Jim Donovan: Guinean Grooving

By 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

DRUM! Notation Guide

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!