DRUM SOLO LESSON #1:
(03/18/2014): This is the first in a series of lessons I hope to do on the topic of drum solo techniques. As luck would have it, my old video camera bought the farm as I was preparing to do all this. This particular video was captured on a friend's iPhone camera. I'll be acquiring a new video cam soon and hope to provide a series of solo lessons that may help you discover the thrills of drum solo improvisation.
It's a ton of fun if you can put your own negativity on ice, then explode with your own creative solo ideas on a routine and daily basis. It's one of the very best ways to get the 'chops' (or coordination) up to speed.
Rudiments are great if you can tolerate the boredom, but soloing accomplishes the same general end-result, and . . . as we enjoy some of the most incredible fun we'll ever experience in our life.Also; if you are as old as I am, this is also great for health and stamina. Turn it into a real workout and it make a part of your daily routine. I still use the same general formula I've used since I was a kid. It's even easier now that we have the Web to help us; as I'll explain below. Here it is:
This is all 100% original artistry! That means there are absolutely NO RULES! There is no right or wrong! You've just discovered a brand new means of self-expression. The artist within you has just escaped into a new World.
Here's a short solo I did after listening to Buddy Rich for 15 or 20 minutes. There's not a lot in this solo that will ever compare to Buddy, but just listening to him gave me ideas that I do not normally play. In a way, I'm stealing subliminally from one of my own heros. That's the point of this lesson. Listening to drummers who top us, also helps us elevate our own playing. A LOT will rub off. It works!
Video:The real point is; if we do this religiously day after day; a lot of really great things will begin to happen within a VERY short time . . . As we continually hit those accidental great licks and repeat, repeat, repeat them around the set different ways, they become engrained within our own mind as OUR ideas. They become a part of our own solo routine. They become memorized, so that if we decide to play a solo without listening to anyone beforehand, we'll play those ideas, because they are now OUR ideas. Gradually, one accidental great lick becomes two that we play a dozen different ways each, then there's three, four and eventually hundreds.
At some point we get to where if we want to pay a solo, we pull from that little bank of ideas that are now ours. The more of those ideas we have, the more complex our solos become and we realize that we rarely repeat ourselves. As few as 8 or 10 good ideas played 15 or 20 different ways each will equal hundreds and thousands of uniquely different solos. No two solos will ever be exactly the same but they will all be based on the same primary ideas we've discovered by simply thrashing about the drums and playing twhaat our minds have dictated, after listening to our own favorite personal drumming heros.THE PLOT THICKENS . . .
To my own shock and dismay, as I worked my way down the various rudiment charts I made a really neat discovery. I quickly discovered that all that fun I'd been having at the set playing solos, actually had funny names. They were called names like Flams, Ruffs, Paradiddles, etc., etc. I had already learned the rudiments by simply LISTENING then PLAYING (in that very specific order).
The rudiments were a breeze. I had fairly well mastered them (over a year or so) of fun jamming with the solos. I could easily play them all. The most difficult part was memorizing the names. I had essentially learned rudiments the same way they had been learned by those who "invented" them in 1933 (and beyond); William F. Ludwig and his gang. They later formed an organizatio that became known as the N.A.R.D.(National Association of Rudimental Drummers). I had discovered the rudiments and fairly well mastered them by proxy or automatically . . . by listening, then playing what my mind told me to play. That is the value of this type of fun study! At the time, it didn't seem like serious study at all. I was simply having fun, expressing myself rhythmically.
So, to bring this first solo lesson to a close I'll just mention this:
A quick and easy Google Search for ' drum solo videos' will put entire collections of the very best drum solo artists in the world at your fingertips. Give them all a listen. Get inspired. Then PLAY what you are thinking.
Listen to your mind and then play what it dictates after you have listened to one of the truly great drummers. Do it 30-minutes per day for 30-days. The results will be fantastic. Plus, you'll have the most fun you've ever enjoyed in your life.
Okay, okay, it may only rank as second most fun for some, but it's still a LOT of fun!
Here's a triplet solo . . .
VIDEO: Click here to watch the wmv version.
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