The use of long notes and space

Alex Reeves Lesson time: (4min 54sec)

Unlike most instruments, a drum cannot hold a sustained note. As a result, many drummers do not play each note to its full value and compensate by becoming 'busy', adding more notes than are necessary. When a drummer realises that the note stops as well as starts, his sense of musicality is vastly increased and he can start to think in the same way as you're playing a piano.

About the instructor


Alex is a freelance musician who has performed live and in the studio with artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, Unkle, Bat for Lashes, Guy Garvey and Elbow. He has played headline slots at all the major UK festivals, including televised appearances on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, Oxygen Main Stage and T In The Park. International TV performances also include Live on MTV, the Jools Holland Hootenanny and The BBC Electric Proms with Dizzee Rascal.
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