Scientist doing a test with the text The "American Girl" litmus testSometimes you’ve gotta replace a bandmate… and sometimes it’s the drummer. Your two favorite band geeks talk through this process in-depth today, exploring both how you find someone (yes, including Craigslist!) and then how you might go about auditioning them. But it’s more than that… how do you get to know them? And what’s does “American Girl” have to do with it? You’ll have to listen to find out!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 131 – Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017
  • 00:00:52 Searching for a new drummer
  • 00:05:51 We like the same music, we like the same bands, we like the same clothes
  • 00:10:12 You drummers are crazy people, I’ll tell you that!
  • 00:10:47 Craigslist is great for vetting people
  • 00:15:20 Managing the purists
  • 00:17:27 Syncing your goals and availability are the most important things
  • 00:25:37 Have a well-defined audition process
  • 00:29:07 The “American Girl” Litmus Test
  • 00:36:29 GG Outtro
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John · September 28, 2017 at 7:42 am EDT

Just a thought re: the “litmus” for auditioning drummers whether it’s ‘American Girl’ or whatever song is consider the drummer may also auditioning the band! And where every band handles ‘American Girl’ differently, how well does the band or anyone in the band COMMUNICATE with a sub/new musician in the band for stops/endings/intros particularly where things are done differently than the tune? I can count on a hand how many.

    dave · September 28, 2017 at 7:56 am EDT

    Great point, John! You’re absolutely right that the musician should be auditioning the band. Looking for communication is important. We’ll discuss this on an upcoming episode!

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