I grew up in front of a turntable and listened to James Brown in the 70’s and 80’s. Cylde Stubblefield and John Jabo Starks propelled James Brown’s music to unparalleled influence in music history. It is accurate and honorable to say this lesson is inspired by Stubblefield and Starks. Duple Chant in 5 #3 takes shape demonstrated in slow, medium, fast and high velocity tempos. It is important to vocalize the chant with the click track while playing and not under your breath, but loudly. This increases memory necessary to playing the form at all times especially while improvising. Vocalizing is how most successful rehearsals happen backstage by the way! As with most chants, you can break the chant up into two parts. 1) Kick and snare. 2) Pedaled hat and ride. Notice the dynamics from low stick volume control to moderate during the performance.
Simple in nature and complex in reality. The kick lands on the downbeat one time in measure one on the first beat. The hat comes in on beat two in the first measure. The ride cymbal creates a layer of off beats. The snare is always on beats two and three of every measure as in a waltz. Playing this in repetition requires consistent mental focus. The slightest drifting thought can throw any limb off especially the ride cymbal. This is the ultimate chant that builds synchronicity.
Performing in 3 is amongst my favorite of meters. The chant is simple in nature. Notice how the kick drum only strikes the down beat in the first measure. The kick pattern plays on the “and” of every other beat. This creates an illusion that does not sound like a three beat phrase. The tempo from slow to moderate changes the musical atmosphere because the faster the tempo, the more the chant sounds unlike 3.
Double bass drum technique is a combination of thigh and ankle muscle movements that I recommend playing heel up. The chart for this lesson looks insane but is easy to understand when looking at the bass drums as broken triplets. The first note of every triplet is held in place by the snare drum as a ghost note and the second and third notes are played on the bass drum every time. This can be played in any time signature in duple and triple. This triplet figure played between the snare and kick creates a flurry of notes that are played in fixed frame. When hearing this lesson as a duple chant in 13, placement of triplets are easier to grasp. Tempo variations become smoother with repetition.