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Rhythm Issue 299

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United Kingdom
Lifestyle Media House Ltd
10 Issues

in this issue

10 min
ty segall from high school parties to psychedelic rock with the fuzz man

“I’m stoked that Ty Segall agreed to be part of this special issue of Rhythm,” Taylor says. “Like me, he grew up in Laguna Beach, California, and it’s really interesting to talk to another musician from that small town who is finding their own path and doing their own thing. “I remember the first time I heard Ty on the radio, I couldn’t help but sit up and take notice of the cool, ‘John Lennon-y’ voice that was coming at me from the speakers in my car. When I went and checked him out, it was incredible to see how many different collaborations and projects he’s been involved in after originally starting out on drums, and I’ve been watching proudly ever since. “I really don’t know how to label him, because he’s…

2 min
so, you want to play hybrid?

Sometimes it can be tricky deciding exactly which samples to choose for a specific track. Should you go with a hand clap or a tambourine layered over your backbeat? The club kick or the 808 on the bass drum? In this issue’s lesson, we’ll be having our cake and eating it, too, by blending two samples together – all from within the sound module itself. This can be a particularly useful feature for creating samples on the fly, negating the need for computer software, which is commonly how we would create samples from scratch. Our hybrid setup for today consists of drum triggers for the kick, snare and a floor tom – all of which are running into the Roland TM-6 Pro. Despite this capability existing in other modules, it’s worth mentioning…

2 min
technical difficulties

The ‘4 over 3’ polyrhythm can be a very effective way of developing coordination in a 16th-note rate. To generate the polyrhythm, we simply need to accent every three 16th notes in 3/4 – this could be thought of or visualised as four dotted eighth notes over three quarter notes. Its use as a means of developing coordination becomes apparent when you realise that these four notes land on the four possible single 16th-note placements relative to the quarter note – in order, the ‘1’, the ‘a’ the ‘&’ and the ‘e’. So the ability to play these on different limbs against a time pattern played in the right hand means you’ll address all of the possible single 16th-note placements in the space of three beats. In Ex 1, we kick things…

1 min
beats working

Welcome to Beats Working, the part of the magazine aimed at helping drummers of all abilities to develop and progress. Kicking things off this issue, Colin and Erik and I are all looking at a variety of rhythmic and independence ideas in 3/4 time in ‘Getting Started’, ‘Creative Concepts’ and ‘Technical Difficulties’, respectively. Next in ‘Four-Piece-Fills’, Jason Bowld explores some two-way triplet ideas, while in ‘Percussion Toolbox’ all-round percussion guru Pete Lockett begins his exploration of playing the bongos with some essential rhythms and techniques. Finally, Mike Sturgis continues his look at the more cerebral aspects of making music, here exploring the sometimes conflicting concepts of imitation and inspiration. Enjoy!…

2 min
standing out!

In a world full of loud social media where everyone is vying for your (or someone else’s) attention, standing out from the crowd seems an impossible task. For years, I would look at what other drummers were doing, being in awe and trying to imitate their playing, style or chops – leaving me feeling unworthy, unfulfilled and fading into the background of my own life. My whole mindset shifted after a series of events in 2011, and I realised that life is short, and I can’t be bothered to fit into other people’s moulds anymore! I proceeded to chop off most of my hair (something I’d wanted to do as a kid), remembered what it was about drumming and music that sparked my passion in the first place and dedicated myself to…

1 min
rudiment of the month

Patafla-fla Our exploration of the various flam rudiments continues this issue with amusingly titled Patafla-fla. And like many rudiments, the name is onomatopoeic: ‘pata’ relating to two single strokes and the ‘fla-fla’ being two flams. With this in mind, you’d expect the basic figure to be written as single, single, flam, flam – however, it’s traditionally notated one note out of sync as is shown in Ex 1, while the figure that the name Patafla-fla actually implies is in fact seen in Ex 2. Exs 3 and 4 are the remaining two permutations, placing the flams either in the middle or at the beginning. Technically speaking, the Patafla-fla is all about being able to execute two hand-to-hand flams within single strokes, something that requires the development of quick reflexes. However, once you’ve mastered this it…