creative counting pt 2
Further orchestration of triplet subdivisions
Hi everyone, and welcome to another Jazz Concepts article, and this month we’re going to look at another application of last month’s ‘creative counting’, involving moving eighth-note triplets through subdivisions of 2, 3, and 4. We are going to employ a technique of playing both hands on separate sound sources alternating with the bass drum. Example 1 shows the technique used on the snare drum and floor tom, in subdivisions of two and then three. This makes a nice little two-bar break in itself. Example 2 is the subdivisions of four, take care over the triplet phrasing here! This subdivision suggests a
Minim (half-note) triplet! Example 3 strings the three bars together, subdividing 2 then 3 then 4, with the hands split between the snare and the toms.
Your Practice Challenge is to play the right hand on the ride cymbal, keep the left-hand on the snare, and try and incorporate some swing to turn this into a three-bar break. If you want to make it into a four-bar phrase, try playing the second bar again at the end, ie: 2 3 4 3 (ABCB).