I'm working on the solo. I promise I'll get to that. But for now, the groove.
Let's back up: people have been bugging me to do a lesson on Robert "Sput" Searight for at least the last year. So I was looking for a way in:
Maybe the solo from What About Me at NAMM 2015?
Maybe the Vic Firth video?
But nothing really grabbed my fancy. Sure, he could deal chops. Sure, he constructed unconventional, often "open" beats around the kit. But I needed a hook.
Enter the Meinl Can't Get Right video. In order to have the energy and fire to transcribe something when I could be perfecting my own vocab in the Batcave, it has to make me mad. And Can't Get Right made me mad.
"What's he doing, and why can't I do it?"
Like they keep raising the bar even as we all try to get better.
So I've spent most of this week transcribing the solo Sput plays at the 5-minute mark of Can't Get Right. But first, I wanted to tackle the groove.
"What kind of crazy cyclic five shit are they doing?"
And it's not as easy as it sounds, either. It took me 2 hours to feel comfortable. How long will it take you? Check the lesson...
Quick reminder: I'll be in Japan Sep 30-Oct 10, Bangkok the 10-17, and probably Hong Kong for a few days after that. Want to hang? Lesson? Meetup-followed-by-drinks? (Pay for lesson in drinks? I'm flexible). Get at me!