... worked on three things today -- the first two were new to me... the third is one I'm continuing to explore (and hone). All three are worthy of much exploration (to me). The first - I just call 'Stevie' (a 16th-note full-time shuffle) -- the second - I will call 'Purdie' (my intro to half-time shuffles) --- and the third I've come to refer to as 'SS Fusion' --- I revamped (retuned) my snare drum today.... trying to get it to 'pop' a little... while still maintaining a low-medium tuning.
I love this thing -- taking it apart - experimenting with it - building on it - using it to practice and explore...
Expanding on SS Fusion -- Today - I was able to pull off a 6-stroke-roll (as a fill) while maintaining the pattern. I've worked on this (off and on) for a while... today was like Christmas! -- Still need to settle the left hand down with a more specific technique... but still experimenting with so many choices with tradidional grip. Getting closer!!! -- The first 40 seconds of this video is 'other stuff' from RDM 'Shuffle' Concepts...
Isolating 'Off-Beat Triplets' and 'Bonham Triplets' as fills in a 'Texas Shuffle.' -- (the 'Bonham Triplets' allow for concentration on swinging 8th's with the Bass Drum). Also - added the 'Quadrant Four' pattern at the end...
... new cymbals today! --- I went for heavier, darker, and more complex than I'm used to... Sabian AAX 'Freq' series (the heavy version of the AAX line). -- The Zildjian (ZBT series) I've been enjoying are very easy to play (and I recommend them for anyone - they still sound great to me - and I'm keeping them). -- In this vid - the 14" hi-hats - and the three cymbals closest - are the new Sabians (16", 18" & 21"). The fourth cymbal (moving around from the hi-hats) is a Zildjian 'A' Custom 20" 'Projection Ride' (another heavy cymbal). And the last one (in the open position) is a 20" Zildjian (ZBT series) crash/ride. -- At this point - this medium/light ZBT and the new hi-hats are the only ones I'm comfortable with.
Began studying drums in February 2018. Loving every minute of it!.