groove dis­place­ment pt 2

Shift­ing your groove in time

Rhythm - - VIDEO & AUDIO DRUM LESSONS - Erik Stams www.erik­stams.co.uk

This month we will con­tinue to ex­plore the con­cept of groove

dis­place­ment by shift­ing an en­tire bar of groove by a sin­gle eighth note. At first glance, this lesson may bear a re­mark­able re­sem­blance to last month’s lesson, with one small, but very im­por­tant dif­fer­ence – the con­tin­u­ous, ac­cented quar­ter-note pulse.

In the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples, the hi-hat pat­tern em­pha­sises the quar­ter-note pulse, re­gard­less of where the bass drum and snare hits falls. Main­tain a driv­ing ac­cented hi-hat pat­tern through­out. Ex­am­ple 1a shows a sim­ple back­beat groove. The video in­cludes stepped quar­ter notes on the hi-hat for ref­er­ence pur­poses only. Ex­am­ple 1b shows the en­tire groove be­ing dis­placed by an eighth note. Count out loud when prac­tis­ing in or­der to en­sure that you know ex­actly where you are in the mu­sic at all times. Play each ex­er­cise in­di­vid­u­ally, and then try play­ing four bars of each pat­tern (A&B) in a loop while main­tain­ing steady time. The video shows a two-bar loop. Ex­am­ples 2, 3 and 4 in­cor­po­rate vari­a­tions on the bass drum. This con­cept can be ex­plored us­ing any groove that comes to mind.

The ac­cented quar­ter notes will help pro­vide rhyth­mic con­ti­nu­ity, but the ap­pli­ca­tion of this de­vice can be rhyth­mi­cally dis­rup­tive and ought to be used spar­ingly. Fel­low band mem­bers and dancers may think you have made a mis­take if you are not ab­so­lutely con­fi­dent in your sense of time. The ac­cented quar­ter notes will help pro­vide rhyth­mic con­ti­nu­ity. Try prac­tis­ing these con­cepts with a bass player or rhythm sec­tion in or­der to fully un­der­stand how they work in a mu­si­cal con­text..

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