Gadd to Dave to....did you get the shuffle idea from this video?
It's a small world out there...lol
If you're open...I think the placement of the ride seems awkward...when you
played the shuffle, the stick hit the bell ea time...note in the above vid the
stick placement (i know elec drums feel very different) but the same feel
should be applied. Also (this is just time in...the 10k hours thing) but
get to that "relaxed" feel...the cat above demo's this well...very relaxed,
letting the sticks do all the work...dynamics/sensitivity.
More (if you're open)...
What helped me is playing very basic grooves with a time source...to get
INSIDE the pocket as a foundation to everything else focusing on five
"feels"; 8th, 16th, shuffle, triplet, and jazz shuffle feel...i would do a
1min, 3 min, 5 min of NO fills...just time for each...much harder than
most would think...this really lets me hear my time feel as the foundation
for fills to support the groove/song. I would do a range of BPM (40-120)
for each, then do a 1 min for each weaving them together, 3 min, etc.,
then mix the order (8th to shuffle to 16th to triplet to jazz shuffle, etc)...
it goes from there...next is dynamics hats to snare to BD...1 min of
more dynamics on snare, next hats, next BD, then mixing it up.
I also do a clapping exercise to a metronome weaving each of these "feels"
seamlessly together inspired from Jojo's clapping thing. Same with sticks
on pad & bed. This really helped me get "inside" time. Just my thot for the day!
Great job! I'd like to hear more about the kit tho...
*Do you get any glitch on the hats (elec delay?)?
*Have you tried to customize a kit...online helps for settings?
--one guy nailed Bonhams sound to a tee with settings for example
Playing an elec kit is reality for many living in an apt unless you can use
sliencers...both of which for me really change the feel...i can cool with
the Roland for about an hour, then get messed up...my playing changes to
adapt...my feel gets thrown off