by David Garibaldi
Drummers like Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, Bernard Purdie, Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich and a few others influence much of what drummers do today. There should be more men like that because music today needs the return of the innovative drummer; someone who sets the trends rather than follows them. The innovative drummer is the thinking drummer, the one who drives himself to produce results. I’d like for you to think this article through and then become inspired to develop ideas on your own; to get committed to be the best you can be and then have the energy and conviction to carry it out.
Here are a couple of ideas utilizing the toms as part of a drum beat, rather than just for fills and solos. Adding the toms give the beats a more melodic sound and can be very effective in complementing ensemble parts.
This concept substitutes T.T. for certain B.D. notes. For every B.D. note written off the beat, substitute a T.T. B.D. notes on the beat remain.
Now add B.D. on every quarter note to “lock-down” the time.
This next idea involves the L.H. between T.T., H.H. and S.D. to produce a “Latin Rock” sound. Begin with this hand pattern:
Rearrange the sticking slightly, adding T.T. and feet:
L.H. moves from T.T. to H.H. to S.D., etc.
Remember, all unaccented S.D. are to be played softly (pp).