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Old 05-17-2014, 06:23 AM
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Default brush pattern for 12/8 feel

I'm figuring out how to play a 12/8 feel using a brush technique/pattern.
Does anyone know of any? Ed thihpen the sound of brushes doesn't have it. Nor does the art of bop drumming by Riley.

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Old 05-17-2014, 07:17 AM
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Default Re: brush pattern for 12/8 feel

I have a couple variations that I use.

It's really difficult to describe something like brush playing, especially in print. But I'll give it my best.

For the simplest example:

My left hand generally sweeps quarter notes; back and forth or circle. The right hand will tap/sweep the 12/8 ride cymbal pattern. The sweeps are basically for accents.

Check out Art Blakey on Cannonball Adderley's "Dancing In The Dark". (It's off of the "Somethin' Else" album if you feel like picking it up.)


You can hear Art sweeping back and forth, most likely with his left hand. Note how the sweep covers "ah-1", "ah-2", "ah-3", "ah-4", etc. Granted, here he is just tapping 1, 2, 3, 4 with the right. But think of the tune in 12/8. Play all 12 notes with the right hand. Mix it up just as you would with sticks; add a random double here and there, or make them light sweeps.

I hope this helps.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:08 PM
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Default Re: brush pattern for 12/8 feel

Start by playing single stroke triplelets.Then multiple by 4.
Next...play swing or blues ride pattern( all on the snare drum) and alternate between ride pattern and snare triplelets.
Next....develop/modify snare pattern to your needs.
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:52 PM
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Default Re: brush pattern for 12/8 feel

I dunno-- it depends on the tune, the tempo, and the way everyone else is playing it. I might play a normal ballad feel; or swish the LH, playing triplets with the right, accenting on 2 and 4; or alternating triplets, 2/4 accented, with 16th notes or a 16th note triplet in the middle of each triplet. Usually brush patterns sort themselves out if you just keep playing the tune/feel-- you can't stop, and you have to play something, so your hands just figure out what to do.
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