August 2011

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop

Relative Tempo: Click-Shifting Exercises to Improve Your Sense of Time

by Steve Fidyk

This article discusses ways to improve your sense of timing by shifting a quarter-note click to each 8th-note-triplet or 16th-note subdivision.

Here’s an mp3 demonstrating the exercise in triplet form.

[audio:https://www.moderndrummer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Triplet-Subdivision-Click-S.mp3|titles=Triplet Subdivision]

Here’s an mp3 demonstrating the exercise in 16th-note form.

[audio:https://www.moderndrummer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Duple-Subdivision-Click-Shi.mp3|titles=16th-note Subdivision]

For transcriptions and additional insight into these exercises, check out the complete article on page 70 of the August 2011 issue of Modern Drummer.