acm pro corner implied time & phonetics
Working through a two bar implied straight eighth-note groove
In my last article we worked through a four bar implied shuffle groove along with articulating the phonetics to help build core time, placement and togetherness. In this article we will continue to look at implied time grooves – in particular an implied straight eighth-note groove using eighth-note triplets. In Example 1 we focus on the hi-hat line, which is an eighth-note triplet flow: I’ve made the voicing clear above the phrasing 1TL, 2TL, 3TL, 4TL. The phonetics, or sound, of the phrasing is key to bedding in the hi-hat line and retaining the fluidity, as once we begin to add the snare and bass it’s imperative we have ownership of the top line phrasing. Use your voice to say the phrasing before playing – your voice will strengthen the application and fluidity. In Example 2 the snare is added, so rather than feeling the triplet continue to say the phrasing so you can really focus on ownership. In Example 3 the snare and bass are added, so once both these key elements are settled and due to their placement, the implied eighth-note phrasing becomes clear. Develop all of these exercises using a metronome first, but remember the metronome is not there to keep us in time; it’s to help us build our time.Once these examples are settled in, focus on playing them without the click; use your voice to say either the top line phonetics (hi-hat) or the quarter note flow throughout.
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