6/8 Break in 2s - Lesson
6/8 Break in 2s
6/8 Break in 2s - Slow
Notes and Notation
There are many breaks or intros for 6/8 rhythms, because many of them have their own unique signature breaks. But by far the most common one, and the best to remember as a beginner, is the one similar to the main 4/4 break.
The break, or intro, goes like this:
First a flone, which is two tones, played close together, but not quite on top of each other.
Then two tones, then two tones again, and then two tones again.
To get the timing right, just watch and listen to the video, where I break it down, starting with the flone by itself, then layer each set of tones on top, one at a time. Then we play it slow, then moderate, then faster.
But remember, this is a not a rhythm part, that we play over and over like this. I am only playing it over and over to get you used to hearing it. And since playing it is the best way to know it, I will have you play it with me. But this is something the lead player in a group will play, and everyone else will come in AFTER he plays this.
So I will also play the ONE at the end.
Also, the speed of playing the break determines the speed or pace of rhythm part you play, so we will practice that too, and play at a few speeds. Try and come in with me as I mess around with the pace a little. If you can come in on the exact spot for the ONE where I do, then you have it. We can use the pa dopa 6/8 part to play to make it easy. Just play that first slap with me, or we can play the first repetition, so you practice coming in with the whole part.
Watch and listen, as always, to know what I mean by all that.
For those of you who just love to see this stuff in notation, here it is for you:
@ . T T . T T . T T . . - one break
Since this is an intro break, and not repeated, I will just write it the one time here. Whereas, when I am doing notation for a rhytm part, that you repeat over and over, I will also show you notation for how they go from one to the next.
OK let's play this baby, and get used to hearing it, and coming in after it.
As always.... Yeehah! Let's drum!
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I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
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