cheap thrills - sia - drum overdub cover - fantasia style improvisation

peterjameswadley

Active Member
Keeping myself busy between Engineering contracts.

Do I drop the sticks - hell yeah. Do I always use one take - hell yeah.

Is it perfect - hell no!

Fun - hell yeah!


 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Great to see you having fun - something we all yearn for in these challenging times. Also great to see you posting your playing / putting yourself out there warts 'n' all too. That's refreshing, & please post more.

Enjoyable though your video was to watch, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't point out your timing challenges. If you haven't already practiced grooving & fills to a click / metronome, it's very much something you need to do so you can lock into the music more effectively.
 

specgrade

Senior Member
Great to see you having fun - something we all yearn for in these challenging times. Also great to see you posting your playing / putting yourself out there warts 'n' all too. That's refreshing, & please post more.

Enjoyable though your video was to watch, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't point out your timing challenges. If you haven't already practiced grooving & fills to a click / metronome, it's very much something you need to do so you can lock into the music more effectively.
Improvisation is doing whatever, however. That's just what he is doing. Timing changes and all.
 

GetAgrippa

Diamond Member
It's the "Fantasia improvisation" from past videos he's posted. Sounds cool in parts.
Let's see what dictionary states:
verb (used with object), im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing.
to compose and perform or deliver without previous preparation; extemporize: to improvise an acceptance speech.
to compose, play, recite, or sing (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment.
to make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available: We improvised a dinner from yesterday's leftovers.

I am guilty of improvising extemporaneously for years playing along with recorded music. Since you play "on top" of a song there is no onus for you to lead. It is fun I still do it experimenting with songs to this day. But the problem comes when you play with other people and they expect you to "fill" a certain position in a song structure and often that leads or keeps the band in time. If you are playing extemporaneously they will have no clue to what you will play-they aren't mind readers. When I played with an orchestra if a band member got off time well it didn't affect everyone else-they just stood out and conductor call them out. However if I got off time on kit-well like the pied piper I'd lead them all off LOL. I didn't do it much surprisingly. Learning to emulate others production of a song and playing can make you better in Improvising/creating your own is what I discovered. So you have to do both is what I think helped me and would be my suggestion. So I hope you keep posting-keep working on rudiments and metronome, improvise, but also learn some traditional sticking patterns of playing 8th, 16th notes on hats and ride patterns (spend some cymbal time). Watch videos of other drummers doing so in songs you play to. I think I remember some of you folks telling me what I'm telling him long ago LOL I like the short "warts and all" videos-I post similar ones which some of my warts may be cancerous LOL-but it keeps it real.
 
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