I didn't realize how difficult it was until I heard several drummers without any sense of swing try to play one.
Even more difficult...making a shuffle feel GOOD!
I should also add: Playing a shuffle without fills every 4 bars.
Playing an ENTIRE song that has no fills.
Every 4 bars. Lol. In my world lately it's like every four gigs lol. Not complaining. Discipline is the word of the day, by choice. I keep time and support from within, 99% of the time, and I am very appreciated for it by the guys I play with. I'm in a very traditional bass, drums, guitar, harp/front guy/singer Chicago style blues band. I have to say, it's both against my nature and the best thing for me, having to drum with the yoke on. There are times where I'm just playing 2 limbs, bass drum and snare drum and I'm pretty sure I'm killin it, judging by how it feels. How many times do you (not) hear that live? Not even a hi hat with a simple kick and snare beat? It rocks. Simplicity is very much underrated. The more I leave out, the better it feels. There's my unpopular drumming opinion.
Haha, I feel like I should be playing 230 BPM and over the top fills every 2-4 bars.. I have spent years on linear chops, blast beats, double kick and have finally come to realize less is more. 1 good solid fill a song that FITS makes the music.
It took me learning all this to realize those displaced fills that go way over the bar line are cool for solos, and jamming to "drum trax" but don't work in real music.
A ton of people have issue with hihat work in general. just keeping timeHow about hi hat quarter notes with the foot on the upbeat. I found that to be deceptively challenging. I have become somewhat obsessed with hi hat footwork recently after realizing how deficient I was in that area.
Funny I've been doing almost the same exercise, the only difference is I play a shuffle rhythm on the bass drum and I put the HH foot on the "lets". But the full trips on the snare and the jazz ride pattern on the ride is the same.I've been working on my triplet feel a lot and found that just playing the simple jazz/swing pattern (feather BD on quarters, LF/HH on 2 and 4, and spang-a-lang with RH/RIDE) while playing every triplet with the left hand was really challenging at first. Zoning out on this for 30 minutes/day has helped a lot of things like my triplet feel, half-time shuffle, developing weaker hand, and making spang-a-lang become more automatic. If you like notation, it's line 1 on page 18 of chapin's Advanced Techniques book. Really simple, but challenging to make feel and sound nice.