Keeping Time on the “&” – Part 2

Building on the skills we developed in Part 1, the independence will stay the same for Part 2—keep time with one hand on the “&” of the beat while the other plays a chart—but we will now be switching the roles of the hands every THREE beats within the 4/4 chart!

  1. Master the exercise as presented in Part 1
  2. Switch the time-keeping limb every three beats! It may help initially to draw in some barlines as was done in the example chart below. Don’t be overwhelmed by playing the entire
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    chart all at once. Break the chart into smaller phrases as needed.
  3. Too easy? Add a foot ostinato underneath! In the video, I play a 3:2 son clave with my left foot on the hi-hat and Lam-Block.
  4. Be sure to add changes in dynamics and experiment with orchestration around the kit!

Here’s a chart showing the first six measures as an example:

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Note that three measures of 4/4 = four measures of 3/4, so there are two “resolution points” in the example.

Good luck!

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