Thread: Carlton Barrett
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: Carlton Barrett

Originally Posted by Forgiven View Post
While probably not known for technique, he had great feel that was perfect for the music.
This is a very serious misconception about reggae music, which is highly rudimental. For example, the intro for "Waiting in Vain" is a simple rrLR, but good luck on getting it sounding as clean and crisp as Barrett.
Most fills in reggae are combinations of diddles and paras in whatever inversions, more often than not in sextuplets. Reggae is disregarded as "feel" music, because the swing required to make those rudiments sound good is quite difficult to acquire if you haven't been raised in a rhythm-heavy music community (i.e. afro-american community).

There are jamaican drummers with little technique, but many amongst them have superlative rudimental chops, and they make them sound good.
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