Make sure this swings. Eight notes are better interpreted in a triplet feel. An audio example may be to listen to Medeski Martin And Woods’ “The Lover” from Friday Afternoon In The Universe to hear what I'm talking about. But ultimately it doesn’t matter how much you swing it because the phrasing and play on counterpoint here makes it musical, challenging, and fun! Repeat Ex. 1 as many times as you need before moving on to Ex. 2., which is a six-bar phrase. But here, the ride cymbal pattern is a two-bar phrase repeating while the hi-hat foot pattern is a six-bar phrase.
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