This page is an update of something I wrote in the wilds of 2013— a page of bass drum variations for a funk-feel Afro-Cuban 12/8, with a backbeat on 3. I had a student play that page, and I realized I didn't like the last few lines of bass drum rhythms. I tried to get too cute. This page has six lines of performance patterns, and a few optional technical exercises:
Play the unaccented snare notes very softly. Play each pattern many times, and be able to play the entire page without stopping. Approximate tempo goal should be about here— Ndugu Leon Chancler plays drums on that record. You'll also want to listen to Steve Gadd playing this type of groove.
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