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Basic Geometries and
Hand Patterns

(Choosing the most efficient and comfortable hand pattern makes it easy to play a part. Replace an O by B or t or S for variety. -Luis)

 

|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|

|O       O      |O       O      | beat

|    O       O  |    O       O  | counter beat

|  O   O   O   O|  O   O   O   O| syncopated notes

|O O O O O O O O|O O O O O O O O| all the above

 

r l r l r l r l r l r l r l r l   alternating hand pattern

 

r   r l r   r l r   r l r   r l   incomplete alternating

                                  (right hand)

 

r l   l r l   l r l   l r l   l   incomplete alternating

                                  (left hand)

 

r   l r l   r l r   l r l   r l   broken alternating

 

r l     r l     r l     r l       binary hockett

                                  (on the beat)

 

    r l     r l     r l     r l   binary counter hockett

 

1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3

O S   O S   O S   O S             ternary hocketts

r l   r l   r l   r l

 

S  O S  O S  O S  O

l  r l  r l  r l  r

 

(As an example, here's the permutations of the broken alternating pattern. Many interesting possibilities are available among three players by choosing three of the permutations and playing, let's say, an open tone with the right hand. -Luis)

 

|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|

|r l r   l r l  |r l r   l r l  | 1

|  r l r   l r l|  r l r   l r l| 2

|l   r l r   l r|l   r l r   l r| 3

|r l   r l r   l|r l   r l r   l| 4

|l r l   r l r  |l r l   r l r  | 5

|  l r l   r l r|  l r l   r l r| 6

|r   l r l   r l|r   l r l   r l| 7

|l r   l r l   r|l r   l r l   r| 8

 

Progressive densities, common meters & beat: (over 24 pulses)

 

*           *           *           * beat

O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O 24

O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O  16

O   O   O   O   O   O   O   O   O   O   O   O   12

O     O     O     O     O     O     O     O     8

O       O       O       O       O       O       6

O           O           O           O           4

O               O               O               3

O                       O                       2

0                                               1

 

 

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &

1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &

1   2   3   4   5   6   1   2   3   4   5   6

1     &     2     &     1     &     2     &

1       2       3       4       5       6

1           2           3           4

1               2               3

1                       2

1

 

Jim's Notes: A Course in Drumming

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