Creativity with Irregular Meters
by GEORGE TANTCHEV
(PERCUSSIVE NOTES/DECEMBER 2005).
Musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Don Ellis, Frank
Zappa, Rush, Bela Fleck, and other have applied irregular
meters in their music. In many cases, this provides
an opportunity for the drummer to be innovative. A good
example is Rush’s song “YYZ” where Neil Peart exhibits creativity
in 5/4 meter...
Asymmetric Grooves for Drumset
by GEORGE TANTCHEV
(PERCUSSIVE NOTES/AUGUST 2004).
Agood-sounding groove sets up the proper feel for a tune
and can make even a familiar melody sound more interesting.
Such drumset players as Joe Morello, Steve Gadd,
Jeff Porcaro, Omar Hakim, Dennis Chambers, and many others
became legendary for the innovative grooves they created.
In today’s multi-cultural world, where the tendency to blend
different music styles with ethnic motifs and rhythms is growing,
drummers can explore their creative potential by incorporating
new elements into their playing. For instance, a different
feel can be projected in a 4/4 groove if the eighth notes are
grouped as 3+2+3. Such rhythmic articulation exists in Balkan
folk music known as Heavy Macedonian Horo. Following are a
few applications of the rhythm in several different styles...
Applying Bulgarian Rhythms to Drumset by GEORGE TANTCHEV
(PERCUSSIVE NOTES/DECEMBER 2003).
It was 1958 when a young jazz musician visited a crowded
marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey. Fascinated by the sound of
street musicians playing a rhythm he had never heard before—
1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3—he wrote one of his classic jazz compositions.
His name, as you have probably guessed, was Dave
Brubeck, and the piece was “Blue Rondo A La Turk". Since then, asymmetric rhythms have become integral for
pop, rock, jazz, new age, and other musical styles. Musicians
began to blend different genres with ethnic motifs and rhythms.
Some of them were also influenced by Eastern European music
where asymmetrical rhythms abound. Especially rich in these
rhythms is Bulgarian folk music...