Manual

A manual? Yep, I mean some kind of advice for anyone who might stumble upon these lessons (kind of the thing I tried to shortly sum up in the first video)...and why I think it is important?

Well, just to make sure You can make the most of it only by being a bit organized and utilizing some simple but great ideas. So this is a kind of a brief "how-to-do" about approaching these lessons and procceding afterwards on your own.

First of all, I just hope the lessons will be fun to learn and then fun to play - that is the most important bit. Still, it is always a great thing to learn something new and by mastering some unknown or difficult stuff, your self-esteem (and dexterity) will grow as well. So if I can make inspiring videos and You can learn from them, all of us will be happy. Check.

Well, that was your first step then so let's not stop there. That next step which is "being methodical", is something I learned from a drummer named Chris Coleman. He is just an absolutely amazing musician, the music and the joy of playing music just shines through him and his playing and he is just killing it. Every time. Just check some videos on Youtube - he has some videos with Hadrien Feraud so you will see and hear something happening on the bass as well.

Chris has his method called "ABC method" where the letters stand for "think, practice and play". First, acquire and understand new stuff; secondly, practice it and work on it and lastly, apply the learned material to a musical setting. Every stage is equally important - so once you checked out the notes, the new information of the lessons, you'll definetely have to practice it. Still, you cannot forget the purpose of learning stuff either - to make music. What is more, to play your own music.

That's probably another step...but hey, how does that happen if the lessons are actually transcriptions of great artists?

Well, let me borrow some wise words again from another drummer.  I saw an interview with Stewart Copeland (drummer of The Police) on Youtube and he was asked the question "Why is your drumming different from any other drummer?" Apart from thinking about his longer arms and using his feet he said that it is probably because he stole all his licks from different sources. He says that besides searching for new stuff and licks, the trick is to "turn them around and camouflage them." You get the point? It is natural when your playing reflects the characteristics of your favorite players but you can melt and amalgamate all the stuff you picked. So steal from many sources and artists and keep a good dictionary of musical vocab. Eventually, you will find the spices and tastes that suit you and your style will emerge gradually.

So after you have learned a specific lick (and I have not prepared the next one yet) relax and play around with the stuff acquired (or continue transcribing :P).For example,  you can use information from the notation and analyse the notes for yourself. Hmmm, Bailey played those notes over an F7? Let's twist it, and come up with another groove and a theme. Or practice it over the original song and see what comes out from your fingers unintentionally.  Or try to solo in the specific key without a backing track... just into blank silence! Scary, huh? I know it might sound awkward for some of you in the age of Smart Phone apps, backing tracks, loopers and stuff (which are great things) but it's also worth to try silence once in a while. Keith Richards thinks that way too :)

Really, take what you want and what suits you. Your possibilites are infinite and anyway, you will have to forget some of the stuff  and learn something new instead ;) Take the building stones from the lessons, exploit them and build Yourself something nice and unique.

So that's how I would do it, I guess - and now it is up to You!

peace,

R