Video That Will Get You To Never Underestimate Ringo Again

UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 15: Beatle Ringo Starr, b.1940. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)

The general consensus is that Ringo was The Beatles’ ideal drummer. Certainly, he was an excellent drummer—indeed.

He was not a particularly skilled rock & roll drummer when compared to slightly later performers like Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice, and Ringo, who were more of a pop drummer. He wasn’t cocky, ostentatious, creative, or even remotely technical on the drum set.

One of favorite drum solos of Ringo’s is on the Abbey Road Medley; it is powerful, precise, and conservative. He didn’t perform solos all that frequently, but when he did, he almost never made a mistake. Fills and rolls were his forte from a pure percussion standpoint. In the history of classic rock, Ringo is not considered as a “drummer’s drummer.” Charlie Watts might be a better analogy, however Ringo’s experience in skiffle would stand out in contrast to Watts’ real jazz approach; otherwise, their respective iconic bands’ successful musical positions were extremely comparable.

Ringo’s immeasurable (and irreplaceable) contribution to The Beatles was not his technical prowess or creative originality, but rather his sharing of the musical concepts that the other three Beatles had passed on to him both during the writing process and in the recording studio.

Watch the video below, a YouTuber called Mike (The-Art-of-Guitar) explained how great Ringo was as a drummer.