I'm gonna go out on a limb and 100% agree with this statement.I think it's the single stroke...what do you think?
I totally agree about the space between the notes. I don’t agree with the rebound concept, because not all surfaces rebound—and we still need to hit them with skill in order to produce a good tonethe concept of rebound, applied to everything
the concept of how space between notes createss groove
for me, that is all
OK. I agree. A "good sense of timing" is most important to a "solid foundation of drumming".Well, hmm. I have to say I slightly disagree about a couple things there. IMO, the concept of "rebound" is an integral part of the single stroke itself. In fact I'd go as far as to say the best way to learn to control the stick is to learn to let go of it. You have to let go of it first, and then pick it back up, and then you've completed a single stroke.
To me the concept of rebound control has nothing to do with surfaces per se. It's everything to do with the hand muscles understanding the motions the stick has to make to complete a stroke and be prepared for whatever is to happen next.
Also, I disagree about time and the single stroke, not that the single stroke doesn't help with feeling space and repetition, it absolutely does, but I don't believe single stroke alone can create or fix a sense of time that is weak to begin with. And yes, I believe that time feel is absolutely "out there", some have natural sense of time and many many people do not, and for some of those people, no matter how many single strokes they do, they will never develop great sense of time. I think some context is key, either from a metronome or some steady music to play along with can help the time/tempo challenged to a degree, and with a lot of work even someone with poor time feel can improve drastically.
OK. I agree. A "good sense of timing" is most important to a "solid foundation of drumming".
The real question then is.........can a "good sense of timing" be taught?
I think many have answered this by getting to the most basic, root core of drumming - which while interesting - might not be what the OP is looking for?
I think it's the single stroke...what do you think?
My foundation is posture and breathing and everything else stems from this (hand technique, foot technique, limb coordination, endurance, time, groove, listening, creativity, focus, attitude, etc.). I wish someone explained this to me much earlier as it covers alot of ground and something that can be practice away from the kit. It sounds vague but at least for physical technique, it setups a foundation for natural movements and developing flexibility for numerous conditions for technique to work in along with variations within different hands and grips, etc...this is what I believe at least.
I would add fundamentals in tuning is important...while is doesn't seem like technique, a common trend I've seen is that some may tension their drums favorable for technique rather than sound and then make up the rest by tape or muffling techniques (same with one dimensional cymbal sound choices). And we know that generally, open tunings and thinner cymbals have alot of overtones to control which require more advanced technique to negotiate it but have richer range of tone/dynamics to work with but requires flexibility from the drummer. It comes up in stick choices too, players may pick sticks that feel good in the in hand but not necessarily sound good for the expression. This is actually very difficult to get technique to this point or even have the attitude for it. But I believe this is where 'your sound' comes from where one can sit on any foreign kit and make music and not have your hand technique limited by different head tensions or placements...
You need to be able to hear and use your limbs is foundational. Just being able to hold and use the sticks properly= without a death grip or physically killing yourself when you can do it much easier is pretty fundamental. I think after that there is a core of snare, kick, and hats or ride. Singles, doubles, triple strokes, and flams can be constructed to cover all 40 rudiments. Understanding rhythm and melody is pretty fundamental to all music.