Questlove Named Time’s Coolest Person of 2013

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Questlove Named Time’s Coolest Person of 2013

We already knew Questlove of The Roots was a cool dude, but it’s been officially verified by none other than Time Magazine.

We needed someone who was classically cool. A person in a hip-hop band, a music producer, a DJ. A man who has his own line of Nike sneakers and owns a hoodie shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Drummer Talk 10/12/2007 – Choosing the Groove

We talk all about groove today as Mrs. “What Is Up” joins us in the studio. The Single Ratamacue is the Rudiment of the Week and Aaron Comess is the Drummer of the Week.  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 02/22/2006 – Keeping Time, Playing Other Kits

We try something new today, for the first time we have drummer talk and drummer lunch at the same time. We spend the entire time conversing about Jay Graham’s letter about keeping time, playing other people’s kit, and increasing hand speed.

Be gone ye click track!

Let me preface this entire entry by declaring that metronomes are a VITAL tool for any musician. And it’s not something you outgrow – you will always want to practice with a click of some sort, so this post is NOT about that.

I’ve been recording quite a bit lately and I’ve come to realize several things about my playing and my perception of time and music. Strap on your philosophy helmets, boys and girls, this is going to get bumpy.

I don’t like click tracks when I record. Read more

Play with the Masters

I often get asked about how to learn a groove, or practice this or that style, particularly jazz. Practicing with a metronome is great practice in developing a sense of tempo and pulse, but how far does it go in develop a sense of groove … of pocket? This is where playing along to recordings is invaluable. The best advice I can give you is to simply find some good jazz records and begin playing along to them. Read more

Deep, man … deep

Ok, let me get all existential on you. Drumming (especially playing old Stax/Motown music like “Green Onions”) is much much more than keeping time, or chopping, or fills, or whatever. When your playing, and everything’s cooking, and the bass player is laying down a phat groove so wide that you just slide in .. when everything is going and you’re deep in the pocket, you begin to spearate yourself from your personal performance. You begin to experience the music as a complete whole. It’s almost a bizarre out-of-body thing, but you’re playing along and you’re not just enjoying your own playing, but you’re enjoying the music everyone is contributing to making. Read more