Apart from and more central to playing rhythms correctly - so they sound and feel good - Jaki the professed non-teacher advised drummers to "play what the stick wants." He also said: "You can't improve the drum." He believed there are purely physical elements that determine both the course of the improvised drum "composition" and how well it is being played. Due to the mass, the speed and how the drum behaves, there are movements that somehow function well - for the stick - and that a drummer shouldn't oppose the sticks' aims but follow them.
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