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How I Play Drums Solos 7
Posted On 03/23/2012 00:19:47 by Carthage
There is one kind of drum solo I haven't commented on, and this is probably the one that needs to be gone over the most. That is the "drum solo song". Everyone who plays drums solos at one time or another has had "The Drum Solo Song".

Everyone or almost everyone knows "Wipe Out" and has probably had to play it at one time or another. There isn't much to it, but for those who want to get creative, it can be turned into more than just the same pattern played over and over. But, i... Read More

How I play drum solos part 6
Posted On 02/20/2012 01:12:50 by Carthage
OK. Once you have decided that you want to do a drum solo and you have listened to other drummers and have practiced a lot, what then? How do you decide what to play? How do you play it?

As I mentioned before there are as many different drum solos as there are drummers, but there is a difference between great drummers and the rest. Great drummers are primarily concerned with playing what they feel and expressing themselves with their playing "on the drums". Their intention is not... Read More

How I play drums solos part 5
Posted On 01/25/2012 03:06:34 by Carthage
Out of the fusion drummers, I particularly like (besides Tony) Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, and Dennis Chambers. They each play different and have unique styles of soloing.

I have of course listened to all the others, but these and the ones mentioned earlier are the ones that influenced me the most.

You can always pick up something from almost any drummer because every drummer has some special lick or trick they do. So, I do believe in listening to anyone and everyone I ca... Read More

How I play drums solos part 4
Posted On 01/17/2012 20:38:34 by Carthage
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a new kid appeared (in my soloing world), and that was Joe Morello. Joe had been around, but the spotlight wasn't turned on him until the immortal "Take Five" suddenly exploded into the universe. Wow!

If things weren't difficult enough, Joe suddenly appears playing in some weird alien time signature which turned out to be 5/4. I'm mean, what the hell was that. At that time, you were considered awesome if you could play... Read More

How I play drums solos part 3
Posted On 01/10/2012 21:41:10 by Carthage
Art Blakey influenced me not only by his playing but by his thinking. When he returned to America and made "Ritual", he made a commentary on the album about his trip, the drummers in Africa and their purpose for playing the drums.

In Africa, the drummer is the most important person in the tribe (next to the chief and witch doctor). Their purpose is tell people what happened that day using drums. There are several drummers, and there is a head drummer. What they are doing when they... Read More

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