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1 For Don, Pete and the world on Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:30 pm

Don, I recently found this recording of The Chicken on the player, bottom left, in a very convenient loop:
I can listen to this all day, it's hypnotic. I'm trying to play to it to get some stamina and funk. I'm gonna do it every day for a while. Does it have to be one hand on the hat?

Pete, this one's for you, some of the best Erskine I've seen in a while, really beautiful:

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2 Re: For Don, Pete and the world on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:47 pm

Wow! I remember this piece from long ago, Woof.
No you don't absolutely have to play the hi hat with
one hand but I do believe that it would help because
of the pulse feel.... That's the old school funk with that
16th pulse funk feel and I feel (at least for me, it's a lot
easier to get THAT particular pulse/feel going with one
hand than it is with two. Of course it can be done with
two but you must remember to hit hader with the hand


on the hi hat and hit softer with the other hand playing:
-and-and-and-. You follow me?

Work on it both ways but I have a feeling that if you can
get the one hand, hi-hat pattern going, you'll be happier
with the results from that approach... I'll do a quick demo
clip soon and post it for you.

In the meantime, here's a great study piece for that kind of
feel.... Not to mention just a plain ol' great song.

Cool jazz number by the Kenny Wheeler Group, btw.

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3 Re: For Don, Pete and the world on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:39 pm

Thanks, Don, you're nailing it and that's the way I was heading. It is NOT easy keeping that thing going. People think drumming is easy including other musicians. They say things like "all you have to do is play the drums" and I'll just look at them and laugh. It may look easy and sound easy, but . . . bad drumming will surely ruin any good song. Don't ask me how I know.

In 1965 when James Brown developed his brand new bag, Junior Wells was laughing on his heels because like he said in his song put out about two months later, he aint got no brand new bag, 'cause he already had it. Some great drumming on the whole record, Hoodoo Man Blues, including 16th notes on the hat on a song or two. Snatch It Back is the first tune where he mocks James Brown (I raised my son on this stuff, it's a sentimental favorite):

Here's a real treat I discovered today. The whole 1964 show is a riot, but James Brown at 1:17:35 dwarfs everyone. You must have seen this footage before; fantastic drumming. This is a very clear copy, too, recent upload:

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4 Re: For Don, Pete and the world on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:54 pm

Long time, Woof.

Yes, I hear a lot of options. There
is not one way to do it. Go at it and
what comes naturally will work, if
dynamic and in tempo.

Don is right on track, as usual.

Of course, Peter is the top.



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