It’s been a while since we first met here on DRUMmagazine.com. Since then we’ve worked hard and come a long way, yet we have barely scratched the surface. There’s a lot more to cover, but I think now is the best time to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished together and have fun with it.
The primary benefit of learning to master total independence is the way it inspires creativity. All musicians need a source of new ideas and inspiration. I strongly believe that following my method not only will make you better understand your instrument, but help you discover many other of its possibilities.
Let’s take a look at how to use independence in a musical situation, starting with a groove. You can come up with your own groove ideas, but in this lesson we will play paradiddles between the hi-hat and snare drum with some accents. Let’s start by accenting the first note of each group, although there are many other options.
Then we’ll accent the second note of each group.
We will also borrow a page out of my upcoming book to use as a reading material worksheet for our bass drum to follow alongside our paradiddle patterns. This will complete our “groove maker.”
Keep your hi-hat and snare drum accents loud and ghost notes very soft. At this point reading the bass drum parts should be very easy for you so you can fully focus on the groove you are creating and really enjoy it.
While following the page with your bass drum, try coming up with your own rhythms that you can use when jamming or recording.
When you get comfortable following the bass drum rhythms as written, try getting creative. For example I picked the first and fourth line from the page and made each quarter-note an eighth-note triplet.