Friday, May 28, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Awhile back we applied flams to Stick Control. This is a similar concept that applys double strokes. The basic system is below, with all the 16th notes played as double strokes:
Thursday, May 20, 2021
I first heard it in 2007 when I went to Brazil and picked up the first album by de Holanda's now famous quintet. The album is called Brasilianos, and the groove came up in the song "Pra Sempre". It only appears for a few bars at a time at the end of the first A section. You'll find it in the melody at 0:16 and 0:58, and many more times throughout the solos and out head. Marcio Bahia is on drums.
Which just so happens to be exactly what is being played in the examples above. "Tamanduá" adds an additional layer of disorientation by starting on a pick up note, like so:
Edu Ribeiro has played this groove a few times as well, putting his own subtle spin on it. The first was in 2011 when, Jota P., a sax/flute player from Hermeto Pascoal's band released a self-titled solo album. The track "Que Fase!" features the groove.
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.