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The Relationship of the Drummer and Percussionist

As a percussionist, playing with a drummer in a band can be a fun, challenging, and musically rewarding experience. This, of course, is dependent on the notion that both sides correctly understand not only their own roles in the music, but the other’s as well. The following five “rules” will help any percussionist to better understand how to listen, groove, and augment the music that they are playing.

The Hemiola and Other Improvisational Techniques

Becoming a better musician, when dealing with improvisation, isn’t just about what notes you play. It’s how you play those notes. The hemiola and other polyrhythmic concepts help musicians explore a vast new frontier of musical phrasing where rhythm and melody are intertwined, producing exciting musical motifs.

Working With Minimal Percussion(or with what you got!) and Keeping It Simple!!!

Congas, djembes, timpani, bells, shakers, timbales, tabla…on and on – how many percussion instruments do you own? While collecting is a price every percussionist has to pay, it’s important to do a check-up every once in awhile and think about what sounds can be generated from what you DO have. Sometimes the smallest and potentially “easiest” instruments to master in your arsenal have the most diversity and can be an invaluable resource.

Networking and “Working” Gigs Part 2

Networking is mostly about a relationship. “Working” a gig – whether you are a band leader or side man is about being a professional. Ultimately, both concepts interact in harmony and are inextricably interwoven together into this whole “gigging” process.

Networking and “Working” Gigs Part 1

Getting work as a musician can be a really tough task. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts or some sort of a “Holy Grail of Gigs” to find, but most of the time a little patience and persistence can pay off big time down the road.

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