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EXPANDING RHYTHMS 1

   

In this lesson we will look at the very useful skill of being able to read simple rhythms, whilst playing complex versions of them. Not only is this great for your technique, but it's often the case when reading drum charts that you need to play complex versions of the rhythms that are written. Composers and arrangers often make the assumption that you'll know what to play, by simply writing "fill" or "solo" (instead of actually writing out in full the fill or solo), so it's important that you arm yourself with a vocabulary of ideas to draw on.

This lesson shows you exactly how to do that in a swing context. Here we are going to look at 5 different ways to play the following 1 bar rhythm, each more complex than the last. Here is our basic rhythm..

As written above, it has a straight 8th feel. The first thing to do is to be able to read straight 8th note rhythms but play them swung; that would then make the exercise..

From here, in order to start exploring more complex versions of the rhythm, let's add in all the missing triplets as non accents. This will then give us a nice continuous triplet/swung feel..

From here, double up with double strokes, all the non accented strokes. Make sure the non accents are played at tap stroke..

Next, let's look at orchestrating this pattern around the drumkit, to turn it into more of a drumkit fill. Start by putting all the RH notes on the floor tom and the LH notes on the first tom..

Finally you could also put the RH note accents on a cymbal with bass drum, whilst keeping the LH notes on snare..

 

 

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