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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!

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.

Triple 5

This is an instrumental version of a tune I wrote called “Long Distance Memory”. The song demonstrates flowing from 6/8 to 3/4. It can be looked at a number of ways. I generally like to look at this tune as the A section (after the intro) in 3 and the B and C sections in 6. The guitar solo sections are in 6.