Music Notation and the Importance of Counting & Singing
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Making music is an “inside job” – you first have to get music “inside” you to be able to get it “outside” of you with your drumming. In order to be physically coordinated to drum, you must first get mentally coordinated. After teaching drums 25 years, I found the fastest way to learn (and the closest to real-world composition in a band) is by using both your left brain to Count the rhythms and your right brain to Sing them – and to do this out of your mouth, because all those moving parts use so much more of your brain! As you Count & Sing you are “putting the spotlight” on the “singer at the front of the stage” and your body will auto-magically “back up that singer” that is you – just like a band does for a show! I teach “focus is power; focus is fire,” because just like a magnifying glass can focus scattered sunlight into a pinpoint of fire, your Counting & Singing will help focus past so many distracting thoughts to succeed more quickly at your drumming.
How Binary Rhythms (2, 4, 8, etc. parts) relate to Ternary Rhythms (3, 6, 9, etc. parts) and other artificial Tuplets (5, 7, etc. parts):