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May 6, 2007 8:43 AM   Subscribe

Assaf Seewi has rhythm.
posted by phrontist (39 comments total)

 
The tambourine gets a bad rap because a bunch of people abused them in the 70s. I saw a guy use one in lieu of a kit at a gig recently and it worked out really well.
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:50 AM on May 6, 2007


Tambourine. Bad rap. Good one.
posted by DU at 8:58 AM on May 6, 2007


The tambourine gets a bad rap

In the interest of accuracy, that's not a tambourine, it's a pandeiro, an instrument from Brazil, and an entire, very sophisticated playing technique is associated with it. Mostly used in samba.

Mister Seewi is certainly a very flashy player, an amazing technician. As far as whether he has rhythm, it's a little hard to tell as he doesn't stay with any particular ryhthm longer than a few seconds. None of the beats he demonstrates lasts longer than 2 or 4 bars, max. All that stick throwing and catching and filligree and fast rolls with 4 sticks in hand and such, for me that's more akin to a display of athleticism than a display of rhythm. I'd like to see him settle into, and really sit on a groove. And make it groove. Haven't seen that in any of these links, though.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:07 AM on May 6, 2007 [2 favorites]


That is not a tamborine he's playing. It's a brazilian instrument called a pandeiro. There are two key differences between a tamborine and pandeiro.
posted by wsg at 9:09 AM on May 6, 2007


Still a tambourine, just pimped out.
posted by found missing at 9:22 AM on May 6, 2007


OK, thanks! Not being a percussionist, it was an easy mistake to make.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:32 AM on May 6, 2007


Amen, flapjax, amen. Percussion solos often drive me nuts precisely for this reason. Drummers seem to want to show off how they can get rid of (and return to) a groove at will instead of laying it on really thick and playing with variations.
posted by noahpoah at 9:32 AM on May 6, 2007


He also has a whistle that he plays insistently (not safe for migraines).
posted by moonbird at 9:36 AM on May 6, 2007


...bass solo!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 9:39 AM on May 6, 2007


...bass solo!

LOL! For those that don't know, that happens to be the punch line to a very funny joke.

More LOL!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:44 AM on May 6, 2007


I'd like to see him settle into, and really sit on a groove. And make it groove. Haven't seen that in any of these links, though.

Me, too. Though in fairness, the one link I clicked on appeared to be a compilation, so there's always the possibility he played for longer grooves. Kinda like the guy who does live drum and bass.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:45 AM on May 6, 2007


These are mostly taken from a set of DVDs he has done where he demos his very flashy stuff. In his music (he's also a guitarist/songwriter) he can groove quite a bit. It's sort of beside the point. He's a great musician, but this is supposed to impress in a Buddy Rich sort of way. (He juggles the sticks man).

Rhythm != Groove. You can demonstrate rhythm (keeping time) over a complicated 2 bars.
posted by phrontist at 9:48 AM on May 6, 2007


love to see some him playing out a little. these are more like instructional videos, and i'm not a drummer.
posted by facetious at 9:55 AM on May 6, 2007


Yeah, but Neil Peart also writes the lyrics.
posted by fungible at 10:02 AM on May 6, 2007


Tiony Royster, Jr. (12-year-old) drum solo.
posted by ericb at 10:12 AM on May 6, 2007


*Tony* got rhythm.
posted by ericb at 10:13 AM on May 6, 2007


Best drum solo by a seven year old ever?
posted by ericb at 10:17 AM on May 6, 2007


Tony Royster Jr. - Street Drums.
posted by ericb at 10:21 AM on May 6, 2007


jesus christ that tony royster solo was incredible.
posted by facetious at 10:49 AM on May 6, 2007


I'll see your Tony and raise you a Stevie.
posted by chuckdarwin at 10:54 AM on May 6, 2007


Really likin' that D'n'B guy.
posted by Drexen at 11:03 AM on May 6, 2007


Royster has lots of licks, but no time. His tempo's all over the place.
posted by wsg at 11:17 AM on May 6, 2007


Best drum solo ever?
posted by orgvol at 11:32 AM on May 6, 2007 [2 favorites]


Mamady Keita is king.

He's shown briefly in this video as "Petite Mamady" performs for him. Just hearing his students gives you a sense of this guys connection to the drum. There's no one like Mamady.
posted by ageispolis at 11:57 AM on May 6, 2007


I can't even spell rhythem.
posted by stavrogin at 1:45 PM on May 6, 2007


You want great rhythm? Evelyn Glennie playing Steve Reich's Clapping Music by herself.

(It's normally difficult for two to perform.)
posted by LooseFilter at 2:33 PM on May 6, 2007


Not bad. I was impressed by his finger technique on the congas, something I only use on thinner-skinned hand drums.
posted by kozad at 3:00 PM on May 6, 2007


When I was gigging, the tambourine was something for the singer to do during instrumental breaks. So, it was a real revelation to me when, some ten years after the fact, I saw "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" and Jack Ashford's tambourine playing.

"Hey!" I said. "It's an INSTRUMENT!"
posted by Trochanter at 3:35 PM on May 6, 2007


That's what she said

/michael scott
posted by found missing at 4:39 PM on May 6, 2007


"Hey!" I said. "It's an INSTRUMENT!"

"Hey! Mister pandeiro man
Play a song for me..."

posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:17 PM on May 6, 2007


LooseFilter...isn't that only true for the performer who has to do the phasing? The one who's keeping their part unchanged has a much easier time of it...the only tricky bit is remembering when to stop...
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:01 PM on May 6, 2007


That said, that Evelyn Glennie clip is fantastic. Thanks!
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:03 PM on May 6, 2007


isn't that only true for the performer who has to do the phasing?

Yeah, but sooner or later they've all gotta phase the music.

/ba doom

the only tricky bit is remembering when to stop...

Wait a minute. Are you saying they're supposed to stop?

I just flew in from Juilliard, and boy are my arms tired.

/ba doom psshhhtt
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posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:33 PM on May 6, 2007


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posted by edverb at 8:49 PM on May 6, 2007


Jon Mitchell: yes, one player does just clap (or play) the pulse for the whole time. But my experiences performing minimalist works have shown me that even the simplest thing gets hard if you have to do exactly right for long enough. Plus, it's tiring.

So I guess that clip showed great rhythm and pulse!

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posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:46 PM on May 6, 2007


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A: You only have to punch the track into the machine once.

/ancient
posted by Wolof at 12:15 AM on May 7, 2007


You want great rhythm? Evelyn Glennie playing Steve Reich's Clapping Music by herself.

plus, she's deaf.
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