Alan Dworsky – Secrets of the Hand: Soloing Strategies for Hand Drummers
Mar 21 2014
This book is for advanced hand drummers who want to play complex solos using simple sequences of hand strokes. Whether you play Djembe, conga, or ashiko, the practical hand-pattern strategies explained here will help you get the most out of your hands with the least amount of effort. And whether you want to solo in a traditional African or Afro-Cuban ensemble, in a drum circle, in a band, or in your living room along with your favorite CDs, Secrets of the Hand will help you take your playing to the next level. The book is organized into two main sections. The first covers the five basic hand-pattern strategies and the second covers five strategies for creating the illusion of speed. Each new strategy builds on the ones before it. And while you’re learning the strategies, you’ll also be learning over a hundred patterns that should be a fountain of ideas for you when you solo.
This book has some valuable techniques and concepts. Having the ability to read well and follow the guidance is another challenge in and of itself. Some points that are extremely crucial, no matter how seemingly fundamental or primitive at face value must be emphasized with recurring frequency. After inevitably getting carried away with playing to hard and fast, bring it back to simple exercises. Such as loops or phrases/strings of notes that you play over and over for no less than a hundred reps a piece(-use your own discretion, make a meditation of it, kill the chore feeling, it was implanted by corporate ad campaigns that have empowered our weaknesses…). They can be 2 beat patterns through 6,8,12,16,32, however you see fit. Play it slow-hard, slow-soft, hard-fast, and soft-fast, and everything in between. To develop multi-dimensional agility, one must explore every possibility, that is why practices such as these can be illuminating in other arenas too. Try not to let your ego get in the way of admitting that you, like everyone else is a student first, and that to teach is to also learn. No need to ever feel inferior or less desirable to not know something, you’ll get further faster admitting ignorance and asking for immediate guidance at every turn.
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