FROM DRUM! MAGAZINE’S MARCH 2018 ISSUE | BY MUSICIANS INSTITUTE DRUM PROGRAM FACULTY
Lesson by Tim McIntyre
Today’s lesson begins with a figure introduced in Day 6 (Ex. 1): a grouping of three sixteenth-notes played with a RLL sticking. Ex. 2 moves this pattern onto the drum set. Playing this figure in succession in 4/4 creates the illusion of a new time feel.
However, before proceeding over the bar line, first try Ex. 3, playing this pattern within a four-bar phrase to make sure that the note placement is precise. Ex. 4 expands the three-note figure over bars three and four of the four-bar phrase. Lead into the pattern with one beat of hand-to-hand sixteenth-notes and lead out of the pattern with the written figure on beat 4 in bar 4.
You can now use this pattern to modulate from a funk feel to a shuffle feel at a new tempo, as seen in Ex. 5. Three sixteenth-notes equal one dotted eighth-note; therefore, the dotted eighth-note is now equal to one quarter-note. The RLL pattern now bridges the gap between the funk feel at 90 bpm and the new shuffle feel at 120 bpm.
Make it linear. Change the sticking from RLL to FRL for linear applications between three playing surfaces. Add eighth-notes with your hi-hat foot under the sixteenth-note pattern.