For those of us in attendance for the first ever vfJAMS Live, Stanley Randoph’s performace still ranks as one of the most epic performances. Not because it was a showcase of technical wizardry or fireworks of soloistic display, but because he did what the very best drummers do best: make the audience dance! Stanley’s pocket is so deep and groove so hard that we owe it to ourselves to make his performance one of our first “Learn the Music” episodes!
Listen to how the music grooves at 100% tempo – but also dive into how the same cut slowed down to 50% and 75% STILL have the same great feel! There are tons of drummers in the world who can groove for a bar or two – or maybe even a phrase or two – but it takes a true master to have that same funky feel from beginning to end.
Once you’ve checked out the video, download the transcription & try it out for yourself! See if you can learn the notes, play along with Stanley at 50%, 75% and 100% – then record YOURSELF and see if you can maintain that feel from beginning to end!
BEFORE DIVING INTO VIC FIRTH’S “LEARN THE MUSIC” BREAKDOWN, BE SURE TO WATCH THE ORIGINAL VIDEO:
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DOWNLOAD THE TRANSCRIPTION, LEAD SHEET AND TRACKS
Learn the Groove!
This video “isolates” the drum track to make it easier to follow what Stanley is playing.
Use the “Chapter Menu” in the play bar to skip to 50%, 70% and 100% speeds
Learn the Solo!
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