The Walking Rhythm!
6/8 Rhythm Part 4 - Lesson
6/8 rhythm Part 4
This one is known as the Walking Rhythm, like walking with your hands.
6/8 Rhythm Part 4 - Medium
6/8 Rhythm Part 4 - Slow
Notes and Notation
This is what we call the Walking Rhythm, and I play it here with slaps, because it's my favorite way to play it, and my favorite way to warm up and drill my three sounds!
Basically, the notation show the walking pattern, when you look at the basses. Start with one hand forward on the bass, then add two tones, then forward again with a bass on the other hand, then two slaps. Repeat. Here is what it might look like for the notation peeps (highlighting the Basses to show you the walking):
B t T b S s - one cycle
B t T b S s B t T b S s B t T b S s - three cycles
This one challenges right and left hemisphere synchrony. The more you play it, the more coordinated you become, not just in drumming, but in dancing, walking, mowing the grass. Yup, this stuff makes you smarter. And now science is catching up to prove it. Cool huh?
Drum on! And practice!
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