lessons

Cross Rhythms Using Stick Control

Ex. 7 Or you can play the beginning of the 3/8 portion

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Ex. 8 Or repeat the end of the 3/8 portion. In this case, we’ll do the RRL sixteenth-note triplet two more times

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Ex. 9 Or any other 3/8 idea of your choice, like a paradiddle-diddle or one of its inversions

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Ex. 10 Or any simple one-beat fill

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Ex. 11 Now let’s put this into a musical context by making a two-measure phrase. The first measure will be an improvised funk groove, and the second will be the exercise

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Ex. 12 You can also try three measures groove/one measure exercise, or two measures groove/two measures exercise.

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With a little reinterpretation, you can put this into an up-tempo (around quarter-note 240 bpm and above) jazz setting. First, you need to mentally convert the 3/8 exercises into 3/4 sixteenth-notes will become eighth-notes, and sixteenth-note triplets will become eighth-note triplets, and so on

Ex. 13 Then, plug it into the 3+3+2 phrase, as follows. Here we are playing alternating eighth-notes on the “2” portion. You can play the hi-hat on 2 and 4 as written, or just eliminate it during the meter-within-meter part. Note that at this tempo the eighth-notes will be roughly even, without the common triplet inflection. Playing the bass drum selectively is recommended here, especially at brighter tempos

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Ex. 14 It is, of course, permissible to do this at slower tempos while swinging the eighth-notes! As a musical matter, be careful about accenting too strongly on beat 1 as you loop back around; you may want to experiment with crashing on/emphasizing the & of 4 of the last measure instead.

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