「ポケット」を習得することはできるのか?🤔 -グルーヴをより良くするための5つのヒント

Rob Brown氏が語る「「ポケット」を習得することはできるのか?」を翻訳しました。




I'm gonna ask you guys a question, I want you to think about it for a couple of seconds, then I want you to pause the video, answer it in the comment section, and come back. The question is, can you learn pocket, or is it just one of them things where you either got it or you don't?



So what exactly is pocket? Like how do you define the term pocket to a new drummer? You can ask 20 different drummers, you're probably going to get 20 different answers. But if you ask me, like my definition of pocket, it's just this really nice foundation, right, that the drummer lays down that everybody else just kind of sits in, and it just feels really, really good. So there's this almost instant emotional connection. As soon as you hear a groove with a really nice pocket, it just encourages you to react somehow. So you can either start moving in your seat or you start making noises, you start reacting to it. But that to me is what a pocket is.


Question is, can you learn pocket? I'm on the fence with this. On one hand, I think maybe you can, but on the other hand, I kind of think it's like it's like being funny, right? Some people are either funny or they're not. You can give five different drummers the same chart with a groove on it, and they'll all play it for you, they might all be correct, but they're not all gonna feel the same, just the same as you know five comedians can tell the same joke, but Dave Chappelle is going to deliver it differently than Jerry Seinfeld. And if you talk to any professional comedian, they will tell you that you can't learn funny, funny is just something that you either got or you don't. But because I'm here to help you all out, I'm at least going to give you some tips. I'm going to give you just a small list of what I consider the most important elements of pocket, so you can at least make sure that you got them. So let's just get right into it.



So if you have any hopes of developing a great pocket when you're laying down grooves, the first thing that you're going to need, the first and the most important one, is you got to relax, all right? Can't be any tension anywhere in your body. Tension is the enemy of pocket. Got to remember that. So doesn't make any difference whether you're playing a nice subtle relaxed groove or even if it's an aggressive groove, you still got to be 100 relaxed. So it's literally a lesson in meditation while you got the sticks in your hands, man. When it's your call to start laying something down, make sure that whatever's tight on your body would just release it, and pro tip for that starts with the hands, man. If your hands are super loose, everything else is going to be loose.


Tip number two is that you have to be fully aware of the space. Alright, so don't just think about the notes that you're playing, think about all that open air that's around it because you can use that to your advantage either by filling it in with something sweet or leaving it out. Sometimes the notes that you don't play can be as effective as the notes that you do play, so don't be afraid to leave a little bit of space inside those grooves when you're laying them down. What happens is when you have that awareness, it helps you to sort of move while you're playing it because you're literally playing those empty spaces inside of your head. And when you're aware of those spaces, the tendency is to want to stay out of them. What happens is it helps you to keep those notes that you're playing nice and even, so you tend to rush less when you're aware of the space. So that's tip number two, man, embrace the space.



So the third thing that you're going to want to be aware of in your attempts to develop a better pocket is dynamics. Dynamics is critically important. Alright, so you just really have to imagine – this could be a mental thing – try to imagine that each one of your limbs has a separate channel on a mixer. Alright, because between your hi-hats, your snare drum right back beats, ghost notes, your kick drum, you have the full range of frequencies there. Um, and you're going to want to be able to mix them accordingly. The more control that you have dynamically, for volume wise over each limb, the better your grooves are going to feel. So that is one element that's going to have a very important effect on your pocket.


Let's talk a little bit about the fourth element here. Gonna throw a question out to you guys, and I want you to answer it honestly, alright? How many of you out there, while you're playing through a song, whether it's to a track or whether you're on stage with a band or whatever, but how many of you are thinking about the rhythmic foundation of whatever that song is? Now, basically what I mean by rhythmic foundation – some of you may have heard me use this term before – but basically, every single song that you play, doesn't make any difference what genre it is or whatever, but every single song is going to have some type of foundational rhythmic platform, alright? So it's either going to be eighth notes, a lot of basic pop rock stuff, straight eighth notes, one and two and three and four and, right? A lot of hip-hop grooves and stuff might be rolling on sixteenths. Um, a lot of blues shuffles, all that type of stuff, the foundation for a lot of that music is the rolling triplet, right? So that would be considered the rhythmic foundation for that particular song that you're playing.

The best way to improve your pocket is to number one, identify and be aware of what that rhythmic foundation is, and number two, stay in that lane. As long as you got the discipline, you can stay there and sit there and make whatever you're playing feel real nice. Now, you can step out of that lane if you want to play a fill or you know any other type of embellishment, but come right back into that lane and sit there. You'd be surprised at how much better a groove will feel while you're playing it when you just sit inside that rhythmic foundation.


Now, this fifth element you shouldn't really have many objections to because it's actually kind of fun. Get physically and emotionally involved with what you're playing, right? So, in basic terms, move, start dancing in your seat. When people see you really getting into the groove that you're playing, they're going to become engaged almost instantly. It's going to be a lot easier for them to connect with what you're doing. It's the one sole reason why it's so much fun to watch Bernard Purdy play anything. But it's also a lot of fun for the drummer, right? Because when you're laying something down, man, you're really feeling it, you know what it's like. It's like when you have like a really nice plate of food in front of you, I'm saying. Like say you got like a nice big plate of beef ribs perfectly smoked, and you're sitting there, right? You take a bite out of it, and you can't stop making a bunch of noises. It's the same thing when you're grooving. That's why Purdy makes so much noise when you hear him lay something down. But the more sort of emotionally connected you are to what it is that you're playing, the better it's going to feel, like light years better than if you're just sitting there mechanically playing it out of a book.

第5の要素は、あなたが反論する理由はあまりないでしょう。実際、それはかなり楽しいです。あなたが演奏しているものに身体的、感情的に関わってください。つまり、基本的には、動き、席で踊り始めます。人々があなたが演奏に没頭しているのを見ると、彼らはほとんど瞬時に興味を持つようになります。彼らがあなたがしていることにつながることがずっと簡単になるでしょう。それがどうしてBernard Purdyが何かを演奏するのを見るのがとても楽しいのかの唯一の理由です。しかし、ドラマーにとってもとても楽しいです。何かを打ち込んでいるときは本当に感じますよね。それは、あなたの前に本当に美味しい食べ物があるときのようなものです。例えば、完璧に燻製されたビーフリブの大きなプレートがあるとします。あなたはそこに座って、一口食べると、色んな音を出し続けられなくなるんです。グルーヴするときも同じことです。だから、Purdyが何かを演奏するときにあんなにうるさいのは、そういう理由です。あなたが演奏しているものにより感情的に繋がっているほど、それは感じ方が良くなります。ただ機械的に本から演奏するよりも、光年先に良く感じられるのです。

So, the song that you've been hearing throughout this video is actually one off one of my play-along albums called "Beatdown's Pocket Builders". This one's called "Stank Face". Link will be in the description box if you want to grab it for yourself. Matter of fact, just get the whole album, man. The whole album's good. But let me know your thoughts, man. We haven't talked about anything in a while, really. So drop a comment below, let's start a conversation. Let me know your thoughts on pocket and maybe share with some of the other people here what your favorite or who your favorite pocket players are. Just don't post any links because if you post links, it'll automatically get redirected. So just drop some names and let people know where to go. If you don't already have a Groove Responsibly t-shirt, I don't know what you're waiting on, man. Everybody's got one of these. Make sure you hit that link in the description box. You can go grab one for yourself. This comes in teas, comes in hoodies, and there's also a matching mug.

この動画で聞いている曲は、私のプレイアロングアルバム「Beatdown's Pocket Builders」の1つで、これは「Stank Face」と呼ばれています。自分で手に入れたい場合は、リンクを説明欄に記載していますので、クリックしてください。実際にアルバム全体を手に入れてください。アルバム全体が良いです。しかし、あなたの考えを教えてください。最近は何も話していません。コメントを下に投稿し、会話を始めましょう。ポケットに関するあなたの考えを教えてください。そして、お気に入りのポケットプレーヤーは誰か、あなたがどこに行けば見つけられるか、他の人々と共有してください。ただし、リンクを投稿しないでください。リンクを投稿すると、自動的にリダイレクトされてしまいます。だから、名前だけを投稿して、人々がどこに行けば見つけられるかを知らせてください。Groove ResponsiblyのTシャツを持っていない場合は、何を待っているのかわかりません。誰もがこれを持っています。説明欄にあるリンクをクリックして、自分自身のものを手に入れてください。Tシャツに加えて、フーディーもあり、マッチングのマグカップもあります。

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