Boost your technique with these modern genre fusions
This month is all about encompassing a rock feel within a dance/electro context. Of course, this doesn’t have to mean four-to-the-floor pale imitations of a rave groove! This crossover genre is broad nowadays, and although some might say it has a funky feel, there is more uniformity to it than free-styling funk..
Example 1 features a four-bar groove that holds steady quarter notes on the ride bell with the first backbeat displaced to the ‘2-&’. The real twist here though is the left hand doubles played on the hi-hat that are sneaked in at the end of bar one, and that crossover into bar two. Example 2 is more disciplined with a half-time groove that is steadied with 16th-note hi-hats. This example is finished with a hi-hat/snare combo crossover fill. Example 3 continues the half-time feel with an explosive groove that ‘swish-swashes’ between the crash and china. The dotted kick-drum pattern is complemented with the left hand that ghosts in between and this provides an almost subliminal amount of technique that can easily go unnoticed in such a solid groove. This is the key to getting this right: using technique in a classy way rather than abusing it with relentless showboating!