When you have chosen your (ostinato)
it's time to do something with it,you cant just sit there and smile.
Baby steps one step at a time
For your first ostinato i would recommend keeping away from odd time patterns
also keep the ostinato pattern simple
Play the ostinato you have chosen (say its feet) Play this pattern until you have a very soild idea of the exact motions
involved.(you have to know what you are doing!)
play the pattern with out looking at what your doing stare at a point on a wall in front of you.
Try to let
your attention fix to the point on the wall letting the pattern run in the back ground keep this up for 20-30 min.
At this point you may run in to a problem !
if your pattern is (RLRRLRLL) and you cant play the double on the left foot
you will need to work on that before you can move on.
(you cant play a part on top of a part you cant even play by its self !) EEK !
**Be honest with your self :P**
if you can play the basics of the pattern but its a bit rough don't worry after the time spent working though all
the patterns ahead you will have had a lot more practice at it!
if you have control over the pattern close your eyes while playing the pattern
Think about an highly imaginative image,
make it as clear as possible in your mind the more crazy the idea the better !
(go nuts...think of riding a giant frog or what ever takes your fancy)
think of all the strong colors and all the sounds to go along with the crazy image try to feel like you are in the image
and not sat on your stool playing .
Doing this distracts the conscious mind and helps to program your pattern as
motor memory.you learn a
shorter time span than with normal practice thinking
.....in normal practice you just go over and over till get bored and your mind goes out to lunch yawn...and thats when
it sinks in ((top tip))
after a long session of this visualization exercises you should start to feel the pattern fall in to place then you can
play it at quite a speed without thinking to hard about it (feels like sort of keeping check on it as it runs )
**also you could read a page of text !! **
Play 16ths or 8th or 16th triplets*depending on the subdivision*,
(on the snare) over your foot
get used to the feel of the ostinato against the constant time.
This is what i call the "Master TIME GRID" that everything
will fall in to.
(you have to have this nice and solid)
When you feel comfortable with that still playing 16ths over the feet
Next move your right arm on to the first
tom to hear beats (1)e(&)a(2)e(&)a(3)e(&)a(4)e(&)a over the pattern
this will make the 8th notes
very clear to hear ( now you can pick out how the pattern falls against 8th notes)
Using the same system above
Now play the right hand part between the first tom and a ride cymbal so
(1)is ride - (&) first
tom--- (2) ride-- (&) first tom--- (3) ride-- ect
its still 16ths but right hand moving
from ride to tom.Listen to the ride for a while
This will make the quarter note count easy to hear also the off beat 8ths
on the first tom( how you hear this will depend on what you focus on-up beats or down beats )
The more you focus on these top kit patterns the more the feet have to
act on fixed memory.When i play this kind of
stuff im thinking of just the hands and the master time grid
( no way can you think of it all at once ! ,,,are you nuts! )
just play 8ths 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & without filling in the left hand 16th notes
then play just the single crochet beats 1 2 3 4
Then back to the 16ths.1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a
Now you have all the main divisions covered,
all the "Prime divisions" as i like to call them.
4th 8th 16th
Next stat to break up the subdivisions
Crochets eg play " " ....1 "2" 3 4
1 2 3 "4" "1" "2" 3 4
a similar thing with 8ths and 16ths*
get these down and you can start to solo in 4th 8th 16th phrases
(you will know where all these subdivisions land against your Ostinato )
you are half way there with your ostinatio if you can play
*ONLY playing the bracketed notes*
after all this your into the "sweat it out section"
Work though the"All variations list" on this site.
you have worked out the singles so start on the
the groups of 2 notes then groups with 3 notes
going back to the earlier groups if you get in to trouble.
for some of the strange 16th note groups
try moving between 2 sounds to high lite the notes you need to hear
put a rolled up towel on one half of your snare
play 16ths over the ostinato and
tap the 1 2 3 4 on a towel!
you can now hear a clear version of how the (e&a) pattern sounds over the foot ostinato
it will sound as a mixed pattern is half the battle :)
Once you have a lot of these patterns memorised you can start to stack them
its like drumming lego.....say if you have a pattern 5/8 set in memory you can stack that on top of other preset patterns
eg 7/8 with out a big fight about it.
while playing this type of stuff the trick is to not think to much and just let it loop
.... dont force it or panic, let the patterns run and trust it to be right ...use the force lol
Ok im out of here again... all this stuff is not super simple but you can get though it so dont panic
Im as freaked out by it as much as you are : ) lol
but you have to keep trying ,i hope this helps someone