In this session, we practice linear phrasing on the drumset, where we avoid playing two instruments at the same time. This style of drumming is associated with drummers like David Garibaldi, Gary Chaffee, and Rick Latham, who have influenced this approach significantly. Linear phrasing provides a foundation for creating effective groove fills and embellishments, often seen in gospel chops.
During the session, we focus on different ways to play four-note patterns between the snare, kick drum and hi-hat. By emphasizing quarter notes or offbeat eighth notes, you will explore different dynamics. As we pick up the pace, these phrases will sound more complex and effective while still maintaining a simple rhythmic structure.