I've overused Bernard Purdie's "One, a two, a you know what to do," and a trumpet player's "One, two, buckle my shoe," and I need some new ideas. I figured this would be a great place to go...
That works in the studio too. It makes the band really feel the time. And you can edit it out on the mixdown if you don't want the extra beat in there.I have used a snare hit for "4" in my counts for, oh, ever it seems. Nobody ever seems to mind. "1, 2, 3, BAM", song starts.
Nice curveball count. Reminds me a bit of Lars Ulrich's count-off to Leper Messiah. He counts off a bar of five (ONE --- TWO --- tssch tssch tssch tssch tssch) for a song in 4/4 and where the riff clearly starts on 1. No idea if it's intentional or if Lars completely misunderstood the timing of the riff and they just kept it in.We came up with this for an album cut once. The drummer screaming count off to the choruses.
Wouldn't you have to say "this song is on the root of the thickest string"? He's a bass player, after allif i know a song is in say G i will look at the bassist and say 'ready? you sure? okay ... this song is in the key of E!' and watch him sweat the first bar!