Thursday, February 06, 2020

Hemiola funk series: easy grooves in 4/4

A page of easy beats based on the hemiola funk thing, that I wrote for my students. I'm trying to stay close to the original basic licks, while changing them slightly to fit them into a normal rock or funk context. I have two major goals with this project: to understand how the 3:2 polyrhythm influences normal drumming voculary, and to develop a drumming method based on it. I also want my students to have a healthy undertanding of that polyrhythm— I see it as a sort of clave.

We initially learn the basic hemiola funk patterns repeating in 3/8 or 3/4, and it's easy to fall back into those meters without thinking, so putting the pattern in 4/4 requires some awareness to not get lost. Internalizing the combined rhythm for each groove helps with that— do that by counting it out loud before you play. 1e&a-2&-3e&-4& for number 9, for example.

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