Anika Nilles: Sixteenth-note quintuplets – part two

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Welcome to my second workshop about playing with quintuplets. This time, we’ll start with a groove exercise, which is based on a simple hand to hand pattern. When practising, you should use a metronome and start playing around 65BPM. Also, you can use a simple loop, which is based on quarter-note chords. This helps a lot to get a feel for the grooves in a musical way.

Example 1

First of all, you should be focused on the hi-hat. Start playing with a simple RLRLR LRLRL pattern on your hi-hat and build an accent in on every quarter note. It’s important to play sophisticated dynamics. This makes your groove more musical.

Example 2

If you feel good playing the quintuplets like this, then put the accent of the two and four on your snare drum. This is your backbeat for the next groove exercises.

Example 3a-3e

Next, we add some right foot kicks. In example 3a we keep it very simple. It’s the famous ‘money groove’ with fives.

The next exercises will be more difficult; there are some kicks between the quarter notes. It’s helpful to be focused on your sticking (RLRLR LRLRL) again, and add the kicks on top. Let things proceed slowly; start practising with your metronome around 65-70BPM, then speed it up a little bit to 75-90BPM.

Example 4

This exercise is about playing grooves in combination with a fill at the end. The fill is based on the exercises we did last issue. There are three bars of groove and one bar to fill in. Feel free to use every groove of example 3a-3d, or just the one you feel comfortable with for the first time.

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