Category : Odd and Even Meter

The study of all odd and even meter in both duple and triple feel. The chants are first demonstrated with accompanying music. Afterward, the chants are played with various click speeds.

Duple Chant in 4 #2

The chant can be considered Latin influenced. The key here is to see how the kick drum always starts on the “e” of beat 1. Meaning “1 e and a” The cymbal pattern can be played on cowbell as well. This pattern is the general structure of which everything else plays off of. The downbeat is clear and consistent in the cymbal/cowbell pattern. The kick is on the “e” (or second 16th) of beats 1 and 3. The snare is on the “e” of beats 2 and 4. The bass guitar often accents the second 16th of beat 1.

Duple Chant in 4 #1

The most common duple feel of 4 can be felt and played in so many ways other than the most popular Westernized ways. You can look at this hi hat part as duple or in groups of 3. The kick beats are 3 beats long as well. The snare lays a long backbeat while landing on a long 2 and 4. Although this chant is identifiable when broken into individual limbs, the sum is quite unique. The best way to learn this chant is simply by hearing and feeling the hi hats against the kick and snare.

Elements Of One: Cuba, USA, Senegal, India, France 1995 – 1999

This movie documents the cultural connection of Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. This covers interactions, deep studies, interviews, performance clips, rehearsals and more under the direction of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman from 1995 – 1999. Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 1.18.31 AMThe journey extends from Egypt, Cuba, Senegal, India and France. As many artists explore the roots and history of creative culture, Elements of One is unparalleled as well as unprecedented.

Triple Chant in 5 #2

The snare/kick pattern loops for three measures with an extra kick in the last measure. The tricky thing is the ride cymbal which can also be played on cowbell. Then there are the pedaled hats beginning on beat 2. It pedals every other beat (2, 4, 1, 3, 5). Nothing lands together except the ride and snare on beat 5 in every measure. Five tempos are demonstrated: 100 BPM, 120 BPM, 140 BPM, 160 BPM, and 180 BPM. I highly recommend performing the chant at each click speed for at least 5 minutes per tempo.