Monday, May 05, 2014

Page o' coordination: hihat splash in 5/4

Here's the disconcerting third dropped shoe in this recent spate of hihat splash pages o'..., now in 5/4, and I...

Wow, I think that may be the ugliest, most incomprehensible sentence I've ever written. I'm going to leave it. Don't write that way. Anyway, this page of stuff will help you anticipate the 1 when playing in 5, if using my previous methods haven't done the trick:

I play the hihat heel down, here, using a very small foot motion. It's not a bad idea to count out loud— 1-2-3-4-5, 2-2-3-4-5, up to 4 measures— while doing the tom moves, especially when the moves don't resolve back to the same drum every bar. If there are four notes in the move, like snare>high tom>snare>low tom, but only three left hand notes per measure, it will take four measures to come back to the beginning of the cycle, while creating a deceptive melodic cross rhythm. It's easy, at first, to lose the larger phrase if you don't count.
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