They are our rhythmic counterpart, and we share a lot of similarities. But how do you play with one?
Actively listen to what patterns the drummer is playing. Think about what you are playing and how you could help accent, or add to the drummers groove.
2. Lock in with the Kick
Pay attention to the big kick drum (the thumpy one). If the drummer is playing a recognizable pattern, play your notes so that they land right on time with the kick.
3. Take Turns
If it’s just you and the drummer, chances are you will trade solos at one point. I love this part! Keep trying to increase the impressiveness of your solo and leave the drummer in the dust.
4. Don’t Overplay
Playing with other musicians is different and the same. I define overplaying as trying too hard to fit in something that doesn’t belong, or just showing off. Don’t force it. Don’t try to be a superstar.
5. Keep Going
Do not stop the music because you made a mistake or hit a bad note. Keep the flow going and the rewards will follow. Don’t let a technical error ruin what should be an awesome experience.
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