Converting Those Old Rhythms, Part II
by David Garibaldi
One excellent way to aid in this development is to write your specific idea or pattern on paper so you can how the limbs work together. Writing the patterns on paper will give you a visual representation of your ideas. (Reading is a must). After a few of these sessions, you’ll have the makings of a catalog of ideas and concepts that will be of real value to you in the future as you develop stylistically.
To further illustrate this conversion process, I’ve chosen two rhythms: ( 1 ) A 4/4 pattern from MD May/June 1979—”Theme and Variations.” (2) An 11/8 pattern that I developed during a brief stint with Kitty Hawk.
Convert this to 24th notes.
Next is the 11/8 pattern. An expanded notation system is used for more clarity. I think of this as 5/4 plus 1/8.
Note: This note is sounded by the left foot only. Do not play w/right hand.
Follow the same conversion process:
Again, we recoordinate the left hand and add more left foot to produce the triplet feel:
All the right hand parts can be played on other sound sources: cowbells, “trashy” cymbals, cup chimes or any other bell-like percussion instruments. Remember to play all unaccented notes very softly—match the sound of the H.H. and S.D. on unaccented notes and all accented notes of equal force with respect to dynamic markings. (The dynamics used are at your discretion. Vary the dynamics to avoid “one-sidedness.” During your practice time utilize all the dynamic markings.)
Added thought to aid your study/practice time: the more of the 5 senses that you incorporate into the learning process, the more anchored in your mind the ideas become. All information in the physical realm comes to us via one or more of the 5 senses. In playing the drum set we use 3 of the 5 senses: (1) Seeing. (2) Hearing. (3) Touch. Think about it. See you next time.
Copyright 1981 John David Garibaldi.
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