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More 8 Triplet Ways in 5/4

Here are three more examples of converting page 38 of Stick Control into 5/4. We can then apply Alan Dawson’s 8 triplet ways to the new phrase.

Alan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #2 (new) - Full ScoreAlan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #2 (new)2 - Full Score

Alan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #3 (new) - Full Score1Alan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #3 (new) - Full Score2Alan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #4 (new) - Full Score1
Alan Dawson's 8 Triplet Ways #4 (new) - Full Score2


 

 

 

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The 8 Triplet Ways in 5/4


Today we move onto an exercise that I consider THE quintessential method for any aspiring jazz drummer: Alan Dawson’s 8 triplet ways. After spending many fruitful months on this method I was keen to adapt it into 5/4 with the aim of further expanding my odd time playing. I should firstly say that it’s essential to work through Dawson’s original method fully (along with page 38 of Ted Reed’s Syncopation) before moving on, so I urge you to buy his book and get started. Once you’re comfortable with the original, we can use a simple set of rules to convert each bar of page 38 into 5/4:

If there’s a long note on beat 4, add a short note on the & of beat 5
If there’s a short note on the & of 4, add a long note on beat 5
If there’s a rest on beat 4, add two short notes on beat 5 and the & of beat 5
 
Here are the original bars 1 – 4:
And here’s how they look in 5/4:
 Page 38 5_4
Now try applying the 8 triplet ways to this 4 bar phrase. There’s some tricky 4 limb coordination required once you start adding a 5/4 swing pattern (from triplet way 4 onwards) but this is all extremely worthwhile vocabulary that will come in handy next time someone calls a tune in 5 on the gig.
Alan Dawson's 8 triplet Ways #1 (new) - Full Score1
Alan Dawson's 8 triplet Ways #1 (new) - Full Score2
Once you’re comfortable with bars 1-4, do the same for the rest of Pages 38-39.
Good luck!

 

 

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