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Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions

Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions


Every drummer in the world who is known for their great feel has the rhythmic ability to "play in the cracks" between a straight 8th note subdivision and the swing/triplet subdivision. To help develop that feel, we've developed the "Elastic Subdivisions Metronome!"

Depending on the musical style of a song, the group of musicians you're playing with or the tempo of the tune, the subdivision of the groove might vary somewhere between "STRAIGHT" (metronomic 8th notes) and "SWING" (triplets). As a drummer, it's very important to be able to play any subdivision that matches the style of the music. The ELASTIC SUBDIVISIONS METRONOME below may be useful as you're working to develop that "halfway between straight and swung" feel. 


  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 90 bpm - Straight 8th Subdivision 00:00
  2. 90 bpm - Swing/Triplet Subdivision 00:00
  3. 90 bpm - "Halfway Between" Subdivision 00:00
  4. 90 bpm - "Almost Straight" Subdivision 00:00
  5. 90 bpm - "Almost Swung" Subdivision 00:00

HOW TO GET STARTED:

Play this 16th based groove in a medium tempo at 90 beats per minute with the "straight 8th" track. Depending on the style of the music, the feel of that groove might be too "metronomic" –  like a programmed drum machine without any feel.

Switch to the "swing/triplet" track. While that might feel great with certain types of music, it probably would feel a little "ricky-ticky" for most pop/rock/country styles.

Now, try to play it along with the "halfway between" track, LISTENING CAREFULLY to line up your subdivisions with the hi-hat sound play-along. That subdivison should sound more relaxed and feel better in most musical situations.

Of course, it still might not be perfect - so try the "almost straight" or "almost swung" tracks.  Somewhere in there will be just the right feel for the groove you're playing!

You can use these metronomes with almost any style of 8th or 16th note grooves, or even jazz swing or world music styles. Depending on the tempo and the type of music you're playing, some subdivisions will sound better than others. Experiment and have fun while you work to develop your feel!


STRAIGHT 8TH SUBDIVISION

  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 50 bpm 00:00
  2. 60 bpm 00:00
  3. 70 bpm 00:00
  4. 80 bpm 00:00
  5. 90 bpm 00:00
  6. 100 bpm 00:00
  7. 110 bpm 00:00

 

"HALFWAY BETWEEN" SUBDIVISION

  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 50 bpm 00:00
  2. 60 bpm 00:00
  3. 70 bpm 00:00
  4. 80 bpm 00:00
  5. 90 bpm 00:00
  6. 100 bpm 00:00
  7. 110 bpm 00:00

 

SWING/TRIPLET SUBDIVISION

  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 50 bpm 00:00
  2. 60 bpm 00:00
  3. 70 bpm 00:00
  4. 80 bpm 00:00
  5. 90 bpm 00:00
  6. 100 bpm 00:00
  7. 110 bpm 00:00

 

"ALMOST STRAIGHT" SUBDIVISION

  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 50 bpm 00:00
  2. 60 bpm 00:00
  3. 70 bpm 00:00
  4. 80 bpm 00:00
  5. 90 bpm 00:00
  6. 100 bpm 00:00
  7. 110 bpm 00:00

 

"ALMOST SWUNG" SUBDIVISION

  1. Zildjian Drum Set Method: Elastic Subdivisions 50 bpm 00:00
  2. 60 bpm 00:00
  3. 70 bpm 00:00
  4. 80 bpm 00:00
  5. 90 bpm 00:00
  6. 100 bpm 00:00
  7. 110 bpm 00:00

 


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– WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR USING YOUR EARS! –

Hopefully these tools will be helpful to you – but they are no means the best way to develop a great feel. Any great drummer will tell you to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN to a wide variety of music from a wide range of artists. Pick a song that feels great, learn the groove, then play along. Record yourself, then listen back to see how close you're coming to matching the style of the drummer on that track.

Learning to play with a great feel takes time, but as long as you keep in mind that IT'S NOT WHAT YOU PLAY - IT'S HOW YOU PLAY IT, you'll be on your way to making the music feel great.

 


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ABOUT THE ZILDJIAN DRUM SET METHOD:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THE ZILDJIAN DRUM SET METHOD:

MARK WESSELS is the Director of Education for the Avedis Zildjian Company and an internationally respected author and educator. As a publisher, his “Fresh Approach” method books are among the most successful in the world, with over 300,000 copies in print.

From 1983-2000, Mark taught percussion in some of the most successful public school programs in Texas and launched one of the first internet sites devoted to percussion education. As a result, he was hired as the “Director of Internet Activities” in 2000 for the Vic Firth Company and built one of the most popular online destinations for drummers today. Through the years at Vic Firth, Mark created the vast library of educational resources, many of which were ground breaking in its day. From Essential Rudiments, Groove Essentials and other popular posters to video lessons, play-along tracks, “In the Lot” and “Learn the Music” videos, Mark has been at the forefront of percussion education for over two decades.

During his tenure at Zildjian, Mark has also been responsible for producing thousands of drum set, marching and concert performance videos from all over the world. Working with the other dedicated members of the Zildjian team, he also produced and directed the popular “Zildjian Underground”, “Zildjian Live” and “vfJAMS” video series.

Outside of his work at Zildjian, Mark continues to publish new projects through his website at WWW.MWPUBLICATIONS.COM. If you love these lessons and want to learn more, check out Mark's very popular books, "A Fresh Approach to the Drumset" and "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum", published through Mark Wessels Publications.

 

  

ABOUT WAYNE:

Wayne Salzmann II is a drummer, educator, author, and composer based in Austin, Texas. He has been the Drum Set Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin for over a decade and has given clinics and masterclasses worldwide. In addition to his extensive touring and recording with Grammy winning guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson and iconic songwriter Bob Schneider, Salzmann has also performed and/or recorded with Steve Miller, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Cross, Joe Satriani, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, Chris Potter, Dick Oatts, Bill Watrous, Diane Schuur, Bobby Shew, UT Jazz Faculty, San Antonio Symphony, and many others.

He has hundreds of recording credits, including a Billboard no. 1 Jazz record, a Billboard no. 1 Blues record, and feature film soundtracks. His book Developing Melodic Language on the Drums has received high acclaim from legendary drummers Peter Erskine, Ed Soph, Carl Allen, John Riley, and from Modern Drummer Magazine.

Wayne currently serves as a member of the Drum Set Committee for the Percussive Arts Society, and is an artist/clinician for DW Drums, Pedals, & Hardware, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.