by Dave Agee
Hey drum fiends,
I’ll be assembling weekly Spotify playlists for the drummers (and friends of drummers!) who are looking for some material-specific direction in their practice. Feel free to use these tracks to supplement your own practice goals – here are things to look for in each track…
1. Meet De Boys On De Battlefront – The Wild Tchoupitoulas
Feel Feel Feel. Lines up perfectly for an open-hand, hi-hat centric groove. Focus lots on where to place accents and shape the hi-hat!
2. Love Your Life – Average White Band
Funky. Option #1. Play the drum part (groove) as close to the recording as you can; glean some ideas from the bass drum and how it connects with the bass guitar. All up-beat 16ths will NOT line up with your R-hand on the hi-hat. Option #2. Play constant fills throughout while locked in with the groove of the tune – try not to repeat yourself.
3. Give Up The Ghost – Radiohead
There are no drums on this track. If there were, what would it sound like to you? Try to incorporate bass drum on the “a’s” of 2 and 4.
4. Bodys – Car Seat Headrest
A banger. The verse groove is what I’m most keen on. The basis of the groove is pretty simplistic – but what about that rack tom hit on the “+ of 4”? Will that idea lead to other ideas for you?