Am I crazy for being so happy that I finally found a band where I can play the Gaddtastic 50 Ways riff? We're going to do 50 Ways, and I'm very happy.
An iconic part to be played for sure! I learned how to play it, but never had a band willing to play it. Have fun on that one!Am I crazy for being so happy that I finally found a band where I can play the Gaddtastic 50 Ways riff? We're going to do 50 Ways, and I'm very happy.
I know, but I always can't help myself. I have made the teeniest, tinyest tweak. Acceptable? [I don't play it with the left hand on the hi hat]Because it's such an iconic and instantly recognizable rhythm, you've got to play it exactly like Gadd did. It's actually not a hard part, a close listen will tell you how the hat is used. But there's no making it your own or getting the flavor, you have to play that part!
If the band is ambitious, a little cheesy, and very brave, that would segue perfectly into "One Tin Soldier"
Maybe we could have a get-together where we fly in to somewhere, hire a good band, and we take turns playing the 50 Ways groove, Funky Drummer groove, etc..I'm jealous. I spent years learning how to play it (and also his rhythms on "Late in the Evening"), and NEVER got to play it at all. Good for you!
It can be done cross-handed as well. It's more effort in some ways, less in others.Fast forward 3 years. That band never made it to a gig. [surprise surprise] Was ok, because no one would have attended. The material, except for 50 Ways, was snoozetastic from a live play situation.
Today, discussion of the rhythm broke out among drum friends on Facebook, and I was surprised to see how many people admitted they didn't play it. Which made me revisit. Which made me finally decide - no tweaks, this round, I play it note for note. Which I'm doing fine. But - I still don't like having my left hand on the hi hat. Thoughts? Bermuda? [asking Bermuda because he who rightfully asserted last round that you Gotta play it Exact. After all, it Is Dr. Gadd. I really love Steve Gadd's playing.]
..Maybe we could have a get-together where we fly in to somewhere and we take turns playing the 50 Ways groove, Funky Drummer groove, etc..
..Someone say video?..