I auditioned for a band the other day, this band has music that they wrote, BUT they had never wrote the material with Drums in mind. The band never had a drummer before.
This wasn't that much of an issue until it came to rehearsing their material... the timing was so odd and choppy it was quite hard for me to stay in time with them and them with me. They also seemed to not have much experience with timing a song with drums...
How can I introduce the theory of drumming and timing to the band without:
A: insulting their music playing and/or their Music Experience
B: confusing them too much with how to keep time with a drummer (ie what timing signatures they play in comparison to the timing signatures I stick with)
Also how can I train their ear so that we can write in better harmony in the future?
I managed to figure out what timings they were playing but it ranged from 4/4 to 7/4 to 10/4 and back again... as a drummer I am used to 4/4 and 7/4 but 10/4? that is an unnecessary leap if not and a tad out of my experience range I would like to build up to that but am not sure how...