Billy Martin: Five Is A Magic Number

Five Is A Magic Number

THE “A” SECTION in 4/4 implies the “cinquillo” (Spanish term after cinco, meaning five) pattern utilizing the leading hand (if you are right-handed, utilize your right hand). For this five-note pattern, the feet are “walking” with bass drum and hi-hat one after the other, always stepping in order. The second part implies groups of five-beat phrases over the walking feet. Notice the 5/4 bar always turns the feet around when you come back on the downbeat of the 4/4-bar pattern. Sounds complicated, but trust me, it’s really quite simple. The other hand can add ghost notes in the spaces or rest notes of both sections as an accompanying part. Have fun with the tension and release of each section.

Billy Martin Cinquillo
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