Quarantine Beats

What do you do if you’re a drummer and in quarantine? Practice, of course!

I no longer have the luxury of an acoustic kit at home, but I don’t let that stop me from creating, practicing and experimenting.

I’m using a Roland TD-17KVX and trigger Addictive Drums 2 through my MacBook Pro.

Having said that, nothing beats a REAL drum kit and I look forward to striking plastic and metal objects in rhythmic intervals, with carved wooden dowels.

Hopefully sooner than later.

Aloha!

– Beck

Beat-Shift

This one’s for my friend, Dauven, because he asked me about the beat-shifting thing.

Here’s an example with a click and a handclap on 2 & 4. Note: the high note of the click is on count “2.”

  • I shift the starting point of the groove, from 1 to 1E, to 1&, to 1 A – moving it one sixteenth note at a time.
  • It’s tricky because your mind tells you you’re off, and wants to establish a new reference point, a new “One”  …..  I love this sh*t

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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 in both worlds.

Ideally.