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Archive for the ‘Technique’ Category

Drilling Down to the Good Stuff

January 21, 2016

Drills are the practice of working on getting a particular tone, or working on a hand position, or focusing on a counting drill of some sort. When I am doing Drills I focus on these three ideas:   1) Stay Relaxed. It is very important to focus on proper technique. That includes posture, hand position, […]

A Practice By Any Other Name

January 19, 2016

So, what are the best practices for practice? This is a very, very interesting question. I think the best thing to do is to define what exactly we are talking about.   Practice: prac·tice (ˈpraktəs) As a noun: 1) The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about […]

The Quest for Soot

January 7, 2016

Soot is fun, but it is also a bit of a quest. Many of you have already checked out “Searching for Chobi“, which touches on how interesting, difficult, and frustrating hunting down rhythms and their origins can be. Soot is very, very much that way. I first heard Soot on an album more than a […]

Separation of Senses

January 21, 2010

“Separation of Senses” is essentially the ability to play different rhythm parts with the left and the right hand simultaneously.  When done confidently it gives a very distinctive feel to a rhythm, and really brings out a lot of dynamics in a groove.  Middle eastern doumbek playing is literally filled with this and it is […]

Variations: How to make it fun

August 10, 2009

Fun psychology experiment # 21: The coffee shop! Here is the game:   Go to a coffee shop that you are not well known at, and don’t mind never going to again.   Grab a mocha, or hot chocolate, and find a table where you can sit with your back to the wall and facing the room.  […]