Swing Part Two

Intro To Swing, Part Two.

Now that we have our snare drum comfortable playing a variety of rhythms over the swing ride pattern and steady feet, we can turn our attention to developing the bass drum.  Up to this point the bass drum has been playing steady quarter notes.  Next, we want to develop the bass so that it too can play varied rhythms, including rhythms mixed between the bass and snare.  A popular resource for rhythms is "Syncopation For The Modern Drummer" by Ted Reed, arguably the most widely used resource for drummers.  When working on this material go as slowly as needed to play cleanly, also ensure that the ride cymbal pattern swings consistent and clear.  Another strategy is to build in the rhythm note by note.  By this I mean, have the ride cymbal and left foot play their steady patterns and then add only the first note of the rhythm in the bass, if it's landing cleanly then add the second note and so on.  With this approach you can avoid frustration and create a clear picture in your mind of how the parts line up.  The final part of this video lesson demonstrates an approach I call "broken cymbal" where the ride cymbal breaks away from it's steady pattern to follow the rhythm of the bass drum.  Be sure to save this for after you are comfortable with all the previous applications as it requires a firm understanding of the Swing feel.  Jump on those drums and go for it!