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Re: problem grooving to a drum machine live

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Posted by joel letort on April 17, 2002 at 04:35:11:

In Reply to: establishing a groove posted by paige on March 24, 2000 at 07:35:47:

: Hey, friend.... Boy, can I identify!
: I am a 30 year player, and I think anyone will tell you that we ALL get into ruts with our playing.
: Here's a piece of advice that improved my grooving 100 %....
: By nature, I am a fairly busy player. I have a good handle on theory, and sometimes as I play and think of all the cool things I COULD do within any given chord, I just get too busy. Translated.... no groove.
: A very good friend and an incredible player heard me say what you said.... in a rut, trouble grooving, etc. Here is his advice - and it worked!
: 1. Listen and key in to the bass drum.
: 2. Play the root note of a chord only, and match the rhythm of the bass drum. Do this for at least two to three weeks.... do NOT deviate from this.
: 3. Listen to a group like Fleetwood Mac (ok - I AM a child of the 70's)and hear how the bass and the bass drum are so incredibly synched up with each other.

: I play in a P&W band at my church, and we play some really rocking stuff. The first Sunday that I did step #2, the whole band just locked into the groove... it smoked! Everybody afterwards was saying how incredible it felt on those songs, and they were all wondering what the difference was! Ha. I kept my mouth shut, and continued to listen to the bass drum.
: As you learn to key in on the bass drum, you can slowly start to play more complex patterns, designed around what the bass drum is doing.

: This is not the only approach, but it IS one that worked for me, and it gave me a whole new direction to think about and to go in.
: Have fun, dude....
: God Bless..
: PAige

Hi there.
I wondered if could help me with this problem.
I am 44 years old, and have played since 1981. Last night the keyboard player I am playing with was telling me that I couldn't remember some of the songs that he wrote and we have played before many times. Most of the stuff is latine jazz orientated. On the other hand a new guitar player at the same gig a old guitarist tell me that he understand where I am coming from music wise. So we end up playing some Reggae no problem there. So what am I doing wrong.

Best regards.

Joel Letort.

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