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Simple Rhythm Construction Set
(Part II)

Most of the world's hand drum rhythms are combinations of these. They are selected for their simplicity, usefulness and educational variety.

 

* = Dance beat

B = bass

P = pressed bass

O = open tone

S = slap

t = touch

 

1 2 3 1 2 3  do not count these numbers

* . . * . .  go by the beat and pulse

B   B O   O

r   r l   l  striking hand

 

Three space rhythms:

 

|1 2 3|   |1 2 3|   |1 2 3|

|* . .|   |. * .|   |. . *|

|O    |   |O P  |   |O O B|

 r         r l       r r l

 

Four space rhythms:

 

|1 & 2 &|   |1 & 2 &|   |1 & 2 &|  |1 & 2 &|

|* , . ,|   |* , . ,|   |. , * ,|  |* , . ,|

|O      |   |B   O  |   |O O B  |  |O O    |

 r           r   l       r l r      r l

 

Six space rhythms:

 

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

|* . . . . .|   |. * . . . .|   |* . . * . .|

|B   O O O  |   |O P   O    |   |B   B O   O|

 r   l r l       r l   r         r   r l   l

 

Eight space rhythms:

 

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

|* , . , * , . ,|     |* , . , * , . ,|

|B   B   O     O|     |B     O B   O  |

 r   r   l     l       r     l r   l

 

|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|(cinquillo)   |1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|

|* , . , * , . ,|              |. , * , . , * ,|

|O   O O   O O  |              |O O t   t t t  |

 r   r l   r l                  r l r   l r l

 

Twelve space rhythms:

 

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

|* . . * . . * . . * . .|    |* . . * . . * . . . . .|

|P   O P     P   O P O  |    |P   O P   O P   O   O  |

 l   r l     l   r l r        l   r l   r l   r   r

 

Sixteen space rhythms:

 

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

|. , * , . , * , . , * , . , . ,|

|O O B   O O S   O O B   O O    |

 r l r   r l r   r l r   r l

 

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

|. , * , . , * , . , * , . , * ,|

|O O O O   O P   O   P   O   P  |

 r l r l   r l   r   l   r   l

 

 

Jim's Notes: A Course in Drumming

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