Jazz Drummers Workshop
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This month we’ll take a look at playing triplets in groupings of four.
For four years I’d been studying intensely with Dom Famularo, who suddenly said during one of my lessons, “Steph, you’re now ready for Jim.”
As mentioned previously, combining funk rhythms into a swing style can be helpful for players looking for new accompaniment language.
We’ll take a seven-note pattern, split it into groupings of three-, two-, and two-note clusters, and play it between our limbs within a swing context.
Fusing rhythms from one style of music to another can help a player develop new ideas and fresh rhythmic approaches that might not have yet been previously explored.
Syncopated figures could be used within an underlying framework of 8th-note triplets.
The following two-part article has been designed to help you improve your ability to fill or solo using syncopated jazz figures amidst an underlying pulse of 8th-note triplets.