Dennis Gruenling – Rocker
Dennis Gruenling – Crazy Legs
In the two videos above, Dennis Gruenling shows you what it looks like when your entire body is a metronome. Not a standard tick-tock metronome, but a living, breathing, rhythm machine that puts down a groove.
Notice how he shifts his weight from left to right. One leg pumps a couple beats, then the other. The overall movement is a wave that goes back and forth.
Of course, he breaks it up as the spirit moves him. but the thing that I get out of this is that he is activating his whole brain, mind, body by the way he moves.
Stay with me here – if you are familiar with the left brain – right brain concept, then you know that the two sides of our brains experience time in different ways.
The left brain is linear, one step after another, in a line. To the right brain it is always NOW. The eternal now, no past, no future. NOW is the time and THIS is the place.
Modern brain research has proven that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. There is also a part of the brain that controls “cross talk” or the two sides of the brain working together. You can move your body in ways that makes your brain do a lot more cross talk. When you move in a way that makes you coordinate muscles back and forth, you get both sides of your brain working together,
This is what Dennis is doing when he plays.
You can improve your rhythm by training your body to shift weight from the left to the right, back and forth, in time with a metronome or a great drummer. Then you get the here and now as well as the one TWO three FOUR….
I know for a fact that Dennis has worked with metronomes and spent a lot of time practicing rhythm. It shows!
Check yourself – do you tap one foot most of the time? Do you sit when you play with most of your body planted, not moving? What happens when you stand up and start swaying, shifting your weight from one side to the other, in time with a beat? How does that feel?
Bicameral means having two branches or chambers. When you bring these two branches together, you get the best of both. You can train yourself to swing like crazy. It will make your music come alive on a whole new level….