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Simple Rhythm Construction Set
(Part III)

The World's Simplest Rhythms:

 

Basic beat keeping:

 

1)      -       -                       = beat

        . . . . . . . .                 = pulse

        B       B                       = low pitch

 

Then, adding something between the beats:

 

2)      -       -

        . . . . . . . .

        B   O   B   O        O = higher pitch

 

Then, syncopating a note:

 

 -       -

 . . . . . . . .

 B     O B   O

 l     r l   r  = l&r hands

 

Building blocks:

 

O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-

OOOOOOOO

O-O-O-O-

OO--OO--

O-O-OO--

 

When applied:

 

O-OO-OO-O-OO-OO-

r rl rl

O-O-P---OO--P---

r r l   rl  l

 

O--O--O--O--

rlrlrlrlrlrl

O---O---O---

r l r l r l

 

become rhythms that can be perceived as being divided in various ways:

 

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

|B   O  |B   O  |B   O  |B   O  |

 

|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8|

|O   O O   O O  |O   O O   O O  |

 

|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6|

|O O O O O     B B   B   B   B  |

 

|1 2 3|1 2 3|1 2 3|1 2 3|

|O   O|O   O|O   O|O   O|

 

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

|  O   O|  O   O|  O   O|

 

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

|O   O O O  |O   O O O  |

 

|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2|

|O   O   O O   O   O   O

 

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

|O   O   O|  O   O  |

|O   O O  |O   O O  |

|B        |B        |

 

Some components:

 

|123|   |1&2&|   |123456|     |1&2&3&4&|

|O  |   |O   |   |O     |     |0       |

|OO |   |OO  |   |OO    |     |OO      |

        |O O |   |O O   |     |O O     |

        |OOO |   |OOO   |     |OOO     |

                 |O  O  |     |O  O    |

                 |OO O  |     |OO O    |

                 |O OO  |     |O OO    |

                 |OOOO  |     |OOOO    |

                 |O O O |     |O   O   |

                 |OOO O |     |OO  O   |

                 |OO OO |     |O O O   |

                              |OOO O   |

                              |O  OO   |

                              |OO OO   |

                              |O OOO   |

                              |OOOOO   |

                              |O O  O  |

                              |OOO  O  |

                              |OO O O  |

 

 

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

|O      |  |O   O  |  |O O O  |  |O O O O|

 

 

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

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

 

 

|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 &|  |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

 

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|

|P   O P     P   O P O  |

 l   r l     l   r l r

 

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|

|P   O P   O P   O   O  |

 l   r l   r l   r   r

 

 

|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

 

And, when played with others:

 

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

|    O O     O O|    O O     O O|  high

|O       O      |O       O      |  med

|B   B   B   B  |               |  low

 

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|

|O   O       O   O      |O   O       O   O      | high

|                       |      O     O     O   O| med

|      B   B   B   B   B|                       | low

 

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|

|O   O   O       O   O  |O       O   O   O      | high

|B   B       B     B    |B   B       B   B      | low

 

When you put these together:

 

(Please take the following names with a 'sounds like' in front of them. These are designed to be played in a large drum circle by every conceivable combination of drums. -Luis)

 

Frame Obligo

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3|

|  O O   O O   O O   O O|  O O   O O   O O O O O| high conga

|O   O       O   O      |O   O       O          |framedrums

|                       |      O     O     O   O| mediums

|      O   O   O   O   O|                       | lows

|O           O          |O           O          | basses

 

Banda-Legengo

 

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

|    O O     O O|    O O     O O| highs

|        O O   O|O   O   O O    | mediums

|O   O   P      |O O     P      | lows

on the fourth repetition:

|O   O   O   O  |O   O   O O    | mediums

 

Afoxe

 

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

|O O OO  OO  OO  O O OO  OO  OO  | very highs

|  OO  OO  OO  OO  OO  OO  OO  OO| highs

|    O O     O O     O O O O O O | meds

|O     O         O     O         | lows

on the fourth repetition:

|    O O     O O     O O OO OO O | meds

 

Atsiagbeko

 

|1 2 3 1 2 3|1 2 3 1 2 3|

|  O O   O O|  O O   O O| highs

|O   O O   O|O   O O   O|  meds

|M   O   O  |M     M    |  lows

 

 

Jim's Notes: A Course in Drumming

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