My right foot is pretty good. I can sing and play too. Do I get the job?
I can find instantly find the beat in the most complex, dense musical texture and lock in on it like a laser. That’s mostly an inborn skill, although playing for many years certainly helped me too.
I can also instantly adjust to other people’s bad time, which is a learned skill from playing in orchestras, all of which had terrible time.
The hardest place to find the 1 that I’ve dealt with is really syncopated, fast Latin stuff. I honestly didn’t know I had extra skill in that area until we were doing La Bamba in percussion ensemble in college, and the kid on bass marimba had to find the 1 in a really dense 5-player percussion texture to start the piece. He had the hardest time. I felt so sorry for him. He was a good player, he just didn’t have that radar for the 1.This is another thing I got from being a bass player, always know where the one is, regardless of tempo or arrangement, even if the one is only implied.
I'm finding it in useful learning drums, too.