1st April 2019 Wil Wainwright

Odd Groupings 12 – Using 5s To Help Your Independence – Part 1

Hello and welcome to the 12th Odd Groupings lesson.  This time we will be taking a grouping of five and applying it through 16ths.  This really is an extension from Odd Groupings Part 3 so if you haven’t checked that out yet.  I would do so first.  This approach allows us to look at various permutations in one exercise and can be good fun as well.  

It helps us work on independence, focusing on the bass drum against the right hand.  We have both a single and a double bass drum which permeate to start both with the right hand and in the gap.  At higher tempos this phrase is also great for working on switching between “normal” single bass drum hits and “technique” doubles (sliding foot, heel toe etc). 

1) Here we have our basic pattern.  Please not this is in 5/4 so it resolves each bar.  As you play this, try and count both the 1,2,3,4,5 but also 1e+a2e…. etc.   Take your time to really internalise the pattern before moving on.

2) Now we will put the pattern into context with an 8th note hihat.  Once again, try and count the phrase both ways if you can.  Also take note of how the pattern flips in relation to the hihat with every phrase played.  

3) Back to 4/4! Okay, so no lets use this phrase as a “fill”.  We are simply playing the exact same thing as in 2, just stopping after 4 quarter notes into the phrase.  

4) In the final example we are playing the same idea but now on the ride.  We are also moving the left hand around the kit.  This is obviously a very basic option, have fun with the pattern and move it around the kit.



I hope you enjoyed that.  We will go into more advanced polyrhythms in later lessons so getting comfortable with feeling this grouping of 5/16 over a regular 8th note pulse will help prepare you for  later lessons.  Join me next time to look at a great variation on this pattern.


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