Originally Posted by belzebass
Now the book has mostly one basic drumming pattern and basic bass pattern associated with a style, no fills, no different song parts. How do you work to know te whole style better, and no just the parts writen out in the book? How do you learn to vary intensity/feel in a given style?
A certain book should whet your appetite to go out & listen.
Example: A GREAT bass/drum book is Funkifying The Clave For Bass & Drums
by Lincoln Goines/Robbie Ammeen.
Various Latin/Afro-Cuban styles & tumbaos are touched upon (Mozambique, Songo, Salsa, Merengue, etc)...then, listen to various artists playing within those styles.
One of the best bass/drum "exercises" I saw was at a clinic with Gary Grainger (bass) & Larry Bright (another Baltimore drummer similar to Dennis Chambers)...
the subject of displacement came up.
>First, they played a groove together.
>>Next, Grainger played the same groove (straight) while Bright displaced his groove (by an 1/8th note, IIRC).
>>>Then, Grainger displaced his groove while Bright went back to the staright groove.
>>>>Finally, both placed displaced grooves against each other.
Another thing to try-
See if you can move your bass figure into the backbeat...that is, if you're primarily playing something on/around beats 1 & 3...see if you can move it into/around beats 2 & 4.
Sometimes, a drummer's book (& drum machine) is helpful. I used to like taking a Clyde Stubblefield beat (1-2 bars worth) & ingrain a bass figure using his kick drum pattern (around Beats 1 & 3)...then I would try to ingrain a bass figure pattern using his snare pattern (around Beats 2 & 4).
If you get that far, try it live with a live drummer.
One more thing that a very skilled drummer used to throw at me-
He would play different time signatures over my standard 4/4 grooves...this will force YOU to keep yourself aware of Beat_1...do not depend on your drummer to keep you in your place!