Originally Posted by 8Mile
Couple questions for the cats:
1) Sweeping motions with brushes: Clockwise or counter-clockwise? Counter-clockwise here, though I'm under the impression I'm in the minority.
2) Playing 3/4, do you typically keep time with the hi-hat with left foot on beat 2 or beats 2 and 3? Or do you go the Elvin route and do something else entirely?
1. For a long time I played clockwise until one day I realized that I had unconsciously switched directions . I still have no idea why, it just happened naturally. Now I play counter-clockwise.
2. My default in 3 is on beat 2, but I do like to switch it up if the tune calls for it. For example on a more gospel style 3 I like to do beats 2 and 3 to simulate clapping. On the other hand if a tune has a more "floaty" groove I may only use the hi-hat for coming (with the great Roy Haynes in mind).