Monday, August 13, 2012

Coordination with a dotted-quarter cymbal pattern - part 1

There's got to be a better title for that, but I don't know what it is. Frankly, I'm just lucky if I can get anything posted at all at this point. Here we're looking at developing dotted-quarter time within 3/4 and 4/4-- an extremely common thing in Elvin Jones's playing, among others-- starting with another challenging page of coordination in the tradition of my Elvin's Afro Waltz series of posts:

Learn them in 3/4, then apply them to the 4/4 phrase at the end of the page. It's probably a good idea to put a few measures of time in 3/4 or 4/4 in between exercises. As always, play these with the tom moves, while keeping track of the four-measure phrase. If necessary, you can simplify the ostinato by eliminating the bass drum on the & of beat 3.

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