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The drummer always gets overlooked.

Posted by ConcertHotels on Fri, 19 June 2015

Pick a band. Any band. We bet you can name the frontman. You can probably name the guitarist. But can you name the person who sits at the back? The one with the sticks.

That's the real question.

Look at U2. Everyone knows Bono. Most people know The Edge. But the drummer? Well? Turns out he's called Larry Mullen.

Yep. The drummer of U2 is called Larry.


We got your back Larry.
Now we at Concert Hotels say that this cannot go on any longer. We ask, no we demand equal recognition for drummers. No longer can they go on at the back of the stage: out of sight and out of mind. We ask for proper lighting. We ask that we encourage our children to play more than just the guitar or the piano or the flute. We ask for drum solos. Glorious glorious drum solos. Drum solos to drown out the traffic, the neighbours rowing, the dogs barking.

But we know that takes time. Everyone has to start somewhere. So start with Got Rhythm


Drumming is hard. Got Rhythm, our latest game shows this. All you have to do is tap out one simple beat. No melody. No chords. No bells. No whistles. No flutes.

Harder than it looks isn't it?
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31 comments

Mike

June 20, 2015

I'm spending way too much time on this game - seriously addictive! Best score yet, 920, but I have no consistency at all.

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Thomas

July 1, 2015

How wide is the time window?

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ConcertHotels

July 1, 2015

Hi Thomas, are you referring to the time between beats? That is top secret I'm afraid :) What's your best score so far? Good luck!

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Thomas

July 4, 2015

Very addictive - and so entertaining. Great fun! :-) - after some training the beat seemed to continue. I could hear it in the back of my mind while tapping. And it helped to get the scores steady around 900 - with 929 as my best result. And, yes, consistency is a problem :-)

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Anders

July 17, 2015

This game seems to recognize mouse button releases (?click?/?mouseup? events), when it should be recognizing mouse button presses (?mousedown? events).

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ConcertHotels

July 17, 2015

Thanks Anders, that's a fair comment - we appreciate the feedback and will investigate how easy this is to put in place.

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alp sez

July 31, 2015

Great comment

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Arne

July 17, 2015

Really nice, I love it! :) There's a really small bug though, on hovering it says "NaNms" instead of displaying the actual amount of milliseconds.

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ConcertHotels

July 17, 2015

Hi Arne, thanks for your feedback, and glad you love our drumming game! We'll investigate the bug now - but where exactly are you seeing "NaNms" appearing - on the score break down screen? When you hover there, you should see the score from each beat out of 50. Thanks for your help, ConcertHotels

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Matt

July 17, 2015

Hey. Love the game. It's fun to challenge myself like this. I'm wondering if you guys have any idea what the average is or if you are collecting data on this. I've polled some of my musician friends and they're all up in the high 800s on their first try. I'm kind of curious what the average joe gets though.

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ConcertHotels

July 20, 2015

Thanks Matt, we haven't been keeping track of the average score up to now, but we appreciate your feedback and will look into putting this in place.

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ConcertHotels

July 21, 2015

Hi Matt, it turns out that we do have a way of collecting the previous scores of all participants. We're analysing the data and will post a page that discusses it in the coming weeks. We'll keep you posted.

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Brett

July 17, 2015

This is a really great game for so many reasons, I particularly love the visualization feedback afterwards. I think its an excellent tool, but I would love to know more about how you created it. I am a musician, but I'm also just starting to get interested in coding,. I would really love to hear the process behind making something like this.

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Rick

July 17, 2015

Game states I score 951, but all individual scores add up to 1001. There are always 21 trials added with a max.score of 50 per trial, so the total-max isn't 1000 but 1050!

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ConcertHotels

July 20, 2015

Thanks Rick, I think there is a slight bug where we're displaying one more bar in the score breakdown than we should be, but the maximum score available is 1000. We'll put a solution in place in the near future.

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ConcertHotels

July 21, 2015

Hi Rick, the bug has been fixed, you should now only see 20 bars in the scoring system. Sorry about that and thanks for making us aware of it. The ConcertHotels team

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Rick

July 24, 2015

Thanks, it's a nice app by the way!

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Scott

July 19, 2015

Decent game (I seem to be consistently in the mid 800's). Perhaps the next addition would be a different tempo or two?

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ConcertHotels

July 20, 2015

Thanks Scott, we had so many cool ideas that we wanted to add to the game, such as different tempos, different drums etc. In the end we decided to keep the game as simple as possible, but we'll certainly consider adding more functionality in the future.

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Blah

July 24, 2015

What if someone was tapping at the perfect tempo, but they were out of sync with the muted click track? Would you guys count that as perfect, or do you only count relative to the hidden click?

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ConcertHotels

July 27, 2015

The scoring is based on the time between subsequent beats. So if you start off slightly out of sync, the scoring for your initial beat or two might be low, but as long as subsequent beats are 500 milliseconds apart you will achieve a good score. We don't want to penalize people who have a perfect tempo, but are just slightly out of sync.

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aztazt

July 27, 2015

Four firsts tries : 854 801 901 913. I'm not musician at all. I'm the Matt's average Joe.

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rickondrums.com

July 29, 2015

Very addictive..Played it all night a few nights ago. My top score so far has been 935, with my average hovering in the 865 to 890 range. What I found is that it seriously conditions you to be hyper aware of your meter. At a gig yesterday, I found I was ultra-metronomic in my time-keeping.. I was aware in the subtle shifts in the musics' tempo changes at times and would not stray from it..Is this a good thing? Maybe, you are locked on top of the beat, so if may lack feel and seem rushed. But it was solid non the less. I honestly think this little game would be a great exercise for anyone teaching music.

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Corry

July 30, 2015

Wonderful teaching tool! Every aspiring musician has to face Father Time. And he says me that my music sucks when I don't obey him! No one ever said I had a problem with rushing the beat. Maybe they didn't want to hurt my feelings. Now I know I need to spend time everyday as part of my rehearsal working on being able to keep a steady beat. It's basics for being a good musician. Thanks for the game! I look forward to seeing a full version that teachers can use to test their students and help them to see their deficiencies as well as their improvements as they work towards being obedient to time.

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guy

August 5, 2015

If it's time between hits then you can't actually measure a musical tempo. Say you're early one beat then late the next - you'd be on tempo to an actual tempo, but not to the math that measure time between hits.

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Cory

August 26, 2015

I noticed that I got better scores (903, 915) when I did more of the tapping motion with the palm of my hand, and my finger sticking out, than when I tried to tap with my finger alone. So my rhythm is good, but my finger control is bad!

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Red

September 5, 2015

Cool game, but doesn't share your score when sharing on facebook.

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Kathy

September 23, 2015

Curiously, I usually do better with the sound off, not hearing the beat at all, just remembering it. And I always do better after I meditate and am really relaxed.

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Johnathan

October 14, 2015

Constantly get mid to upper 800's. Never played an instrument in my life, is this higher, lower, or average?

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Charles

November 22, 2015

Q: What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? A: Homeless

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Peter

February 28, 2016

944

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