This is a slight change of feel from the previous chant Duple Chant in 9 #2 as it alters the complete perception here. The shape is basically the same as before however, the environment morphs into a swing. All chants can be performed and written in duple or triple feel. The understanding of where the notes fall and the ability to develop the natural shift from duple to triple is within the reach of a solid drummer. The same background music accompanying the drum chant is used specifically using the guitar to help shape the triple feel.
Weights refers to the specific turning points inside chants. Weights can also be looked at as accents or the overall “skeleton” as I like to call it. Here, the chant is subdivided in 9 by groups of 2/3/3/1 or 2/3/4. The chant neatly fits into the hat and bell-shifting pattern. The weights 2/3/3/1 or 2/3/4 completes the full cycle. The chant begins with a pedaled hat at the top alternating with the bell of the ride cymbal. The top of the chant comes around every two times. Notice how the characteristics change dramatically at only three tempos of 120, 200 and 250 BPM.
This chant is like looking at 3’s a different way. Three 3’s equal 9. For example 3 x 3 = 9. This is one of the basic ways of understanding this chant. Of course, counting all triplets spells out the 9, but dividing them in 3’s makes it less strenuous on the mind. Playing triplet chants longer than 6 takes two minds: the one that performs and the one that thinks. Yes, this takes repetition. I kept this chant as simple as possible so you can hear the long 9 phrase punctuated in certain areas for rhythmic division. You can also look at this chant as two parts. Looking at the PDF notice how the first part is from the top (beginning) and ends at the first 8th note snare in the second measure. The second half goes from there to the end. That’s another way of looking at this chant.
This chant is styled after what I call the James Brown Backbeat. There’s nothing technical about the word “Backbeat”. It’s just something I associate the snare drum phrase with. When performing this with the Play Along mp3, the music helps bring this style out. It’s limiting to instruct and demonstrate the odd meter of nine without music. As I always suggest, perform this chant at a slow tempo and eventually increase tempo as you feel comfortable through repetition.