Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:45 pm
You are completely correct. Playing with or on the dunun parts is a perfectly legitimate way of working on coming up with solo techniques. My personal taste leads me in the opposite direction. I tend to use overlapping for breaks, and I often use this technique to come up with breaks. For solos I preferr to play in the spaces (if I'm playing in the same time signature at all... )e2c wrote:I hear you on the reaction to a badly-taught class, but that doesn't mean that the basic idea is flawed.
I like transferring dunun parts/melodies to djembe - just for fun, in playing for myself - and find that it helps a lot in understanding the placement of djembe parts, on an intuitive level. Am sure this will all give me some fuel for my own solos, as time goes on and I learn more.
There's no reason in the world to hold back just because that guy didn't know what he was doing.
My students will often directly copy dunun parts on their own so I havn't been that concerned about teaching it in class. Maybe I should rethink that. That's the nice thing about having these discussions, it gets me thinking about things I might have abandoned or avoided in the past.