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Skratch Lessons: Melodies in Drumming

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[MUSIC]
All
right we're gonna talk about getting
melodic in drumming.
You gotta point your fingers like this too
I mean when you talk about being
melodic in drumming.
So this is kinda like a simple thing right
here, this kinda speaks for
itself because it's already melodic.
So this, this is I think a bass note.
[SOUND] And then a snare.
[SOUND] Right.
[MUSIC]
Right.
[MUSIC]
But
you can get melodic with that little bass
note in there.
[MUSIC]
By going up.
[SOUND]
Or going down.
[SOUND] All right so we can make like
different bass lines.
Let's, let's just copy this bass line.
[MUSIC]
Okay, let's copy that bass line.
[MUSIC]
Da, da, da, da.
Right?
[MUSIC]
That's all I'm doing.
[MUSIC]
Go low.
[MUSIC]
Incorporate low and high.
[MUSIC]
All right so all I'm, all I'm doing is
going.
[MUSIC]
All right, and then you do your drumming
techniques.
That applies to like, any type of drums.
So let's go with.
[MUSIC]
Here's another one.
[MUSIC]
Anyway, so.
[SOUND] That comes from, like, you know,
drummers, really good drummers, a lot of
super good drummers, they'll actually make
melodies with their drum kit.
You know, like, when they, when they hit
that.
[SOUND] That kick with their feet,
you know how you have a kick drum and they
hit it with their feet?
The really good ones can make notes,
like melodies out of their drum kits, like
the guy from Motown.
I heard was you know, notorious for that.
Like the other musicians would be like,
damn,
every time he hits that, hits those, you
know, those kicks, he's making notes.
I don't know how he's doing it on the
drums, but
I do know how to do it on the turntables.
[SOUND] You just, you know.
The faster you go, the higher it gets.
[SOUND] The lower you go, the slower it
gets.
[SOUND] And the slower you move, the lower
it gets.
[MUSIC]
Okay, well you get the idea.
So when you drum, keep that in mind.
It sounds kind of,
a little more interesting than just going
straight ahead, you know?
So, usually when I'm drumming for a song
like,
if I'm drumming up some kind of melody or
whatever, I'm going with the melody.
Let's just play this.
I don't even know if I can do it with this
beat.
[MUSIC]
What's the melody there?
[MUSIC]
I'm just kinda making this up.
Let's see.
[MUSIC]
This might not even have enough.
[SOUND]
All right, so it's like.
[MUSIC]
That's
kind of a bad example, but you get it.
Like, let, let's play something melodic.
Let's play, oh, I don't know.
What should I play, yo?
Dog diggity dogs.
Let's play, oh, I don't know, let's see.
I'll play, I'll just guess here and I'll
go to like,
Indian music is usually, I just pick
something.
Okay let's see here.
[MUSIC]
It's a mantra, a mantra.
[MUSIC]
Mm, mm.
That's a bad example lets go to something
else.
Oh, I don't know lets see.
[MUSIC]
I don't know what the heck this is.
[MUSIC]
I don't what, I can't even hear it.
Listen.
[MUSIC]
oops skip.
[MUSIC]
Okay, you get the idea so what I'm trying
to say is, you know, like Bruce Lee would
say, you gotta be like water.
You know, whatever the form of the cup is,
you know, you pour the water in and
then you become the shape of the cup.
It's the same with music and drumming.
If you're gonna drum to something,
you gotta take the form of that music that
you're drumming to.
All right, you get the idea so yeah, just
keep that in mind, all right?
[MUSIC]