6/8 WarmUp #1 - Lesson
6/8 WARMUP #1
6/8 WARMUP #1 - Slow
Notes and Notation
Here is a great warmup in 6/8 time signature.
It's a great one for improving two basic sounds at a time, and for getting used to the 6/8 timing. Play it slow, and stay clear in your sounds. It's a good one to play with a funky feel.
Basically, just play two tones, two slaps, two basses and repeat.
Here is how it goes...
First play a Tone with the dominant hand.
Then a tone with non-dominant.
Then a Slap with the dominant hand.
Then a slap with non-dominant.
Then a Bass with the dominant hand.
Then a bass with non-dominant.
So it would look like this in notation, for those who like that stuff:
T t S s B b - one cycle
T t S s B b T t S s B b T t S s B b T t S s B b - four cycles
For a variation, you can "swing" it, which means, you add a slight more space between the first two hits, which makes a little closer to the next two. It's a certain "feel" that african music uses a lot to enhance the motivation to dance. It's an ancient hack to the nervous system, and it works really well. The only way to get feel, though, is to hear it, so watch and listen to the video to know what I mean by this variation.
If you are into notation, it would look kinda like this, a little exaggerated:
T tS sB b
T tS sB bT tS sB bT tS sB bT tS sB b
There are a many variations of this, but since this is actually a part that is used in some 6/8 rhythms, I use it for a good warmup. In the Membership area, there will be a few other drills that really accelerate your skills.
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