Cool! When do you find time to do all this exploration of music, Sambop? You are more diverse in your taste than anyone I know personally. Is that common in India?
Latin drummers are amazingly technical, maybe moreso than any other genre. My (drummer) son showed me a guy that could do different time signatures with each limb of his body, including legs. I don't know why someone would need that in a blues groove but evidently there are latin songs where it matters? And I've never met a Puerto Rican percussionist that wasn't fabulous
I think practice with a metronome or drum machine is great for technical excersizes, but for groove and feel, I prefer to play along with good music.
Yes, but a drummer who can play with a click track is already ahead of 95% of his competition. Since my meter can fluctuate wildly when I'm playing/singing, I need a drummer to show me the way home.
I forced my son to play to a metronome at age 12 and he passed the audition to become an Army drummer (about 75 in the world) which paid for a University education in San Francisco that turned into a film-making career which pays him more than enough to live in Beverly Hills and hang out with Hollywood stars.
Last few months he produced an nation-wide educational campaign for 4th graders to visit national parks for free with their entire families, and he had Michelle Obama doing the opening narration.
He has learned there are better ways to make a living than playing drums....but he's still one of the best drummers you could play with. Won the California drum-off in 2012 without rehearsing in two years. I know that because his drums were set up in my garage in Texas while he lived on a sailboat in Sausalito, CA
It all started with a metronome.