This article on microtiming in human drumming is a fun short read, especially the part about how the tiny pattern offsets happen over short and long time frames, like fractals.
It reminded me of a fun - yet very technical - article I read about the mirco-timing "intentional error" that samba de roda players consistently make. In the chart shown, notes 3 and 4 are consistently played before the downbeat.
No this is not some kinky outdoor hook-up. I've talked about the pattern I refer to as the 5 sisters before. Essentially it splits up eight counts of a rhythm into 5 accented and 3 unaccented. I refer to the variations as 2-2-1, 2-1-2, and 1-2-2.
I've been listening to a lot of mixtapes in the last year and a half - meaning podcast mixes…. None has quite inspired me as much as the recent Hidden Orchestra Flight mixtape. So much so that for the first time in over a year I took the time to lay down with no other distractions to listen to the mix through headphones. And once I had done that, I had to write about it. It's that amazing...
[Thanks to Joaoclima for the photo, rollover for credits.]
I was frustrated with my pandeiro practice a few months ago, because I felt like I had enough practice to keep up with and play along with some slower sambas / pagoda tunes - but my playing didn't sound right, it didn't "fit" the music.
My pandeiro teacher had always stressed the active use of the left hand - in particular to bring the pandeiro to meet the right hand when playing. To be clear - this is true, and is not the problem.