Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Weight Room: Peter Erskine's Polyrhythms

Peter Erskine and DRUM! Magazine combine to create a very simple explanation and set of exercises for two basic polyrhythms: 3 over 2, and 4 over 3.

Check it out here: http://www.drummagazine.com/lessons/post/polyrhythm-practice/

A polyrhythm is a figure where two (poly - many) figures that oppose each other - like eighth note triplets and straight triplets - happen at the same time. They are superimposed on one another, musically.

The 3 over 2 feel is one that I like to use a lot. It seems to flow easily in any type of linear groove setting, and can be used in jazz swing (playing straight eighths over a swing feel). Lots of fun.

Check it out, and happy drumming!

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Drummer's Weight Room: Tap Timing Exercise

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