Drums – Genres & Styles – 3-count Meters

 

 

 

Here you see how 3 counts in a measure, whether 3/4, 3/8, or 3/16 Meter, are conducted

 

 

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YouTube Playlist of videos on this page

 

22PWG Video on Standard Drum-set grooves:  And I show you how to add Snare and Bass embellishment to this!

1  2  3   3-beat Time-Keeper on Ride or Hi-Hat

1  2  3   Snare Drum (SD)  Standard 2-backbeats Waltz Feel

1  2       “Early” or “Jerk-e is Funk-e (like with 1 e a triplets) Feel

1      3    “Late” or “Laz-a is Blues-a or Jazz-a” (like with 1 e a triplets) Feel

1           Bass Drums (BD) 1-Feel

1  2  3   BD 3-Feel

1   +      BD 2-Feel

1      3   BD 1-Feel with Pickup on 3, creates a shuffled BD

 

Video of Seashell Radio’s Slyvia that is Russian circus Rock:  This has all kinds of embellishment in it, even Hi-Hat opening on 1!

 

22PWG Video:  Waltzing with the Flam Accent No. 1 Rudiment – Part 1, Part 2

 

The 3-beats (counts) in a bar can be 3 1/4-notes as in 3/4 Meter (the most common), or 3 1/8-notes in 3/8 Meter, or even 3/16-notes in 3/16 Meter.  Even though this is often called “Waltz Time” because it is the feel for Waltzes, you will find these in many Music Genres including Rock, Jazz, Country, and Irish music.

 

Video to feel the difference between 3/4 vs 4/4 Meter by put a Bass Drum Foot where she claps down on her legs instead.  Put a Snare Drum Left-hand where she claps her hands, while you keep Steady 1/4-notes on your Right-hand Time-Keeper.

 

Video to know the difference between 3/4 vs 4/4 Meter from a guitar-teacher viewpoint, but you need to be watching their hands, because sight is faster than sound, especially because stage sound often isn’t the best!

 

Video to see how they people mix 3/4 and 4/4 Meter in a popular songs.

 

See also 6/8 Meter

 

Video to feel the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 Meter from a guitar perspective, which drummers should be watching the guitarist’s strumming hand to see, because sight is faster than hearing.

 

Video to feel the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 Meter from a piano perspective, which drummers should be watching the pianist’s hands to see sooner they will hear.

 

Video of  Piano Man by Billy Joel:  an excellent example of a Rock 3/4 Waltz (123, 123) going into Rock 6/8 (123456).  In quieter spots like the Verse or Interlude they do 3/4 where the loud instruments/bass drum are on 1 and snare on 2 3 or just the “lazy” 3, but when they get into 6/8 in the Chorus, you hear the loud instruments/bass drum on 1 and the snare hard on 4.

 

Video of Mary Poppins’ Chim Chim Cheree:  Pretty standard 3/4 Waltz with the Bass on 1 (the 1 Feel) and Snare on 2 and 3.

 

Video of Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera:  Pretty standard 3/4 Waltz with the Bass on 1 (the 1 Feel) and Snare on 2 and 3.

 

Video of a Irish tune Waltzing with Bears:  Standard 1-Feel BD with SD on 2 and 3.  RH on 1 2 3 or just on 1 for quieter spots.

 

Video of many standard Accordion Waltzes:  I sure have had to play a lot of these around Tucson for good-playing ethnic festivals!

 

Video of Alan Jackson’s I’d Love You All Over Again:  The guitarist is strumming a shuffle 1  a2  a3  a,  which you could lightly match or just keep 1 2 3 on the RH Time, add the Laz-a SD on 3, with 1-Feel BD and periodically build-up 1 2 3 to transition into verse or chorus, add a BD on the “a of 3” periodically to setup/pickup to the 1.

 

Video of Andy Williams’ Moon River:  This mixes a Shuffle feel 1 _ a2 _ a, where the “e” is missing, so “ShuuufleShuuufle,” but they are only using this for count  1 _ a, then going back to a Straight feel 2 + 3 +, so together 1  a2 + 3 +, all played on the Snare, with the Bass on 1 for a 1-feel, but try some drum-set interpretations, like 1 2 3 on the RH and the LH on a  +  + lightly.

 

Video of Shuffled Waltz embellishment of Drums Only:  

1    2    3  a    Partly-shuffled Time

_______ 3        Laz-a Rim Click SD

1       a          1-feel + Setup of 3

 

 

 

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