Easy Beat 9 - Lesson
Hi! Robert here, with another Easy Beat!
In today's Easy Beat for Drum Circles, we get to have fun again, this time with just tones and slaps. You DID practice your tones and slaps, right? It makes all the difference when you can make the sounds, so practice practice.
This one is cool, because it sounds like someone saying: "Hey! Where are you?"
So, it begins with a slap, then two close tones, then another tone. The slap is on the pulse, or on the one, and the second tone is on the pulse, or the three. Anyway, as always, just listen. It's always easier to learn that way, for me, and most people.
I will break it down in the videos here, one beat at a time, then... play it fast and slow. Remember, never try to play faster than you can play it well.
In the tip video below, I want you to know one of the most important points of all... LISTEN!
OK. Drum on. Yeehah!
Easy Beat 9 - Fast
Easy Beat 9 - Slow
Today's Tip : Listen!
Listening is the key to playing in a group.
Listening to your drum:
Listen to your sounds, and make them clearly, to add the most melody and be on time.
Listening to your heart:
Play what you really want to play, from within
Listen to the other drummers:
Make sure you are playing with the lead drummers, so you are supporting and distracting from the beat. And sometimes, the lead drummers will give signals for what comes next, so everyone can be in synchrony, which is one of the 20 principals I teach about.
Listen and watch the dancers:
For me, it's all about drumming for the dancers, so if people are dancing, keep it strong, and make sure you play the pulse, so they have what they really need to hold on to. Dancers are the purpose of drumming!
Listening to the group energy:
It's all about being a part of something bigger than yourself, and not just about playing to be heard. Before you can be heard, you must give the others that chance to be heard.
(TIP: This is also very true in relationships. LISTEN before you speak. As much as you want to be heard, so does your partner. So take the strong role, and be the listener first. When they feel heard, the energy will soften, and you can share your feelings next, with a chance of being heard. Until someone feels heard, they cannot, and will not, ever hear you. OK off the soapbox.)
When I play in drum circles, I usually end up holding the down beat, the pulse, the bass drum, for most of the night. That way, I support the groove more than I could by drumming loud. Other times, the groove is strong enough on its own, and the group is rolling along with clarity and purpose, than I can say something of my own on the drum.
But first, I have to LISTEN to what the group and groove are needing, THEN I can add that, and nothing else. If the groove is weak, then I add something else, like the pulse on a big drum, or just hit the bass on my djembe.
OK... one more lesson to go!