Finally the day has come where we can end horrible stereotypes, not put certain people down, and realize all these years you should have been listening to your drummer. That’s right, science has proven drummers are smarter than you!
There are few secret paths to successfully becoming a genius in this world. Nutrition during the first 18 months of life, reading instead of watching TV as a child, or taking AP classes in high school to name a few, but there is one secret we are going to let you in on. The Rock Gods have lit up the path to intelligence from the only guy sitting on a throne on stage! (It seems so obvious when we say it like that.) Researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute found, after playing a series of beats, drummers who had better rhythm scored higher on an intelligence test. The research suggests using all the parts of a drumkit to keep a beat is actually an expression of intrinsic problem-solving abilities. Other studies from the University of Washington and University of Texas also show rhythmic music can make normal, non-drumming, people smarter.
In addition to the intelligence drummers are sharing with the world, the University of Oxford researchers have found drummers, while playing together, create a natural “high” for each other. Obviously some rock stars like John Bonham (R.I.P.) didn’t know about this and were forced to find other ways to get high…
If the intelligence and “high” isn’t enough, researchers also have discovered the cause of a drummer getting off beat. You noticed the crash cymbal that appeared to be early during the Star Spangled Banner? The drummer didn’t have a complete mental meltdown. He actually was so into the groove he tuned in with the pulse of Mother Earth herself! See there is a natural rhythm found all over Earth. Some Harvard smaa(r)t-guys discovered that a drummer’s internal clock moves in waves rather than cyclical. This wave patterned clock is found in human brainwaves, sleeping heart rates, and the nerve firings in felines’ ears. So remember next time you are doing a gig and you hear your drummer get off beat, he is actually in time with the world and your chump bassist is the one who should be kicked out of the band!