Jim Donovan: Guinean GroovingBy Jim Donovan Originally Published in DRUM! Magazine's April 2007 Issue
Jim Donovan is a current and founding member of the multiplatinum band Rusted Root. He has released three solo CDs as well as four instructional drumming CDs. jimdonovanmusic.com
Exs. 1–6 are drum-set adaptations of common bell patterns found in traditional Guinean music. These rhythms sound best on the kit when you create two-bar, four-bar, and eventually eight-bar phrases. Learn each measure slowly with a metronome, and then begin combining the patterns to create different grooves. And for some sonic variation, turn your snares off and substitute a tom for the hi-hat and ride patterns. Good luck!