Creating Drum Chants 2

A drum chant is a pattern or short patterns that make up a long pattern. This second lesson on building drum chants encourages more insights involving the art of phrasing. The chant is basically known in the Western world as a “drum beat” or “beat”. Simple chants are demonstrated at moderate tempos in 4/4 and 5/4. It’s always a well rounded measure to practice everything in duple and triple time. I encourage thinking not only inside the box, but outside as well as around and even further out.

Bassist Kevin Walker Talks Drums

kevinwalkerI had the pleasure of working with bassist Kevin Walker and the chance to have Kevin speak about his career alongside many drummers. Kevin has toured and recorded with Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Prince, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Chuck Brown and many others. Kevin tells us what he experienced musically with some of his well known professional drummer colleagues. Also in this interview are clips of Kevin performing alongside up and coming keyboardist Holger Marjamaa.

Doubles 1

Developing clean even doubles are demonstrated at slow, moderate and fast tempos. This is played in duple and triple feel. This allows you to look at doubles from two perspectives. It also gives you greater control and leverage commanding everything in duple and triple feel. I begin with a warm up I typically use that employs doubles. This helps loosen the wrists before performing which also gives me greater control and longevity in the long run. I recently attached the PDF file “Doubles 2” to this lesson months after the original post because I repeated this lesson again in Doubles 2. Basically Doubles 1 and Doubles 2 are the same lesson but from different perspectives and approaches.

Singles 1

When approaching singles, the main thing to focus on is relaxing. Concentrate on directing relaxed energy to the wrists. Avoid built up tension in the upper body. Once mind and body are relaxed, there is more energy to focus on the singles. This lesson demonstrates singles in duple and triple starting at 100 bpm. The key is to work at things that are difficult such as faster singles. Beginning at a slower moderate speed using simple exercises and then building up to faster tempos are demonstrated. This lesson is not edited so you will see a little production chatter.