Here I wish to take the time to look at Dynamics. DYNAMICS? What do you mean? I'm playing as loud as I can!!!!!!!!!!
I feel that, some of the basic elements of music are missing from a lot
of drummers' armouries. One such element is dynamics - i.e. being loud
, soft and various levels of loud and soft. Most young players seem to
play everything LOUD! Over the years I have learned to listen to and appreciate
music as a whole, instead of what I wanted to hear. Some of my favourite
DYNAMIC drummers are: Dave Mattacks, Phil Collins, Mark Mondesir, Ian
Thomas, Mel Gaynor, Neil Peart, Simon Phillips, Jeff Porcaro and Buddy
Rich. I will stop there because the list would go on and on! Check them
Bohemian Rhapsody by QUEEN, drummer Roger Taylor.
Teen Spirit by NIRVANA, drummer Dave Grohl.
In The Air Tonight, Written and performed by Phil Collins.
Behind Blue Eyes by The Who, drummer Keith Moon.
Run To You by Bryan Adams, drummer Mickey Curry.
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin. drummer John Bonham.
If you have the aforementioned songs in your collections, sit back and
listen to them and imagine what they would sound like if the internal
dynamics demonstrated were left out. If you don't have these particular
songs, try and obtain them via the local library. Look though your own
CD collection and try to find songs that demonstrate good dynamic playing.
Make DY-NAM-ICS your word for the week!
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