Saturday, August 12, 2017

The information is only the beginning

Hey folks,
 Been practicing a to of piano for some gigs so I thought I'd dig into a bit of this video by the wonderful Keith Carlock.....

Great stuff. But when I recently started getting a chance to work on it, I tried the following variations. ( P.S. I tried all of these while singing " I Remember You" in my head.)

1. The lick as triplets.
2. The lick with a two-stroke buzz at the end rather than the doubles.
3. keeping 2 & 4 on the hi-hat during the above examples.
3. Substituting the bass drum for hi-hat in the lick. ( This can be quite challenging starting with the two notes on the left foot, especially as the tempos increase.) All the while feathering four on the bass drum.
4. Dividing the hand part of the lick between hi-hat and snare. Playing it as a funk groove/fill ( in 8th notes) and a shuffle ( in triplets).
5. Doing 4 but with hi-hat foot starting the lick again.

These are just a few ideas, but hopefully it will get you thinking about different ways you can utilize anything you learn. When you learn ten different things it can be challenging to link up all that information. If you learn ten different ways to play one thing, you develop theme and variation. This will enable you to have a vocabulary that you can fit into many musical situations.

Until next time.....

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