A way of freeing your hands to explore other avenues of playing
The following four examples present a way of approaching four-way coordination utilising the ‘kick-snare’ and exploring wellknown grooves and patterns as a 9-beat cycle, funk and Middle Eastern grooves and the Partido Alto. As I play those rhythms, I turn them into feet ostinatos.
Within the four examples there are a number of exercises with the first one introducing the main pattern followed by exercises that build upon it and bring more variety in a ‘building block’ fashion.
The first example is the 9-beat cycle, which is a typical Carnatic (South Indian) pattern that I learnt from my guru Sri M Balachandar. The second example is a classic cowbell pattern that I heard on many funk tunes andI took the concept to the foot on the jam block. It takes a while to master it – patience is a must, as is keeping the spirit of the funk: the groove!
The Middle Eastern groove presented in the third example is called Maksum. I heard this traditional pattern repeatedly on my travels to the Middle East and North Africa – as a homage I attempt to capture the essence of this beautiful hand-percussion pattern.
The fourth rhythm, Partido Alto, is the pattern from the north of Brazil, Bahia, and it is part of the family ofSamba. It blends very well with a funk rhythm. Enjoy!