Originally Posted by toddbishop
Fixed your text there. I love the way you play the bass drum on the first part-- obviously you don't play it that strong all the time, but it swings for real. Your 8s remind me of Art Taylor, for some reason-- very hard boppy. Those are great, functional, working drummer
breaks you're playing-- I don't feel like I'm hearing you make a personal statement there, but maybe that's not what you're trying to demonstrate there. If it were me I'd probably play the unaccented notes softer, but that's a personal thing. Oh, I also like the super hip, super traditional setup you play at the beginning with the stick shot-- where did you get that?
It sounds like maybe the comping @ 140 thing is something LaRoca requested you play? There's a little bit of air between your cymbal and the comping part, even though you're playing both with authority-- the cymbal ends up getting the short end there, sounding a little weak. I think if I was going to turn that practice room piece into something I'd use in music I'd break it up substantially, bring the SD volume way down and find places to accent it, and always keep the focus on the cymbal-- I know you already know that. I personally hate playing multiples with the LH when playing that kind of thing-- I only want to play single notes and doubles-- I wrote up my method
for that here-- I think you might dig it.
Thanks for asking me to listen to it, and congratulations on studying with LaRoca! What an incredible opportunity. I got to see him play in Portland around '99 or so-- I think his chops were down, but he was great-- like Elvin, but even looser. Soak up as much of that history as you can for the rest of us.
thank you very much for the advice brother ....and for checking out the vid
I actually was feathering the bass drum but the mic I was using apparently loves the frequency of the kick ....sounds much louder in the recording than I was actually playing it
yeah my taps do need to come down......something I'm currently wrestling with ...they get away from me sometimes
to have Art Taylor mentioned in a conversation about my playing blows my mind ........the fact that his name came to your mind tells me there might just hope for a hack like me....hahaha
and that comp peice was something La Roca recommended ....you can tell I'm not completely comfortable with it and that I am reading it as well.......doesnt sound real natural....but it was just something for the audition
thanks again for checking it out and for your much appreciated constructive input