Maybe, but let's talk about swinging the quarters, for an example. I could say that, since we can't really change the sustain or the pitch of the cymbal mid-song, what we can change is the attack and volume, and whether we push the beat by playing on top of the metronomic pulse, or lay back. If I were an instructor actually interested in ensuring understanding, I would then demonstrate how angle of stick attack, velocity of the stroke, area of the cymbal played, and microtiming all influence the feel of those quarter notes.But, thats with all such terms..
Can you, or anyone here, for example put into words what is “groove” or “to groove”..
And with ‘putting into words’ i mean that a beginner player truly understands and feels what “groove” is, only from reading your description..
Almost, or even completely, impossible that is…
If I can't explain and demonstrate at least those rudimentary influences on feel, then I'm lazy teacher at best, and a poor one at worst.
I think groove IS describable, if not defineable, so we should at least be able to convey that to a student, if we're going to teach, IMO.