Tom Sawyer was easier for me to play than Son of a Preacher Man. How can I develop better "feel?"


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My former teacher said feel can't be taught - but it can be shown.
It's based on technique, just like any other form of chops. The big difference is that it's difficult to articulate exactly what's happening or write it down on paper, so it's difficult to teach other than by modelling (monkey see, monkey do). But it's still just technique that can be taught and learned.

That electronic kit is going to make it a lot harder to get a light-textured groove like that.
I think that depends on the quality of the kit. Trying to play a groove on my Yamaha DTX was a complete waste of time. It just didn't have the dynamic response I needed. But I tried out a top-of-the-line Roland kit, and it had tremendous dynamic response. So if I had a spare $10,000 lying around, I might be practicing on an e-kit.

Groove is all in the mind...
I don't know about that. I can hear a groove plain as day in my mind. It's the body that struggles with it. ;)