If you can imagine a James Brown pocket in 7, this is it. This is a very funky and simple way to play in 7 duple feel. Odd meter is often viewed and assumed as difficult to approach because of its oddness. However, when applying simple familiar phrases to any odd meter one can see how simple odd meter can be approached and performed. This chant was inspired by James Brown’s “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud”. Continuing this chant repetitively makes this approach to 7 duple feel easily understood.
I like to refer to this chant as semi Afro Cuban. Based off the triple clave, this chant has a swing feel. The hip thing is keeping the hats pedaling on beats 2 and 4. Although this chant is simple in nature, it is quite difficult to master. Once this becomes comfortable to play, try bringing in the cowbell using the 6/8 clave that is the same as the ride pattern in the PDF.
One of my top warm ups. I developed this during my Reggae Years in my youth. One afternoon I was doing a sound check with some musicians performing reggae music and I came up with this chant. Today I use this chant as one of my warm ups during sound checks. The basic chant enforces an intense solid pocket with the twist of triple feel snare ghost notes not written in the chart. This mimics the sound of slap back delay on hi hat and snare when ghost notes are played on the snare. Or it can be played exactly as written on the chart without ghost notes for independence.
We begin this chant at a relaxed tempo of 84 BPM. You can look at this like a string of 16th notes for the length of two measures. Each note is assigned to a specific place on the kit. Something is going on every beat and every half beat. Ghost snare notes are written into this chant. This is a great chant exercise for independence. This is also a great chant for dynamic control when played at 120 BPM or higher at a low volume of a whisper which forces you to focus on stick control, body position, and relaxing your wrists.