Personally, I think the “2” feel is the place where most jazz tunes can drag or lose steam. It’s easy to do.
BUT… If you know what the old guard knew about how they think of the “2” feel, it brings that groove to life.
Ever see those old masters whip the stick around under the hi-hat and play all this cool stuff? Here are a few of those moves.
While we’d all like to play the hi-hat like Papa Jo and Max and Buddy, and while that takes years, here’s a set of techniques that have all but died with those masters.
What do these great drummers have in common?
Jeff “Tain” Watts
I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely documented, but one of the things that trips up drummers is how to get that jazz “pop” out of their instrument without overpowering the other instruments. How often have you been told either:
a) you’re too loud
b) it needs more intensity/energy/drive/fire/whatever random word the non-drummer uses for they’re not getting enough from you?
The “secret” to that happy medium lies in 2 rules: