BY STEWART JEAN, ANA BARREIRO, AND JEFF BOWDERS | FROM THE FALL 2019 ISSUE OF DRUM!
As with many styles of music, “New Orleans” cannot be easily defined with a single song or artist. New Orleans drumming starts as parade marches and travels through, blues, funk, Dixieland, jazz, Latin—you name it. Like any good gumbo, this mixture does have one thing that applies to all subgenres associated with it: spice. We musicians call this particular spice the 3:2 clave, which originated in Africa and made its way to the US after landing in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and South America. To be well-versed in New Orleans music means having a handle on the 3:2 clave bass drum pattern. In this exercise we take the three main ride patterns and expand them to incorporating upbeats on the ride bell.
- Note that the snare drum only lands on beat 4
- Play all patterns between 80–100 bpm