Sunday, August 09, 2020

Afro 6 warm up patterns

This is how I operate, after about ten years of writing the really hard stuff, I get around to giving people the easy way in. These are some preparatory exercises for playing an Afro 6 feel, that will help you get the major coordination, the timing of the cymbal rhythm, with everything in its right place. Or you could just learn the beat the way I did— learn one pattern, then screw around with it a lot, and play a lot of music, then 25 years later write a bunch of ways to work on it.

The foot pattern here is the same one used in the Freddie Waits groove we covered the other day, you could do that page after learning this one.

Count in 2. Use exercise 3 if you have any problem with the timing of exercise 2— those two should sound identical. Learn the patterns as a sticking, but put your focus on the right hand, and on how it relates to the rhythm played with the feet. Use the optional foot patterns if you want. Better to just give this thing a quick once over and then get into the real stuff on the Freddie Waits page.

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Anonymous said...

Stupid question - when you say play in 2, do you mean 2/4 ?

Todd Bishop said...

Not a stupid question-- like 2/4, but not 2/4. In 6/8 the dotted quarter note gets the beat-- which gives us two counted beats per measure.

Essentially, 6/8 time = 2/[dotted quarter note].

But there's no easy way to write that in the usual #/# format, which is why they write it as 6/8. See my post Here's the deal with 6/8 time.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Todd, that all makes sense, although its still something I need to brush up on - so I might just have to contact to arrange some lessons at some point.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, just quickly, another question......

When its written out in 2/4, do you use triplets ?

Todd Bishop said...

No problem-- yes, the same thing written in 2/4 would need to be marked as triplets. You could convert all of these exercises to 2/4 adding a 3 above each beat of 8th notes, and whiting out the dots after the quarter notes-- so they're just regular quarter notes. And write in 2/4 as the time signature.

I'm happy to help out with lessons any time-- learning all of these fine points goes a lot faster with a teacher.