I can’t believe this record is almost twenty years old. It’s packed with great beats by Questlove and others. The track “Heat” samples Tony Allen, Fela Kuti’s one-time fellow band member and co-founder of the Afrobeat genre. Here are some beats from the record. – Beck Download the free pdfs HERE.
… or in here. Here’s a short jungle-beat/breakbeat inspired improv. Enjoy!
This one’s got a latin feel. A while ago I learned to play the cascara pattern with my left hand, so I can play open handed which frees up my right side. I’ve worked on going back and forth between both sides – inspires me to play and try different stuff.
I sometimes write minimal piano music only to contrast it with busy, breakbeaty beckbeat explorations. One part of me has a very methodical approach when it comes to practicing/playing the drums. The other part needs to let go and sketch, improvise and flow – without thought. Ideally, as an artist, I live a little bit…
I had to cancel most one-on-one lessons because of Covid-19, but decided to have a little fun and breakbeatify a Britney Spears classic. Stay safe, and keep washing them hands! Aloha!