4/4 WarmUp #2 - Lesson
4/4 WARMUP #2
4/4 WARMUP #2 - Slow
Notes and Notation
Here is another one, a very easy and powerful drill for warming up your hands and skills. Practice, practice, practice. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get really good in 90 days!
In this one, let's use a very common rhythm part, but change a few things, to make it a better practice rhythm. You might recognize it as a part of traditional Kuku rhythm, but with slaps thrown in to practice those.
It goes like this:
Bass bass Tone tone Slap slap
So if you like notation, which I am not a big fan of for several reasons, it would go something like this:
B - - - B - - - T - t - Ss - - one cycle
B - - - B - - - T - t - Ss - - B - - - B - - - T - t - Ss - - B - - - B - - - T - t - Ss - - B - - - B - - - T - t - Ss - -
If you want to think about it, it sounds kinda like this : Slow Slow Now Go Faster. That's how I teach my younger students how to remember it.
Of course, listen and watch the video to get the hang of it. It's actually one of the easier ones, once you see and hear it.
Now go have some fun drumming!
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