We Are – Karnivool


"We Are" is the lead single from progressive rock band Karnivool's third album, Asymmetry (2013).

The song features a cleverly composed floor tom and snare based groove, which can be quite disorienting. The two strong snare hits per bar can easily persuade the listener to feel the groove in a 3/4 meter, with the accented snare hits marking beats 2 and 3.

In fact, the song is entirely played in a 12/8 meter. The hand part comprises a nearly unbroken flow of eighth notes, played over the primary pulse (expressed with the bass drum and hi-hat-with-foot together).

In order to help you learn the groove efficiently and correctly, the pattern has been broken down into several simple steps.

Step 1: cycle the syncopated accent pattern below using alternating sticking.




Step 2: add strong accents where marked. Also, skip the note at the mid-point of the measure.



Step 3: move the right stick to the floor tom. This creates a 6-over-4 pulse between the floor tom and the feet part (see first image and player).

Note: make sure to play all non-accented notes relatively softly, at mezzo piano.

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Check out Steve Judd’s powerhouse performance in the clip below.