We all know that a bass player and a drummer should be best friends. That locking together is the best thing since … Joking, nothing is better. Trouble is, I am such a beginner that not only I don’t have a drummer to play with, but I would waste their time. So, while I slowly improve with a metronome, maybe I could use some drum loop. But how can I decode those? They have so many sounds in those kits, and I struggle to decode the beats from the fills (and there is no rule by which the rhythm of the loop should not use syncopated pulse or some other evil trick!)
Some apps allow to superimpose a click, and that is helpful but is also “cheating”.
I can ‘feel’ the rhythm of the loop, but I struggle to “rationalize it” and be actually able to play together.
So, how can I begin to learn this mysterious world of drums? Is there some pointer, some magical nugget of knowledge that can give me the basis?