Jack Goodwin sent this link to me recently: http://youtu.be/-lzkHFIFrMk
It is a 35-minute video of Warne Marsh leading a seminar with young jazz musicians in Norway. The video very much captures what it was like for me to be with Warne during that time period.
The video also prompted a memory: there is a part where Warne is tapping rhythms with his hands and feet, and this was something I went through with him, he said that Lennie taught it to him.
The goal was to feel and then perform or â€˜playâ€™ polyrhythms with different appendages. We started with very easy combinations â€“ 2 against 1, 3 against 1, 4 against 1. The exercises were done with combinations of hands and feet, in this sequence:
Â· Right hand-left hand and then switch hands (top)
Â· Right foot-left foot and then switch feet (bottom)
Â· Right hand-right foot and then switch (side)
Â· Left hand-left foot and switch (side)
Â· Right hand-left foot and switch (diagonal)
Â· Left hand-right foot and switch (diagonal)
Â· Both hands-both feet and switch (top/bottom)
Â· Right side-left side and switch (side/side)
Â· Rh/lf-lh/rf and switch (diagonal/diagonal)
For me the sequence revealed a weakness in coordination with one or two combinations that improved with practice. The goal was to get comfortable with the sequence and then add 3 against 2, 4 against 3, and 5 against 4. Warne said an ultimate goal was to be able to tap 2, 3, 4 and 5 simultaneously with two hands and feet, and that Sal Mosca could do it really well. I asked him if he could do it and he gave a quiet chuckle and said â€œI did it once.â€ Based on that video tape, we should believe him!
finished writing my book I later thought that I could have included this
material, since I do spell out the singing exercises for learning
But give it a try â€“ Warne said that Lennie thought all drummers should be required to do this before playing with him!