Monday, February 05, 2018

Page o' coordination: SBSB - 01

This is an emerging twist on our old Page o' coordination formula: practicing various cymbal rhythms along with a repeating SD/BD coordination pattern. I've found that this opens up some creative possibilities; I'm a very ride cymbal-centric player, and practicing this way moves the time feel to the snare and bass, opening up a slightly different attitude towards the cymbal. It's a fairly subtle thing— your mileage may vary.

Once you can play the entire page, do the same left hand moves we always do. This page is a good candidate for the Stick Control-derived moves, as well. As always, the point is to make a reasonable-length practice session out of it— 15-25 minutes. This is an incremental-change page for people who have a lot of stuff together; and exactly the kind of thing you should not sweat too badly if you're an intermediate player just getting your basic vocabulary together. 

I practice the 3/4 exercises in 4/4— four measures of 3/4 = three measures of 4/4, right? Doing that with a sampled loop will be more useful than just making a counting exercise out of it, though you need to be able to count through it, too.

It should be easy enough to move the hihat to the &s without having to see it on written on the page. You could also put it on 2 and 4 only, or on the 2 and 3 in the 3/4 exercises. Put it initially wherever it's most comfortable for you, then do it another way.

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