Ben Rainey

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Musical Fluency: Stealing From Drummers — Single Paradiddle

When you’re running low on ideas, a great place to turn for inspiration is other instruments. Learning a sax lick, a piano chord voicing or a vocal melody can allow you to approach music from an entirely new angle. Getting a peek at how other instrumentalists think also can help you get in sync with your bandmates. If you know what your bass player is trying to do, then you can complement his basslines better with your guitar part.