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This lesson extends last week's lesson called Exploring The & Ah.
This lesson explores adding a syncopated crash on the "&" of beat 4.
Learn six drum fills based on the same rhythmic pattern. The re-orchestration technique allows you to create many drum fills with different flavors.
This lesson explores four drum fill ideas that feature the crash and bass to accent the Es.
This syncopated groove plays the bass drum along with all of the sixteenth notes on the hi-hat. Be sure to play all of the hi-hat strokes with your right stick (or left with a left-handed setup).
To a lot of drummers, syncopated notation (and playing the notation, for that matter) seems to be an alien concept. However, taking a step back to examine a few of the most common syncopated patterns can ease our syncopated woes. They're not as difficult to read as they may appear at first glance.
This groove uses a funky, syncopated sixteenth note ostinato on the hi-hat.
We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.
This two-measure groove is heard throughout the verse sections of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" – a fan favourite from the band's debut album "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd" (1973).
This tribal groove appears in the second chorus of Hold Back the River (1:30). The right-hand rides in eighth notes on the floor tom – the left-hand plays the snare on beat 2, the 'and-of-3' and the high tom on the 'and-of-4'. Drummer, Gerry Morgan plays plenty of variations of this core rhythm throughout the song.
This beat is heard throughout the second verse (0:57), then again in the third verse – embellished with crash cymbals and fills (3:22). Notice how the syncopation in beat 4 perfectly matches the guitar riff. This is a great groove for developing your ghost notes and displaced back beat skills.
In this lesson, learn a cool drum beat that uses syncopated hi-hat, snare and bass drum strokes.
Our 10th Friday Drum Fill Lesson focuses on the standard syncopated sixteenth note drum fill.
Keeping in-line with this week's Wednesday Pad Exercise, this fill pattern is syncopated.
Our 5th The Pad Exercise concentrates on syncopation. Appreciate those Es and Ahs!