6/8 Break 3s - Lesson
6/8 Break in 3s
6/8 Break in 3s - Medium
6/8 Break in 3s - Slow
Notes and Notations
The other main break for 6/8 rhythms is a little longer and more complicated, but might be easier to remember, since it is played in 3 groups of 3 hits.
The first three tones are really tight together.
The next three tones are a little further apart.
The last three tones are slower still, and a little different in spacing.
Nothing to do but listen, over and over, and get it. So watch and listen to the video!
For the notation dudes and dudettes, here it is, yes I still love you!
Below, I will demonstrate with Tones, which looks like this:
TTT T T T . T T . T . . - one break
Since this is not repeated, and only used as an intro to a beat, I will not repeat the notation for you, even though we will be playing it over and over to get used to hearing it.
Yes you will get it, easy, if you watch and listen to the video. Most of this stuff is easy when you watch, and can sound complicated when we try to use words. After all, this is a sound tradition, not an intellectual tradition. It's only in the West that we try to count this stuff, or identify the "one", or try to figure it all out. In Africa, and in all oral traditions, you just listen to it, over and over, until you can't do anything but get it, because it's in your blood. So listen, and listen, then listen some more. And play it, then play it, and play it some more. Then you get it.
So let's get started.
Screaming with Joy
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.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA