Anyone playing/learning percussions?
I wonder if there are people playing/learning/toying with percussion instruments as well as bass? You those things like djembe, cajon, darbuka, snare etc.
I was thinking to learn a percussion to open up my musical experience and stay on the rhythmic side of the fence :cool:
So, tips, experience, advice?
My experience is limited, but I've dabbled in percussion, so here's what I have to offer...
I tried this a couple years ago but had to give it up as I live in an apartment building and my neighbors would not abide. So one peice of advice I can offer from my experience is to make sure you have a place to play!
I tried bongos, tabla and dholak. I immediately sucked, couldn't keep a beat or get a decent sound, but after a couple months I found I could keep a beat well enough to jam with people, and things got better from there. Bongos were a fun, easy, and cheap way to start for me. I found some inspiration from youtubing lots of non north american music, like Tito Puente, or Babla and Kanchan, and all kinds of middle eastern and indian music (though there's lots of great percusion from other regions). If you really want your jaw to drop, check out Zakir Hussain.
I actually really miss playing percussion, but I'm not really jamming with anyone these days (other than myself), and I can't practice at home, so my perc collection is gathering dust.
Now I've got a Korg Wavedrum that I can jam in headphones in reasonable hours in my appartment :-)
I was thinking of working out strokes, and then just jam to the maximum to the recordings. Is it a viable path, or do I really need to go down the "academical" road, with reading and metronome?
By the way, I understand rhythm notation, and I work on bass to the metronome most of the time.
Haha...ya, "world" music. I wish there was a better term...Glad to hear you're already exploring non western music, there's a lot of interesting stuff out there.
[quote=belzebass;15007037]I was thinking of working out strokes, and then just jam to the maximum to the recordings. Is it a viable path, or do I really need to go down the "academical" road, with reading and metronome?
This sounds like a good approach to me, but it all depends on what you wanna do with it. If you wanna play with an orchestra, obviously the "academic" route is the way to go, but if you just wanna learn for fun (as I did), learning the basics and then just jamming is a nice, no pressure, fun way to learn. That's pretty much what I did, and, despite my lack of a harsh practice regimen, I did find my skills improving at a good pace.
I didn't really go too far with percusion unfortunately, so hopefully another TBer with more experience will chime in.
Those Wavetables are great, I gotta pick one up at some point...
I play a lot of percussive slap bass. I recently picked up a djembe; i have no theoric knowledge about its playing but i'm enjoying it very much, mostly with other people. Shame it's so loud, i rarely get a chance to play it.
There is a lot of percussion with pitch so yeah, you can be more than just rythm. I really like xylophone, timpani, hang and hanpan which is kind of like a convex steelpan.
In my band, I play tambourine, maracas, and the all-important vibra-slap. I am working with wood blocks, and some other percussion, as well.
You can't be a good utility player and ignore percussion. I also used my lips for the backwards cymbal sssssshhhhhh on Sweet Emotion.
|All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:28 PM.|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.