I have several questions and thoughts and thought it might be good to get your input on these things to help clarify your ideas on the differences between teaching and performing as well maybe refining the nomenclature we use to maybe clear up some misunderstandings. I’m going to ask each in separate posts to keep it clean. Thanks in advance for taking a look. 1. You’ve stated that groove always comes last and that you can’t play a song without knowing the notes, etc. African drum groups are often comprised of just rhythm instruments. “Songs” are often improvised and there are neither notes to learn nor melody or harmony- it’s entirely about rhythm, feel, intensity, the push/pull created by playing before or after the beat, etc.- essentially everything that makes up what most of us call groove. Would you not define this as music but rather some sort of rhythmic performance? Do you have a different idea of what you consider groove other than the elements I mentioned?