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Feeling Time

Jared Taylor —  October 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Tele Time

It’s hard to overstate the importance of time in music. On a macro level, time is about tempo: how fast or slow is a song and are we following it. But on the micro level, we can talk about something called “time feel”: the subtle way musicians interpret time as they subdivide beats.

Subdividing beats simply means dividing larger beats into smaller beats. Whole notes can be divided into half notes, then quarters, eighths, sixteenths, thirty-secondths and so on. Mathematically speaking, these subdivisions are very simple to place on a grid. But human beings subdivide beats in our heads, we don’t always do it with flawless mathematical exactness. Subtly and often unconsciously, we push and pull certain beats in a pattern that is repeatable, but hard to deconstruct. Continue Reading…

Rhythm Playing

Rhythm is not just for the drummers in the band.  I know that sounds obvious, but think about it — as band members, how much more of the time are we thinking about what notes we’re playing as opposed to when we’re actually playing those notes? Continue Reading…

And we’re starting to build the band now. We’ve spoken to the consistency of the drums, now it’s time to add another instrument. You probably know what instrument makes the most sense to add at this point (because it’s in the title of this post) — the bass guitar.

There are many reasons the bass fits logically into the puzzle piece that we have in the drums right now. Sticking with the “100% rule” logic here, the bass fits in with the kick drum on the drum set. Why? For one reason, the sonic range is actually similar. Hanging out around that 50-150Hz mark, both instruments are more often felt than they are heard in the mix. Secondly, when both instruments (kick & bass) line up their primary accents, the groove of the song becomes clear for the rest of the band to build on top of.  Continue Reading…

In order to abide by the “100% Rule” that we talked about last week, we all need to be thinking about simplicity, but we also need to be thinking about consistency.

If there in one instrument in the band that has the ability to make or break the overall sound of the band, it is … yes, you guessed it — the drums.  (Pretty much everyone else can just be turned off)

Drummers, this one is for you — Consistency.

One of the greatest tells on whether a drummer is an experienced player or an amateur player is how consistent their grooves are throughout a song.  If a drummer keeps changing its groove through the sections of the songs, it’s next to impossible for the rest of the band to lock into it.  Here’s what it might sound like for your band to play with an inconsistent drummer …

As a drummer, can I ever change the groove that I’m playing in a song?  Of course you can.  But, unless the arrangement asks for something different, the only typical places for a drummer to switch things up are new sections (Verse, PreChorus, Chorus, Bridge, etc).

Keep your grooves consistent and simple so that the rest of the band layer on top of what you’re playing!