Four-way co­or­di­na­tion

A way of free­ing your hands to ex­plore other av­enues of play­ing

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - Siemy Di Drum­merand­e­d­u­ca­tor Siemy­has­worked­with RoyAy­ers,DavidBowie andJim­mySomerville

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!

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