Let your right hand teach your left.
Just a little playing and experimenting with different tunings. Enjoy.
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.
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.
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
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.