Breaking Out of the 4/4 Rut


This lesson explores a slick alternative to playing in 4/4. The grooves are designed to be very similar to 4/4, but because they're actually in 7/8, the last would-be 8th note is missing. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a great exercise to keep your drumming mind fresh.

A modified method of counting 7/8 is referenced in the first two grooves, and the remaining grooves show the suggested counting for the changes.



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Publisher of, Alfred Publishing author and veteran Drum! Magazine Groove Analysis video instructor, Nate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Adult Training and Development at the University of Findlay in Ohio.