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Polyrhythmic Ostinatos - part 1

Drum Lesson by Alain Rieder


Example 1
Here's three hi-hat ostinatos (each line is played four times).
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Example 2
The same ones, played in a 3-bar sequence. Each line is played twice.
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Example 3
The three-bar ostinato, applied to other bass-drum patterns
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The three-bar ostinato can also be viewed as being in 3/4 or 6/4 and played over 4/4:
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16-bar Groove Exercise
This example is an application of this concept, to the first exercise of my drum book Time Manipulation.
Each bar is played twice, but if you listen to the sound file the hi-hat plays the previous shifting accents instead of the unaccented eighth-notes that are written.
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Musical examples are granted for your personal use only.
© Copyright 1998 Alain Rieder - all rights reserved


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Example 5
The next example is a short excerpt from a John Lennon & Yoko Ono song.

Artists: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Album: Double Fantasy
Song: Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him
Drummer: Andy Newmark

Andy Newmark, who is a great drummer by the way, played a shifting hi-hat part in a very much tasty manner.
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