pete ray big­gin

Play­ing from the heart and mak­ing the mu­sic feel good

Rhythm - - VIDEO & AUDIO DRUM LESSONS - Pete Ray Big­gin is one of the UK’ s most ac­com­plished funk play­ers, hold­ing down the drums for Level 42 and per­form­ing with Ste­wart Cope land’ s Giz­modro me. He also has his own band, the Pete Ray Big gin Un­der­ground. Pete’ s book, fea­tur­ing his P BUG tra

In his third guest lesson for Rhythm, UK funk star Pete Ray Big­gin fo­cuses on ‘feel’. Feel in­volves many as­pects of your play­ing; dy­nam­ics, con­sis­tency and tim­ing, groove and more. Pete demon­strates this on the PB Un­der­ground track, ‘Wake Up With You’.

For this sweet, funky groove, Pete is play­ing 16ths on the hi-hat –it’s im­por­tant you play this con­sis­tently and with a good sense of dy­nam­ics. Keep the groove steady and ‘lose your­self’ to the rhythm. When play­ing along with the track, Pete ad­vises you to try and dis­tract your­self – close your eyes and imag­ine you’re the drum­mer that’s been picked to play on that track; take your thoughts away from what your hands are do­ing – think emo­tion not hands. Re­ally lis­ten to what’s go­ing on around you in the mu­sic; lis­ten in par­tic­u­lar to what the vo­cal­ist is do­ing, the soloist and, most im­por­tantly, don’t get in the way of what they are do­ing – com­ple­ment them. The drum­mer’s job is to make the mu­sic eelf good, so play from the heart! Once you do that, you’ll see your band mem­bers look­ing at you and smil­ing – then you know you’re do­ing a good job!

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