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Here is another video which looks at a few grooves from the upcoming Tribalectric album. Hope you enjoy!
Hi Guys and Gals,
I recently put together another video which looks at drum grooves from the upcoming Tribalectric record, coming out Spring 2014. Hope you enjoy!
I (somewhat) recently had the chance to spend some time looking at and learning a Highlife rhythm that Royal Hartigan transcribed in his wonderful book on West African rhythms. I hope you enjoy these types of grooves as much as I do!
One of the best things that one can do for their overall playing is to record themselves. I am constantly recording my students in my home studio so we can critique their playing, which they find to be very helpful. I also record myself, which I personally find useful (and often frustrating and depressing!). One of the things that I have been doing over the last few live shows I have played is recording the band off a brand new soundboard that I recently purchased. There were several things that struck me as being needed to work on, including:
a) Picking a pattern/groove, and sticking with it. There were several occasions within songs that I would switch patterns, where it seemed I couldn’t just settle on a groove.
b) Speeding up during choruses, slowing down during verses…..ughh!
c) Fills that seemed non-committal and weak. Most often, this had to deal with sticking patterns that just weren’t right for the proper execution of the fill.
SO, as the tittle of this blog suggests, it was ..Welcome to the Machine (if some of you didn’t get the Pink Floyd reference, my apologizes..). I decided I need to spend a portion of my time practicing to programmed drum patterns, gridded out in Protools. I do this along with pre-programmed fills and make sure I am coming right back into the same pattern I was playing before the fill. Tedious? Yes….Drudgery? Absolutely! And although I certainly don’t want to sound like a machine (wait, maybe I do, that’s what is being played on most “hits” these days) it certainly can’t hurt to lock in some time playing and play consistently and clearly!
Until next time….
Put together another video recently which looks at creative ways to use rhythmic figures to improve singles and doubles. Enjoy!
Hi Guys and Gals,
Had the opportunity to put together a video lesson which features a concept I have been working with some of my students. Hope you find it helpful, enjoy!
Here is a quick video I put together recently looking at ways to incorporate paradiddles/accent placement. Enjoy!
Hey Guys and Gals,
Been very busy as of late so haven’t had much time to create any videos, but did manage to get a short instructional piece out last week. Here it is! Enjoy.
This month’s student spotlight focuses on Lisa Jackson, who started taking lessons with Mark a few months ago. A new drummmer, Lisa has been very dedicated to her craft, and is disciplined when it comes to working out her lessons.
Name: Lisa Jackson
Residence: Marietta, GA.
Occupation: Business Owner
Years Playing: 1
A little bit about Lisa: Lisa is a mother of two young boys and owns her own clothing store. She likes a wide variety of music, and enjoys going to see live shows.
Mark’s comments about Lisa: I would say Lisa knows more about up-and-coming artists than anyone I know. She is always turning me on to new music. Of course, I am always trying to turn her on to old music! She has a great sense of humor and when presented with a difficult exercise on the drum set, she doesn’t give up until she gets it. Oh yes, she is also a fan of goats!