Matt Byrne: Slamming Syncopations

This month, we’re going to throw four over five. What do I mean by that? Simple. Here are some variations on pretty cool patterns that I’ve been messing around with between the kick and snare. They have a feel similar to the paradiddle and play out in the odd time of 5. Start off executing each pattern slowly and smoothly. Once your feet are playing comfortably, throw a straight four pattern on the bell of your ride cymbal. It’s a brainteaser at first, but it creates an awesome feel when you get it going.