Five Over Six

This week we focus on playing in two meters at once. A five beat chant is played on the ride cymbal over a drum chant in six. I break the full chant down by demonstrating both parts separately. The first beat of any chant is referred to as the “top” rather than commonly referring to it as “beat one”. This allows you to hear the phrase without counting focusing on the phrase’s feel and space. In this case of five over six, both parts meet on the 9th phrase in five and on the 6th phrase in six.

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