FROM DRUM! MAGAZINE’S MARCH 2018 ISSUE | BY MUSICIANS INSTITUTE DRUM PROGRAM FACULTY
Lesson by Jeff Bowders
Today’s lesson piggybacks on the previous lessons while introducing accents that fall on the first sixteenth-note of every five sixteenth-notes (Ex. 1). Be sure to count out loud while playing the accent pattern on the snare. Next, Ex. 2 uses the accent pattern in Ex. 1 to create a bass drum and snare drum sequence while adding eighth-notes on the ride cymbal. Ex. 3 matches the ride cymbal part to the bass drum and snare drum pattern.
The four-bar pattern in Ex. 4 is comprised of two bars of a standard eighth-note groove with the bass drum on beats 1 and 3, and snare backbeats on 2 and 4, followed by two bars of modulation, which are the same as measures three and four of Ex. 3.
In Ex. 5, the accents fall on the first and third sixteenth-notes of every five sixteenth-notes. Ex. 6–8 follow the same pattern of development of this accent pattern as Ex. 2–4 did for Ex. 1. However, take note that in Ex. 8, measures three and four are the same as measures one and two in Ex. 7.
Because this 5/16 modulation phrase takes five bars to resolve, try playing just one bar of straight time, followed by one bar of the modulation. Next, play two bars of straight time and then two bars of the modulation. Apply this same sequence for three-, four-, and five-bar phrases. This will gradually help you count and understand the 5/16 modulation more completely.