Cross Rhythms Using Stick Control

To develop the hi-hat on 2 and 4 during the 3/4 part, play the exercises as in the book, adding the hi-hat as follows

Ex. 15 Now we can begin to extend the phrase a little, using another very common figure

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... or

Ex. 16 Since the phrase ends with a 4/8 instead of a 2/8 idea, it will require a little different approach — simply continue what is called for at the end of the 3/8 pattern, like so

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Ex. 17 Here is how the complete phrase looks

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Ex. 18 With each of the phrases we have used so far, you can also invert them, putting the 2 or 4 at the beginning

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Ex. 19 In this case, you can continue the groove through the first part of the exercise measure

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Ex. 20 From here, you can extend the phrase to four or eight measures, and beyond

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Ex. 21 You can also experiment with moving the right hand (and then either hand) to the toms

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Ex. 22 As you increase the tempo, you can simplify the bass drum part by selectively eliminating doubles/multiples, like so. This is a good idea especially on the up-tempo jazz application

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I highly recommend creating your own phrases, voicings, and variations, as well as just improvising with the concept. After some dedicated practice, I think you’ll notice it coloring your playing in some unexpected ways.

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