FROM DRUM! MAGAZINE’S MARCH 2018 ISSUE | BY MUSICIANS INSTITUTE DRUM PROGRAM FACULTY

DAY 7 – SIXTEENTH-NOTE MODULATIONS AND ILLUSIONS

Lesson by Tim McIntyre

Today’s lesson begins with a figure introduced in Day 6 (Ex. 1): a grouping of three sixteenth-notes played with a RLL sticking. Ex. 2 moves this pattern onto the drum set. Playing this figure in succession in 4/4 creates the illusion of a new time feel.

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However, before proceeding over the bar line, first try Ex. 3, playing this pattern within a four-bar phrase to make sure that the note placement is precise. Ex. 4 expands the three-note figure over bars three and four of the four-bar phrase. Lead into the pattern with one beat of hand-to-hand sixteenth-notes and lead out of the pattern with the written figure on beat 4 in bar 4.

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You can now use this pattern to modulate from a funk feel to a shuffle feel at a new tempo, as seen in Ex. 5. Three sixteenth-notes equal one dotted eighth-note; therefore, the dotted eighth-note is now equal to one quarter-note. The RLL pattern now bridges the gap between the funk feel at 90 bpm and the new shuffle feel at 120 bpm.

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PRACTICE TIPS:

Make it linear. Change the sticking from RLL to FRL for linear applications between three playing surfaces. Add eighth-notes with your hi-hat foot under the sixteenth-note pattern.

 

 

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