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Don’t get tied in knots!
This month we’re looking at a Latin jazz type comp pattern that I’ve turned into an independence exercise, building from the ground up. I first heard this kind of idea at Ronnie Scott’s in about 1994: the drummer pretty much sat on this type of pattern for the whole gig and it’s something I’ve always used since then as a musical idea and as a building blocks exercise.
There’s no getting away from the fact that if you haven’t approached this type of material before then it’s hard. The reason for this is that it’s very syncopated, especially in the left hand, which is playing the off
beat 16th notes, and you won’t find it in typical styles of Western popular music. However, it’s developing this type of independence that can really free you up on an instrument like the drumset. The key is to take it really slowly, and remember: if you don’t understand the notation, watch the videos and if you get really stuck then ask your drum teacher or feel free to email me at the email address to the left. Enjoy, and we’ll come back to this idea and build on it in a few issues’ time.