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Anyone playing/learning percussions?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by belzebass, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. belzebass


    Feb 21, 2012

    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?

  2. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    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.
  3. belzebass


    Feb 21, 2012
    Ha-ha. Now my girlfriend offered me a djembe, and still regrets it dearly :)
    Now I've got a Korg Wavedrum that I can jam in headphones in reasonable hours in my appartment :)

    Well, my interest in percussions grows from my tastes in "world" music. Actually, so does my interest in bass :bassist:

    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.
  4. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    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.

  5. 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.
  6. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    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.
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    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.

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