Check out the article above, “Dealing with Song Forms: Tips for Drummers” from the Learn Jazz Standards website. It is great advice for drummers on how to reinforce the song form while drumming.
Have you ever wondered why “Song Rhythm Tracks” and not just “Rhythm Tracks“?
It’s because the drumming should always outline the form of the song you are playing. That’s fundamentally the role of the drummer or the rhythm track if you play without a drummer. The article above, about tutoring drummers, explains this very well.
Always play in “song form”
You shouldn’t be using a rhythm track that doesn’t outline the form of the song because, if you do, that then counteracts the form and defeats the music you are trying to play. This can be subtle, mainly if you haven’t considered it before. New musicians often haven’t and wrongly believe that any metronomic sound or groove will do. They miss out terribly, and not having the songform outlined will hamper your progress.Continue Reading