Ride cymbal bell accent patterns

keep it simple

Platinum Member
This is simple stuff but can make or break any song or groove really.
Absolutely, & something I love - but applied sparingly. Occasionally I'll work the other way around too. Riding on the bell (mostly 4's) then using the cymbal bow to throw in some "& ghosts". Adds a mild syncopation feel in a full on power groove setting.
 

Fuo

Platinum Member
I like &'s on the bell, and not playing the 1234 at all (&'s only), and randomly diddling them.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
Good stuff. Sometimes Try playing a whole measure with your 8th note bell ping accents then a measure on the hats back and forth. You can lift your hat pedal on the ands. Or try 16ths between the ride and hats playing your 8ths pattern on the bell and doing the 16ths with your left hand as well as the backbeat.
 

Toolate

Platinum Member
So youre plating a basic money beat and you want to accent the eighth notes you are playing maybe on the ride bell. What are your favorites?

Answers could be like this:

& & & & (just the "ands")
& & &a4&

I like to play straight 8ths and then accent the "ah" of the 1 and the "e" of the 2 with a snare hit on the 2.

This is simple stuff but can make or break any song or groove really.
 
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