6/8 Warmup #2 - LESSON
6/8 WARMUP #2 - fast
6/8 WARMUP #2 - Slow
Notes and Notation
THIS IS MY FAVORITE WARMUP
In this one, I warm up all three sounds, and tend to get going pretty fast, to develop everything, from my clarity, my transitions from one sound to the other, my stamina, and speed. It's my favorite for sure.
In this one, I do what I call the walking 6/8 rhythm, but with alternating slaps and tones. That just means, I start with a Bass like a step forward, then other hand with a tone, then other hand with Tone, then a bass with the other hand, kind of like walking. I am always alternating hands, so it's a good one and easy at any speed once you get it.
So it goes like this... Bass tone Tone bass Slap slap
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 B t T b S s - four cycles
Just for kicks, start on the other side, starting with non-dominant for balance...
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 b T t B s S - four cycles
You can always swing it too, for an extra variation.
B = Bass with the dominant hand and
b = bass with the non-dominant hand
T = Tone with the dominant and
t = tone with the non-dominant
S = Slap with dominant, and
s = slap with non-dominant
Of course, it's all about how it sounds, so watch and listen to the video! I really don't like using notation for people, because you won't get the feel.
Remember, just 10 minutes a day will progress you as a drummer like lightning. And less, and you just won't get far. And more is not always more productive, because you might get tired of it and slow down or stop. Do it 10 minutes a day, and if you consistently want more, do more, but ease it up, and don't just binge your drumming, unless you do it on purpose one day a week.
Just sayin', from experience, so try it this way and see if I am right. And if not, let me know!
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