A New Perspective - Displacing Three-Over-Four Polyrhythms - Modern Drummer Magazine

A New Perspective – Displacing Three-Over-Four Polyrhythms

A three-over-four polyrhythm is comprised of sets of three equally spaced notes and four equally spaced notes that occupy the same timeframe. Typically both sides of the polyrhythm start together on the same note and utilize the same subdivision. If we look at a measure of 8th-note triplets in 4/4, we have a total of twelve notes that are divisible by both three and four. Quarter notes comprise the four side and will represent the pulse. The three side is created by playing every fourth triplet partial—one-trip-let, two-trip-let, three-trip-let, four-trip-let.

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July 2017 Issue