Thursday, September 26, 2013

Page o' coordination: 6/8 clave in the right hand

Hey, we haven't had a page o' coordination in awhile. I've been spending a lot of time with the Afro-Cuban stuff lately, via our page of Mozambique, the 6/8 page from last year, and with Ed Uribe's massive book; and I don't know why, but the POC format doesn't seem real necessary for the Latin styles. But here's one: 6/8 Rumba clave in the right hand, with a bombo-style bass drum part. 

The parenthesis on the bass drum note indicate that it is optional— run the exercises with that note, and without it. I don't put left hand accents in any of these “pages o'”, but when I practice them I do add them to varying degrees, based on what feels and sounds good. Also on the the Latin feel pages especially, I'll feel free to make rim shots out of some of them, and to generally vary the sound I'm getting out of the drums.

Don't forget to do the tom moves— they're good not just for helping you get around the drums, but for making you play enough repetitions to really learn the patterns.

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