We tribal up your grooves with tom layers
There’s something nice and earthy about a great tom groove. The thunder mixed in with a steady rhythm really taps into something primitive in our soul. For this issue, I have ‘tribaled up’ some regular grooves for your pleasure – the twist, however, is that the cymbal work remains in place as this is sometimes missed in a heavy tom groove.
Starting simply with Example 1, a 4/4 groove spanning over four bars has various mini tom rolls and hits played in between the regular quarter-note hi-hat pattern. The effect is something quite percussive and is overall really good for your dexterity and independence. Rhythm - 7 3
Example 2 is a much more up-tempo RhythmRhythm -- 22 77 33 affair – notice that the first two bars are without toms, so you can see the transformation. Bars 3 and 4 then introduce the toms played in between the kick and snare. This also inspires a dotted, quarternote ride pattern played alongside the toms, which will no doubt give your arms a solid workout. Example 3 has a slight dubstep feel to it due to the half-time tempo and dotted eighth-note tom accents, in between which an offbeat hi-hat is played.