How to Play 6/8 Solos Together
How to Solo in 6/8 When It's Your Turn
This is how I was taught is a great way to play these two solo parts together in a rhythm, as the soloist for a couple minutes or less. I will play it exactly as you might do it, when rotating solos from person to person in a group.
I will start by playing a break to introduce a basic 6/8 part, followed by a basic 6/8 pattern, like you would hear in a group. Then I will play the basic 6/8 break again, like the soloist before me would do in a live situation, when they are ending their solo time. Let's assume it's my turn to solo next. Now I play the solo patterns, first separated, then close together. First the Solo #1, then the Solo #2. Then of course, the break to end my solo, which is the signal for the next person to do their solo time.
Got it? It's easier just to listen, and you will see what I mean, instantly!
And of course, I will play them at different speeds for you. The slower one would never be done live, because they just don't play that slow in an advance group. But I play it for you, to give you a chance to get used to the patterns and steps to play. Practice the series of steps until you can go faster, and practice at full speed. Anyone will be impressed you know these!
OK Let's drum this thing! I love these!
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