too. It’s a snap. Just hold the sticks in the air and grin broadly.

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