Warren Cann's Electro-Drum Column (Part 2)
This month E&MM are pleased to bring you part two of the Electro-Drum Column written by our consultant drummer Warren Cann. Warren has again taken time out from his work with Ultravox to provide some more patterns for you to try out at home, in the studio, or on stage.
"In last month's Electro-Drum Column I demonstrated four different rhythm patterns based on the basic disco beat. This month I am taking them a stage further and introducing syncopation on the bass drum and variations on the high-hat.
"For the programmer there should be no difficulties but for the novice acoustic player a couple of these patterns might pose some problems initially. It's worth persevering, though, as these variations on last month's rhythms really do add an extra dimension to any rhythm section."
5. Same bass drum and snare drum as example 4 but with eights on the high-hat.
6. Same bass drum and snare drum as example 4 but with quarter note off-beats on the high hat.
7. Eights on the high-hat, 2 and 4 on the snare but a funkier bass drum.
8. Another high-hat variation on beat 7.
9. The perennial steady 2 and 4 on the snare drum, a syncopated bass drum part, and a variation on the high-hat that departs from the usual steady fours, eights or sixteens.
10. The disco beat yet again with a new variation on the high-hat, it's basically the off-beat pattern with an extra 1/16th quickly tucked in. This one does move nicely — simple it may be, but it sets up such a thorough groove that using it never palls.
Feature by Warren Cann