1 General_Lee 5 years ago NOT! (Inspired by Mike Carr's drummer thread...) Alrighty then. Here's a question with no wrong (or right) answers. In fact the term seems almost to defy description. Not unlike the way in which the concept of "being in love" would be difficult to describe to the non initiated. Yet, if this is so, then how do we teach the "truth" of real groove to students or young up and coming players? Or to another reasonably well seasoned band member for that matter? How do we explain its elements? Define its presence? Do we just sit around and wait for it to happen? And how do we know when it does? Oh yeah, we just "know". Right? Well, maybe.I'm of a mind that "anything" can be learned. But this concept kind of makes me wonder if "anything" can actually be taught. Okay, "pocket is where the bass and kick drum in the band lock together with perfect timing (another nebulous concept) and authority", you might say. And you'd be close. Others might offer a statement such as "it's when everyone, including the audience, is feeling the groove". Still, these descriptions are at best, emotional and rather irrational responses. They don't really give the querant, be they beginner or vet, much to go on. We're still left grasping. And what of the solo artist? How does he "play in the pocket"? And if there is no one else there to play in the pocket with, does he - er - play with himself?Now, I know that most of you here "know it when you hear it". And I'll admit that yes, perhaps that is enough. In fact it may be only sane response. But that is not the question is it? No, today's challenge is this: How would YOU describe the concept of "playing in the pocket" to another musician, an interested fan, or even to yourself? If ever there was a great place for those expert opinions this has got to be it! Takers anyone?