In rehearsal with Fusion Orchestra 2 (see fusionorchestra2.com) we had decided on a suitable place for a drum solo in the live set. The track has a decidedly latin feel so I have re-jigged some of my original ideas to fit in with their place in the track. As usual, a few glitches but overall pretty pleased with the structure.
Interestingly I’m now finding that actually outting these ideas in rehearsal is really pushing me to refine (and generally shorten) the ideas shown in the video.
So, this is really a little out of date even though it’s only a few days old!
Maybe it’s the difference between being sat in the drum room with no-one else to worry about and being in the band room where you know everyone has stopped to look at you!
Soloing is an interesting aspect of playing. I shall have to think on and perhaps come back to it in further posts.
For now, the main things I am realizing are that its a fine balance between showing skill and basically being plain entertaining – and realising that the ultimate balance is to have both.
I guess its that notion that an audience may respond to something relatively simple. (I always think of Phil Collins’ famous drum fill for ‘In the Air Tonight – everyone loves it but it’s a reltively simple lick. The actual rthymn on the verses is trickier but no-one notices that!)Whereas a complicated lick may leave folk unmoved.
And for drumming it seems some of that mass appeal comes through a show of energy rather than skill?
Hmmm, shall think on..
Til next time,