Re: What to do with Phasing Issues
Posted by Bucky on 10/6/2019, 9:21 am, in reply to "What to do with Phasing Issues"
If you're counting for them from the front then you're setting them up for failure from the get go. |
Sound travels at a certain speed and if you count from the front, the members closest to the sideline will hear it first and will play ahead of those farther away who hear it later. By the time it all reaches the box, there will always be phasing like this.
Most programs take a back-to-front approach to regular timing. They teach the kids to listen back to whoever's behind them (usually the battery being farthest back). The sound travels forward and the kids match it as it does so that it's all together by the time it reaches the box. That's why they place a metronome either on the back sideline/hash or they'll have someone carry the longranger as close to the battery as possible.
As far as keeping time during the ballad, if they can't keep time with a consistent snare on each beat (assuming you run subdivision exercises daily), you might be better off getting someone to arrange some simple drum parts. Something with plenty of subdivisions to keep the band locked into place during the long/slow beats of the ballad. I know, it can ruin the effect and musicality of a ballad, but it's the lesser of two evils.