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Club Chant

This chant is a disco beat in which every note is opposite each other when looking at it from the snare, kick and hi hat accent perspective. In this case I wrote two charts so you can see these two perspectives. The only time where the snare and kick land together are on beat 3 of measure 2. I developed this chant as a warm up to build clean synchronization.

Doubles 4

This chant was originally performed by drummer Gene Lake on alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill’s album Spirit Of Nuff…Nuff [released 1990 Black Saint]. The composition is titled “Hope A Hope A”. This chant was mostly inspired by Gene Lake’s style and approach. I always found his style to sound loose. The cymbal part alone gives this Hip Hop chant a loose overlay. The doubles on the bell are key to that looseness.

Drum Kit Triplets 1

Triplets are a large part of my rhythm vocabulary. There are many ways to perform triplets around the drum kit. 8th and 16th note triplets are first demonstrated on the kick drum. I prefer to begin on my left foot although my drum kit is set up right handed. For me, this feels more even than beginning with my right foot. This may or may not work for you. It does not matter which foot you start on as long as you are doing opposite footing per note. I suggest practicing the single footing method because in the future this will make complex chants easier to perform. The second example is a triplet phrase played on the toms emphasized by the kick and pedaled hi hat. Although the figure itself is simple in theory, the second beat of the kit triplet can be either the rack or floor tom. Both kit triplets are demonstrated along with accents used to create multiple dynamic effects out of the same figure. This kit triplet can also move to the crash cymbals and snare drum.

Tony Williams Lick

Drummer Tony Williams is probably my biggest influence. He played differently than most drummers of his time and his signature sound and style are unparalleled to this day. This particular lick is something I’ve seen and heard him do during his long career and I always wanted to learn this. So one day, I actually sat down at the drums and figured it out. You can first mentally hear this phrase as a system of triplets spread over the rack, floor and kick supported by hi hats on the “ands”. Written out, you can see the relationships as you can any chart.