Rock & Jazz Clinic: Funky Threes

Funky Threes

Breaking the Mold With Broken Stickings

by Jeff Salem

In this article, we’re going to look at a very simple three-note sticking pattern (LLR) and apply it on the drumkit in a way that you may not have thought of before—with the double strokes voiced between the hi-hat and snare. It’ll take a bit of time to get the orchestration under control, but it will be worth the effort. I’ve found that, when used judiciously, this concept can be a great way to add a little spicy sauce to your grooves.

Here’s a video demostrating a few of the examples included in the article.

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Be sure to check out the complete article in the August 2012 issue of Modern Drummer for additional exercises and insight.