pete ray biggin
Playing from the heart and making the music feel good
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!