MUSICAL APPROACH - TECHNICAL OR CREATIVE
MUSICAL APPROACH - TECHNICAL OR CREATIVE? A QUICK WORD....
I was watching Gavin Harrison on his new DVD, Rhythmic Designs, and it occurred to me how amazingly mathematical his approach to drumming is. He designs his grooves and drum parts through his natural ability to visualize time signatures, notes and subdivisions with breathtaking ease. But when he plays, you’d never know it – you’d never think that he had created those amazing drum parts so clinically for his playing is sublimely smooth, natural and full of feel!
And that’s when it occurred to me – it doesn’t matter how you approach your drum parts, as long as the result is the same – creative, natural, musical playing that’s sits perfectly into the song. It was the fact that Gavin’s approach was so far removed from mine that brought this so much into focus.
For me, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than playing drum parts that are the clinically the same on each song. But that is simply my own preference, nothing more. For me, I play straight from the emotions – I love it when the music changes with each song (I play jazz) and how all the musicians in the band respond – a totally organic creative process. That for me is drum heaven.
And that’s the point – surely it doesn’t matter how you ‘create’ – what ever method you use is not important’ per se’. Surely what matters is that as drummers, we all arrive at the same place, no matter what path we took. And that place, I hope you will agree is, as I always advocate – inspirational, musical, feel-filled playing!
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