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Is there any way to not get so distracted by other people's (or even sometimes your own) mistakes that you yourself start to lose the rhythm?
3. Playing through transitions...jon has it right. Quit counting. that never really helps unless you are trying to learn something entirely new. You need to feel it...it in time. There is a GREAT video, a lesson by Carmine Appice at one of the drum shows talking about how we are the ONE engine in the band that drive the bus. Go watch it and chek out how he gets around his kit for fills etc. That really solidified how I think about playing transitions. The video is here on DC somewhere.
"Feeling it" = complete attentiveness to what ALL are doing withing the confines of the music....and understanding and being ok with the idea that not all 1/4, 1/8, 1nd 1/16 th notes are created equal.
What a great, succinct definition! I'm saving this one. Thanks Bob!