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    Larry (the drummer) says: ....I was naive. I was a couple of classes below and I was still struggling academically. But I could keep a beat and that went a long way.

    ---Does he mean that he knew how to hit the drums and could do it for a long time?

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    Re: keep beat

    It means that he knew how to play the drums, but more context is needed to understand what is meant by 'went a long way'.

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    Re: keep beat

    Before he said that he was worldly wise or roadworthy, but naive.
    Later, after the part I quoted in my previous post, it says: It was a little odd spending time with guys who were older and more advanced than me.

    ---I'm not sure whether it is any more helpful to understand "went a long way"

    By the way: what does it mean he was "roadworthy". I know that a car can be roadworthy.

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    Re: keep beat

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Larry (the drummer) says: ....I was naive. I was a couple of classes below and I was still struggling academically. But I could keep a beat and that went a long way.

    ---Does he mean that he knew how to hit the drums and could do it for a long time?

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    No. "that went a long way" means that his talent was very useful in overcoming his other disadvantages.
    Similarly, "A nice personality goes a long way in a girl who is not very pretty".
    "A little bit of caring from a visitor goes a long way to many people in prison".

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    Re: keep beat

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    By the way: what does it mean he was "roadworthy". I know that a car can be roadworthy.

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    It means that, although he was relatively inexperienced and naive, he knew well enough how to behave on a road trip with all the other roadies, without causing too much trouble.

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