This chant is a triple feel version of Duple Chant in 7 #2. It begins on the pedaled hat alternating with the ride. Although it sounds very simple, the thing to keep in mind is once you become solid playing it, you’ll notice how challenging it is to come back on the top of the chant when improvising inside the shape. I strongly recommend mastering the feel of this without improvising. Then you’ll have to practice improvising and coming back into the chant at the top. As stated in the previous lesson, Western drumming emphasizes returning to the top landing on the kick and cymbals. That is not the case here. You have to get used to coming out of improvising landing with the pedaled hat and snare.
The top begins with the pedaled hat and snare creating a backwards-like approach. Western music usually begins with a kick and cymbal whether hi hat, ride or crash. I chose to begin with the snare and pedaled hat not only for the unusual factors. Beginning on the snare uses the part of the drum kit that is commonly the answer to the call. The pedaled hat and ride are constant which ties the whole together. Both the hat and ride fall on each beat. This chant gives the typical Western drummer the ability to literally turn everything around culturally while applying strict control of the chant’s shape.
This is the triple feel version of Duple Chant in 7 #1. In essence, it is the same chant as Duple Chant in 7 #1 felt with triplets. Technically it is different because of the feel and notation. Demonstrated at 72 BPM you get the relaxed feel to hear where every note drops. I believe performing this chant will help you understand all long odd meter phrasing with a faster ear. In other words, when you are in musical situations where you are given music at the last minute that is unusually triple feel odd meter, you will approach it faster by having repetitious practices of this chant and others similar.
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.