Easy Beat 8 - Lesson
Easy Beat 8 - Fast
Easy Beat 8 - Slow
Easy Fancy Beat
This beat seems fancy, but most people find it easy to learn. Just watch and repeat. The main thing I want to share today is below... It's all about the PULSE!
Today's Tip : Support the Pulse
Pulse Pulse Pulse
The most important part of a rhythm is the pulse. It's like the heartbeat of the rhythm. Without the heartbeat, it all falls apart, just like your body would fall apart without your heartbeat.
The pulse is the foundation:
What is the pulse? How do you identify it?
The pulse is the main movement, the strongest impulse, the most important hit on the drums.
Usually the pulse is the first hit in a beat.
When I do the intro break in this rhythm, and then hit that first bass note, THAT is the first pulse for this rhythm, or the ONE, if you are counting in fours. In this rhythm, the second, lesser pulse, is the next to last slap. So if I wrote it out for you...
Bass ToneTone Tone Slap Slap or B . TT . T S . S .
PULSE dodo do PULSE da
Usually it's the low bass sound on the big drums in a circle. And usually it's the first hit in a simple beat like this one.
TIP: Usually it's what the dancers are moving to. If you ever get lost, WATCH the good dancers! They will know where the pulse is, and they are dancing to it. That means they are stepping to it, moving to it, doing locks to it. It's the main part of their movements. Which is also why WE as the drummers need to keep it ON the pulse for them.
So when you drum, and you are making things up, or using one of the East Beats, keep the main hits ON the pulse. Support the pulse wherever you can, and people will beg you to come and join their circles.
OK that's the main point for today. Keep it on the pulse!!
Screaming with Joy
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA