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Triple Chant in 3 #1

This is the triple version of Duple Chant in 3 #1. This chant has a swing triplet feel. Written in two measures, it’s a simple yet serious pocket. Driven by the hats on every beat, the real meat of this chant is in the repeating snare and kick drum over and over. I highly recommend grooving on this chant up to 20 minutes with a metronome set at 110 bpm. This is one of the most basic approaches to developing a relaxed pocket in the unusual feel of a triple 3.

Duple Chant in 3 #1

This chant revisits the previous Rock Chant in 3 with more detail. The hats are on all three beats. The bass drum pattern repeats the dotted eighth note tied to the sixteenth figure and adds a pickup sixteenth note at the very end of the chant in measure 4 which lands on the “a” of 3. The snare holds a constant stroke on the “and” of beat 2. This is one of my fundamental warm up chants as well.

Triplet 6

I always try to find an excuse to write music within the triplet feel. Some people call it a six or twelve. I like to refer to it as the triplet feel because that’s the basis for the general rhythms everywhere in this particular style of music. I performed all the backing tracks that are just bass and guitar. It’s good to be familiar with another musician’s playing that is relaxed and not pushing or dragging. I have the luxury of demonstrating this repeatedly and I hope it serves the purpose of everything sounding relaxed.

Rock Chant in 3 #1

This is an unusual rock chant in ¾. We break down the chant from a simple perspective by keeping the hats on all three beats. The kick lands on the first beat of the first measure and third measures. The snare lands on the first beat of the second and fourth measures. This creates the old school 50’s rock style. From there on the kick and snare are shifted and voila!