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[MUSIC]
So, hello my friends.
This is Alex.
I hope you're doing fine and progressing
well in our tutorials.
So this is the fifth part.
Belongs to the part drumming of my serious
real instrument scratching.
And today we will try to break new ground
by playing three quarter beats,
or beats in a three quarter time
signature, using a bass drum snare combo.
So, beside the new experience of making
music,
it's a precious challenge to augment your
playing strategies.
Because you can take this knowledge of
playing now in a three quarter,
and apply this into your common scratch
performance, yeah?
That means that you can then try to play
scratching in the three
quarter time signature, over a beat in a
four quarter time signature.
This is very tricky but it's very cool and
really fine.
And, yeah.
I hope you like this tutorial.
Yeah, I wish you all the best.
Okay, we're gonna start with some basics
at first.
That means counting is very important.
That means when you play a beat in a three
quarter time signature,
it's very important to understand the
difference of counting in opposite to
a four quarter beat.
For comparison, when we count a beat in a
four quarter time signature,
it's like one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four, yes?
This was counting quarter notes, or
rather you can count it at four quarter
beat counting with eighth notes.
And it goes like-
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight.
Yes?
I think this is clear.
Now we count a time signature of
three-quarter.
And it goes, logically if follows.
We count one, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
This was with quarter notes, or rather
counting with eighth note goes like,
one, two, three, four, five, six.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
So far, so good, yeah?
I think this is clear.
So, now, to indicate the first basic
pattern,
we will walk with the simple drum
transcription.
This is the same transcription that we
have used in the previous tutorials
to indicate the positions of the drum
sequence.
Such as bass drum, this here.
[MUSIC]
Yeah?
Bass drum and-
[MUSIC]
Hi hat So.
So, so, an opposite side to the
transcription of beats and
four quarter time signature, where one bar
consists of 16 little boxes.
Now, one bar of a three quarter beat
consists of 12 little boxes.
You can easily understand the difference
by following
both indications shown on the screen.
So, this is it.
Next we go over to setting our segments on
the correct
positions in order to design a basic drum
pattern for our training and
to get the correct rhythmical feeling of
this playing mode.
So, enjoy.
So, okay, we start with pattern one.
Yeah, let's start create at first a simple
pattern.
This is, it's the basic requirement to
advance our playing style step by step.
So, as it means really simple we play now
is a kick.
[SOUND] This is my sample.
[SOUND] We play the kick on the one.
[SOUND] And then follows on the one and,
also a kick [NOISE].
And we place the snare [NOISE] as always
on the two beat.
So and now, don't forget the counting of
the three quarter beat while
playing this order sequences of segments.
It means we must count one, two, three.
One two three.
And that means on the one.
Kick on the two.
[SOUND] Kick and on the three.
Snare.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
So, try it.
For the purpose of demonstration, I will
add now a little, a sound scape.
I have prepared for this tutorial, it
sounds really smooth.
[MUSIC]
So, and when we count this.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, one.
Two, three, one.
Two, three, one.
Two, three, one.
Two, three, one.
Two, three, one.
Two.
And now.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Okay, this is the first task.
Now what's interesting, I add a effect
over my drum segments here.
[SOUND] A little echo.
[SOUND] Maybe you have the change or the
possibility.
[SOUND] With your mixer to add this also.
And now we start a little Q and A section.
That means, I play this pattern four
times, and then it's your turn.
Over this soundscape.
Okay?
Let's go.
One, two.
Sorry.
I count.
One, two, three, one, two, three, one,
two, three, one, two,
three, one, two, three one, two, three,
one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
One,
two, three, one, two, three, one, two,
three, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
One,
two, three, one, two, three, one, two,
three, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Once again.
[MUSIC]