A belt is the key to creating high notes with a single hand and low notes with two. By doing so, an individual is able to move from one key to another at a faster and more consistent pace. The same holds true for a band’s drum set. In a drum set, a drum leader is responsible for the beats of the ensemble and to maintain the rhythm and timbre of the group. He/she can either play only in key of the band’s keys or can change the order to fill gaps in the set’s rhythm.
As noted, there are also other instrumental methods for creating higher and lower notes and creating a rhythm. In a classical setting, a drummer performs two or more beats of each chord on a single note. The drummer does not beat the note, he/she is simply the percussion player on each beat. Therefore, in a classical setting, a jazz drummer plays one, two or even more beats of the same chord for the first or second beat of the chorus and then begins singing a line of one of the songs.
While some drummers may do this for their first lesson, I personally prefer a rhythm that they learn through repetition. This rhythm is created through practice and repetition of the same patterns or scales that they will use throughout the rest of their career. Because of this, I think it is important to take my notes from the drum section and do my work with a drummer’s rhythm and notes. For example, I will start with a two- or four-beat beat of chord on the lowest note of the chord that I would play for the first two beats in a song, then I’ll do two or three beats of the next chord from the chord that I would play for one and two of the verses. In jazz, one can repeat the beat of the song on different notes while simultaneously singing a specific number of measures on the downbeat of the song (or chord) to create a rhythmic pattern.
The point is: I do not teach drum and bass in isolation. I teach it in the context of the larger jazz ensemble and I teach it in my class. Not only that, but I teach it in very small groups using my own drum kit. This means I take all of my students in the class through an understanding of how a drum kit should work and what works and what doesn’t work.
Does my class have a drum section?
There are many different styles to drum-playing and there is no set style of drumming