I’ve explored some whacky time signatures in past columns, but this month I’m going to take it back a notch with some beats in 6/4. Although it is considered an odd time, 6/4 doesn’t really feel that off-kilter when you’re playing it. Exs. 1—8 are executed easily enough to help you feel the beginning of each measure and not get lost. Each rhythm is also written out with an eighth-note and a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern. If you have trouble feeling the subdivisions in the eighth-note beats, play the sixteenth-note rhythms to get your timing straight. As always, start slowly until you establish a steady and comfortable flow. And be sure to plug in your metronome.
Matt Byrne bashes for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal/hardcore band Hatebreed. In his spare time he is working on his special ed./elementary ed. teaching degree. http://www.myspace.com/mattbyrnedrummer