WHY?The idea for this came from playing a lot of blues recently. For a drummer, playing a lot of blues means playing a lot of shuffles and a lot of 6/8. Shuffles are deceptively difficult. It takes a lot of time to make them groove. There are also a million ways to play them. I finally figured out what my “go-to” shuffle is. It’s #1 on the attached worksheet. It grooves like crazy.
The thing is, as great as that shuffle sounds, when I was backing a soloist, I felt stuck. I wanted to do something more to lift things up and propel the music forward. But I didn’t want to play a lot of fills or disturb the groove in order to get that “lift.”
I started to think that it would sound great if I could vary the ride cymbal pattern just like you do in Jazz, but while maintaining the left hand pattern and bass drum as the foundation.
But I couldn’t do it.
HOW!Hence, these 7 exercises to develop the necessary independence.
Here’ the PDF: shuffle cymbal independence part one
I’m going to start working on these…
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