Exploring Afro-Cuban 6/8 Vocabulary Using Ted Reed’s Syncopation

Some of the main rhythms in West Africa are based on 6/8 feels and the essential concept of clave. The application of Afro-Cuban 6/8 on drumset opened the way for new rhythms and ideas, involving coordination, independence, and polyrhythms. With this article divided into two parts, I introduce a lesson to develop your coordination and … More Exploring Afro-Cuban 6/8 Vocabulary Using Ted Reed’s Syncopation

Groove Displacement – Polyrhythmic Independence 4 over 3

Things are not as harder as we think if faced with the right approach. Polyrhythms can drive you to new rhythmic destinations, increase your knowledge, improve your timing, your independence, and inspire you with new ideas. In this lesson I introduce a series of exercises to “displace” the bass drum-snare pattern, a rhythmic solution played … More Groove Displacement – Polyrhythmic Independence 4 over 3

Afro-Cuban 6/8 Funk Application: Accent Displacement

The applications of the Afro-Cuban 6/8 feel are endless, inspiring to play new grooves. Today I’ll talk about the application of this rhythm in a funk/fusion style: adding the snare drum backbeat, ghost notes, and the dotted eight-note bass drum pattern. The 6/8 cowbell rhythm will be played on the hi-hat, as shown in the … More Afro-Cuban 6/8 Funk Application: Accent Displacement

Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part 2

Last month I talked about paradiddle application using the book “Stick Control”, in particular the exercises 5 to 8 of page 5. Here’s a summary of all the things discussed in the previous article. The grooves are played with the hi-hat on the downbeat. Here below the variation of the first groove (exercise 5) playing … More Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part Two

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