Playing The First Bar

I remember watching Dave Weckl’s video, Back To Basics (or was it The Next Step?) and he talked about counting in a song: he suggested singing the song in your head to get the tempo, and then play a bar or two by clicking your sticks or whatever. I’m badly...
The Essence of Feel, Part 2

The Essence of Feel, Part 2

In part 1, we looked at ways to help ‘improve’ a musician’s feel or groove, but in this segment I’d like to explore what it is we are talking about here, and how to make ourselves more sensitive to it. Again, I’d like to stress that this is a very subjective topic,...

The Gift of Bhakti

In the time I’ve practiced yoga, I’ve been fortunate to be exposed to many unexpected things. Strangely enough, the most unexpected was a glimpse of my own divine nature. I think somewhere I did expect to uncover and face my demons, as it were, but what I...

The Essence of Feel, Part 1

  Groove, pocket, feel… as musicians, we regularly use these terms to describe that certain something that we call by these names. How well can we really define this quality? What is it about it that we really respond to? Is it universal, or as individual as each...