Monday, May 10, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
Because we'll still be playing three notes for every two beats, we can use all the same voicing options we did on the two inner triplet exercises. If we start on the beat, then there's really only one note different in the whole thing: the first non-ride cymbal note will be on the downbeat, rather than the second partial of the triplet.
I've written it out again, however, with both the two and three voice versions on one page because A) it's easier to visualize if you're new to this, and B) to emphasize the placement of these notes, as it's far too common that this:
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
In gathering some material to send over to him I was reminded of this excellent post by Canadian drummer, Jon McCaslin on his long-running "Four on the Floor" blog. The whole thing is definitely worth a read, but today I want to focus on one exercise in particular that Jon saw Elvin demonstrate at a clinic in the late '90s.
Saturday, May 01, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
...and then read page 38 of Syncopation with your right hand on the ride cymbal. As Allison points out, this really helps to free up your right hand and allow you to break away from common patterns.
This is the same general concept as the Kiko Freitas samba ideas we looked at recently where the feet and left hand play common samba rhythms and the right hand improvises in a telecoteco style. Both of these are a really nice way to break out of the habit of thinking about ostinatos in your right hand and improvising with the left.
If page 38 is going by to quickly for you, don't forget that pages 34-37 are great to give yourself a little more time and repetition to get used to this, or any, concept. I often do this myself and recommend it to my students as well.
As you get more comfortable, experiment with different sounds on the ride. Play the bell, shoulder it a bit, etc. Or, if you prefer a bit more structure in the practice room, try this....
Play everything on the bell. But whenever there are two or more 8th notes in a row, start on the bow, and only play the last note of the group on the bell. So the first two lines become this...