Johnny Concannon | Drummer
Yesterday I posted a philosophy of mine about approaching standard tunes for working band situations, essentially the point being that fully serving the song ultimately makes any gig better. That being said, sometimes the vibe for a song might require you to cover a little more musical territory due to the arrangement, or maybe you want to add a little more spice to the pot to season to your liking without taking away from the main flavors.
Hereβs the classic βPlay That Funky Musicβ tune that everybody knows, stock 8th note hi hat beat, straight in the pocket. One of the ways I approach the concept of βpersonal seasoning β on this song and many others like it is to use the 2nd verse to βstretchβ the groove a little bit. I added a some 16ths notes to the hats and a couple of small fills to break it up a bit, but not so much as to disrupt the dance vibe the band is throwing down. β«οΈ
This approach works on almost any pop/dance tune, but itβs not always suitable. If the groove of the song is part of the hook of the tune (Shake It Off by T.Swift or Happy by Pharrell are good example) then Iβd advise to chill on the hypnotic rhythm and make the song come alive, but for the most part you can get away with a little trickery if you just bide some time and pick your placement. β«οΈ
The reason I like to wait for the 2nd verse is so that the listener and the band can get comfortable in the groove the first time around, that way the new accents and breaks donβt feel so sudden. This will keep the dance floor moving and the band grooving and youβll look like a genius. Hope this helps somebody! Time to hit the shed! βπΌπ₯