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.
This week we focus on playing in two meters at once. A five beat chant is played on the ride cymbal over a drum chant in six. I break the full chant down by demonstrating both parts separately. The first beat of any chant is referred to as the “top” rather than commonly referring to it as “beat one”. This allows you to hear the phrase without counting focusing on the phrase’s feel and space. In this case of five over six, both parts meet on the 9th phrase in five and on the 6th phrase in six.