Exploring Grooves In 7

Hiya… here’s another Periscope broadcast with some elaboration. Hope you’re enjoying this little experiment…

Short version: grooves in 7 in various musical styles have some things in common that I focus on when I play. 

– subdividing into groups of 2’s and 3’s

– singing the sound of the pulsations once the counting is mastered

– playing from the bottom up, feet first, but driving the underlying pulse with hi-hat or ride cymbal

Core stuff, the essence of making the grooves work. The real key is to make the transitions from the 2 and 3 sub groupings as seamless as possible. If you practice playing jazz, funk, Latin, whatever in 3, you’ll perfect that transition nicely.

So give it a look and listen, and I hope as always that you can grab something useful. Enjoy!

https://www.periscope.tv/w/a59KkDFEWUtYSm1xeFJFZ0x8MWt2SnBuV3lnRVhLRdoV6Xz0PTCQb_nj1VcPhQtuJdFeXIk3bZofQfrtqMe6

Published by David Aldridge

I'm a jazz drummer, author of The Elements of Rhythm Vols. I & II, and drum teacher, based in Austin, Texas. My music interests include odd meters, polyrhythms, and music cognition studies. I've recorded with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and I am a former features writer for DRUM! magazine. Follow me on: twitter @daldridgedrums facebook davidaldridgedrums myspace davidaldridgedrums www.theElementsofRhythm.com Contact me at: davidaldridgedrums@yahoo.com

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