Monday, April 11, 2011

5 Beat Idea 2 ways

This is a simple idea I stumbled upon today.
It's a little lick around the drums that's 5 notes long.
Like so:


As you can see, I put the idea into 4/4 to make it a bit more user friendly.
Here's a video of me playing it while (sort of) singing "A Train".

I also tried making the lick into a 15 note grouping so instead of it being a 5 note grouping that goes over the bar, in the bridge of the next example (again I'm thinking of A Train as I play) I'm playing 15 notes that are equidistant in the space of two bars of 4/4. Check it out, it has a feeling of slowing down in the bridge.

Whew! This is going to be another post that my Mom tells me she doesn't understand. Sorry!


  1. Very cool melodic approach to rhythm and time. Kenny Werner plays these groupings in particular on his "Stella" from a solo piano album called Meditations. I wonder what his piano solo would sound like on the drums?

  2. I bet it would sound incredible! Thanks for the comment Josh!