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The Art Of Playing Softly

There are performances that require a very light touch. Either because people are very close to the bandstand or the room is loud no matter how you play. The control is in the wrists. Any style can be performed with a very light touch. Here are a few styles demonstrated requiring that kind of sensitivity.

Side-Stick 1

One of the most crucial techniques in the art of playing drums is the use of the side-stick. The side-stick is used in all styles of music, however it is most commonly associated with soft R&B (Smooth Jazz), Pop Ballads, Country, Reggae, Samba and Latin/Salsa. I’ve developed a few techniques over the years that are shared and demonstrated in this lesson along with adding the style of Hip Hop.

Creating Drum Chants 2

A drum chant is a pattern or short patterns that make up a long pattern. This second lesson on building drum chants encourages more insights involving the art of phrasing. The chant is basically known in the Western world as a “drum beat” or “beat”. Simple chants are demonstrated at moderate tempos in 4/4 and 5/4. It’s always a well rounded measure to practice everything in duple and triple time. I encourage thinking not only inside the box, but outside as well as around and even further out.

Doubles 1

Developing clean even doubles are demonstrated at slow, moderate and fast tempos. This is played in duple and triple feel. This allows you to look at doubles from two perspectives. It also gives you greater control and leverage commanding everything in duple and triple feel. I begin with a warm up I typically use that employs doubles. This helps loosen the wrists before performing which also gives me greater control and longevity in the long run. I recently attached the PDF file “Doubles 2” to this lesson months after the original post because I repeated this lesson again in Doubles 2. Basically Doubles 1 and Doubles 2 are the same lesson but from different perspectives and approaches.