17th September 2018 Wil Wainwright

Odd Groupings 8 (7’s)

Hello and welcome to an extension from the previous odd groupings lesson. This time we are looking at some 7s instead of 5’s

1) This is just another simple accent pattern where we are accenting every 7th note. I have kept all of these examples in 7/4 this time so once again they resolve naturally. Take this slowly to start, really focusing on keeping the left foot strong and once you have it together, play along to a metronome.
2) Okay, lets see how well you’ve internalised the accent rhythm. We are just playing the accents along with a quarter note pulse in the left foot. Once you are happy with this, try increasing the speed and move it around the kit. At that point, it is great to alternate between 1 and 2 where you play the same accent pattern around the kit and keep all the unaccented notes from 1 on the snare.
3) This is the same principle as the last odd grouping lesson. This is another common accent pattern through 7s. We know have 3 accents in each hand before flipping the pattern to leading with the other hand. Follow the same steps from 1 and have some fun
4) As with 2, now we deal with just the accents over a 1/4 note pulse
5) This is the same accent pattern as 3 but the sticking has changed from alternating to RLRLRLL. Just like with the groupings of 5, this opens up a lot more movement around the kit as it leaves your right hand free to move anywhere. Just like with the grouping of 5 the independence required to keep the left foot going is a little trickier than in previous examples.
6) Okay so if you can play 4, this should be fairly straight forward. However, as it is all in the right hand, you will hopefully start to think of this as a right hand pattern over a groove. This can make a really cool ride bell pattern that goes over the bar line.

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