Rob is great, but to sum this video up in one sentence:Yet another great video by Rob.
I think David Stanoch wrote a book about all of this a number of years ago with his tables of time.
Todd, could you say a bit more about this? Do you mean a rhythm that's implied or stated in the song (e.g., clave)? I imagine "backing up" out of the minutia of subdivisions for the "points of reference" you mentioned, but I'm not sure if that's what you're talking about here.What I've found works best with my students and with my own playing is reducing all the parts (of whatever thing you're practicing) to a single rhythm, and being able to vocalize that-- counting the rhythm out loud, Disco-solid-- and paying attention to how the parts interlock.
Got it, thanks for elaborating Todd.Jason, the idea is that there's more to hang onto with a mixed rhythm than there is just an even string of pulses-- a rhythm is more specific-- it has an identifiable shape, and it's easier to tell if it's distorting. Playing based on even pulses, and just trying to get the rate right, maybe partially relying on muscle memory-- I think it just leaves you open to rushing or dragging because of what you feel or hear. I've heard a lot of other people besides Brown give that advice-- it's not wrong, and obviously it works well enough for many people that they continue saying it, but by itself it's not enough for me.
To do my thing you just have to be thinking rhythm all the time-- you practice a lot out of Reed so whatever you do on the drums, you're just thinking a single source rhythm. When practicing written-out patterns, you reduce them to one rhythm, be able to count that, then play the pattern. Awareness of how parts interlock helps, too-- paying attention to your coordination, and to how the things you play fit together with things played by any rhythmically reliable people you play with.
When you get used to thinking that way, it becomes pretty effortless and simultaneous-- you don't have to be thinking out the rhythm verbally or anything. It just takes reasonable focus to keep your time on the money. For me it's easier and more reliable than trying to call the subdivisions exactly consistently for 3-7 minutes of musical activity.
Me too. He breaks things down in a very "real" way to those of us who are not professionally trained.I could sit and watch Rob's videos for hours whether he's sharing tips or just drumming.