Originally Posted by Thunderfoot
self taught and dropped beats
I am self taught and consider myself to be a decent drummer. I think a few lessons along the way would have been useful, but mainly to push the practices, increase arrangement memory and understand dropped notes and added notes....I still try and fathom what exactly goes on in 'Out on the Tiles' where there is the odd dropped note and possibly added note after the second Chorus?!?
5/4 12/8 7/8 3/4 etc I can understand but a rockin'4/4 with the odd 'clever' drop or add still confuses me...I can do it on the hoof as it were and can reverse the beat and correct myself by quarter or euth notes but to actually always be prepared for that tiny add or drop requires lots of repetition....
Well under stood, for us Yanks learn the old habits of learning to driving from our parents. But at the same time I've taken defensive driving, and now am a much better driver.
It's similar to drumming. I've also noticed that in the UK, the music is more melodic in comparison to that of the U.S.
The U.S. style has more roughage, That's why allot of people from the UK that I've known in my time, love that soulful music. I'm still waiting to here a band that combines both UK and U.S style with a mix down.
Even the Beatles have tried it, Jeff Beck and others, but not quite successful at it. Now when drum schooling is in the picture, we tend to categorize them. Such as Big Band, Rock, Marching, Jazz, and so on.
Getting back to the drumming, as I've mentioned before, I'm self taught, but my son also plays drumms and he's into Industrial Rock. Now he's coming around to the 60's interest of sound. Just got him some Jimi Hendrix Tabs for guitar. He's very talented and also plays keyboard. I think that he's also looking for that mix now that he's older.
Mitch Mitchell for example, was able to "DRUM" to just about anything that was thrown at him and he went to drumming school. As was I able to "PLAY" to just about anything that was thrown at me as a self taught..
So the bottom line is that, Drumming and playing drums are of two different concepts.
Bananas and Apples as you may.
I don't play drums, I play with my drums in order to complement the bands needs.
Some drummers take drumming very seriously, while other drummers are having fum, as I am.