Students in the school of blues guitar hear me repeat the same comments over and over in lessons and VE’s – “harmonize the drums,” “swing,” “breathe,” “dynamics,” “play melodies, not patterns” etc. etc.
When you constantly hear the same thing from a familiar source it becomes easy to tune it out, but when you hear the same thing from a different source – say, one of the most distinctive musicians this country has every produced – it takes on new meaning. With that thought in mind, consider the following:
“Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time. Pat your foot and sing the melody in your head when you play. Make the drummer sound good.”
“Discrimination is important. You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig? Stop playing all that bullshit, those weird notes, play the MELODY!”
“Don’t play every thing or every time. Let some things go by. Always leave them wanting more. Let some music just be imagined. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.”
“A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.”
Original Source: “Just because you’re not a drummer…”