VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Syncopation Revisited, Part 3: 5/4 Applications (From the August 2014 Issue)

by Steve Fidyk

We continue this month with more ways to interpret Ted Reed’s classic book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. This time we’ll be converting the written manuscript from its original 4/4 form to 5/4 time.

The  applications in the video can be used with any of the seventy-two repetitive one-measure examples from pages 29, 30, and 33–36, or from the thirty-two-measure rhythmic melodies from pages 37–44 (in the original printing).

Next time we’ll explore Afro-Cuban variations.