Drums – Role-Guidelines






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Video:  A deeper overview of the Common Skill-set and Role-Guidelines 


Video:   Notation and What & When to Play – Part 1


Video:  Notation and What & When to Play – Part 2


Video:  Notations and What & When to Play – Part 3


More about Drum Notation



Role 1 Father Drum Guidelines: 



Video:  Pulsation – Dead-sticking & Hand-muting for quieter Muted tones v. Louder Open Tones, pitch-bending


Video:  Pulsation – Watch the Mother Drum to Support or Embellish their Low tones & Forward motions.  Clap/play on rims/shells/sticks on the higher tones & Back motions


Video:  Put it all together into a Groove.  Mother Drums groove off of this.  Add end-of-phrase Buildups toward the Downbeat


Video:  Add high claps for showmanship. Not too many big buildups to the climax/resolution or use mini-buildups.  Mother Drums play off this.  Summary of the Father Drum


Video:  Drum-set – BD matches the low sounds & vibrations


Video:  Drum-set – Keep the RH Time going while the BD plays the lows you’re singing




Role 2 – Steady Time-Keepers Guidelines:



Video:  Metal bells & Wood claves/blocks. Greater Tonal separation/contrast, cutting through to help the band’s temp.  Muting vs. Open tones.  Add motion, add more backwards motion


Video:  Shaker/Maraca – steady beats & subdivisions, accent backbeats, swaying motions, simple buildup. Jingle/Tambourine – same or just the backbeats


Video:  Jingle/Tambourine – wiggling it, accent backbeats, buildup if ¼ or 1/8 hits, roll it.  Guiro/Rasp – long & short scrapes



Role 3 – Mother Drum Guidelines on Djembe or Conga:



Video:  A Groove that combines elements of Father pulsation, Child syncopation, and Time-Keepers.  Add Slap Tones or claps.  Add buildups & accents.  Many tones.


Video:  Hand-drum Open & Muted tones.  Adding body motions.  Heel-toe floating hands or rolls


Video:  Hand-drum Open & Muted Slap/Pop Tones, Open Tones, Tapado Tones


Video:  Hand-drum Touch/Tap Tones, Finger rolling, Flams.  Tone Summary



Role 4 – Child Drum Guidelines:



Video:  Support + Counter “chatter” rhythms:  Offbeats, setups, echoes.  Count so no delay.  Air fakes to help your timing


Video:  Fake-Trotting Horse, add a visual


Video:  2-3 note hole-filling rhythms is Dialogue, Jerk-e echoes (1e), or e+, +a


Video:  Lazy-a “sneezing” Setup a1, a2 . . . , 3-note rhythms:  1e+, 2e+ . . . , e+a, adding little sticks (palitos)



Role 5 – Advanced Time-Keepers Guidelines:


Video 1 Guidelines



Role 6 – Solo Drummer Guidelines:



Video:  Guidelines Part 1


Video:  Guidelines Part 2




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