Pete Lockett is without any doubt one of the best musicians there are nowadays. As percussionist, drummer and musician he is on the forefront for...
Pete Lockett is without any doubt one of the best musicians there are nowadays. As percussionist, drummer and musician he is on the forefront for many years already. In 2016 he played at the Wienfelden International drum festival in Switzerland, and he was so kind to share his footage with us - and even send us commentaries with the videos.
We created a series of Director Cuts from the videos with commentaries about the videos from Pete himself. When listening to Pete about the tracks, suddenly those often hard to grasp percussion rhythms start to make sense. All the videos have Pete explaining about the tracks and the rhythms he is playing, and gives great background stories on the songs as well.
Not many people know Pete Lockett is also an amazing drummer playing virtually everything he sets his mind to. Almost by accident, during a setup backstage in Germany, Pete started to play darbuka and double bass behind a kit that wasn't even his. Here you see Pete combining the goblet drum family Darbuka and playing a double bass pedal. Talking about independence!
Split Hand Technique
But there is more! He explains about the Split Hand Technique he is using. In the Commentary Version Pete explains how this works. Here's how he explains it in his lesson on 'Arabic Influenced Independence' on his website:
"The split hand technique on Darabouka involves hitting the drum alternately with the ring finger and first finger. It is a direct relative of similar techniques found in Indian percussion where the hands are sometimes divided into two striking units. It is one of the things that makes possible some of the incredibly fast rolls that you hear on Indian drums."