What’s up all..back at it with some cool videos. It’s all about drums today. Friday I mentioned how Swizz Beatz gets crazy with his drums, banging out on the Mpc. I just want to remind you to be creative with your rhythms. I like to chop up loops, add effects, and blend them in with the drums I either play out, or program.
I have also been a huge fan of one the greatest drummers ever, Sheila E.. She’s amazing on percussion and a full piece set up. She does a lot of Latin cadences even in her ” Pop” type songs. I often try to mix Latin percussion loops into hip hop rhythms, adding flange or phasers. Mixing techniques from different genres will help you make better drum patterns for hip hop.
Sheila E. Drum Solo:
I always wanted to learn, but living quarters helped keep the kits at guitar center..lol. Instead, I bought the Yamaha DD-55 last year. It’s a pretty cool drum module which can be used as a midi controller for the Mpc or Software. I’ve been getting into it more and more. Its fun to play patterns with the sticks. I can’t seem to get used to the little foot pedals though. Luckily I can assign the drums the way I want them, which makes it easier for me. The best I’ve come up with so far are short loops which I blend into a beat on Fl Studio, Reason, or the MPC. It helps give additional movement to my patterns. I’m going to keep at it because folks are really getting busy with the DD-55:
Yamaha DD-55 in action
Next Up Reason Drums… This is a very interesting video on how the Reason drum kits were made. There are also tips through out, so be sure to watch closely.
These are just a few things to help bring your focus to your Drums. You know how important they are in Hip Hop, so play around with them. Get creative with them, and have fun making some great patterns.
Happy Drumming To All
Pz Til Later