MUSICIANS

Building Rhythmic Dynamics

Workshop 3rd May 2017

Listen to these tracks and analyse what the drums, bass and guitars do to change and build the dynamics in different sections:

TIP: LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES

1. In Your Freedom

2. Saviour King

3. Come to the Altar

4. Cornerstone

5. The Lord Our God

Below are some ideas for different rhythmic dynamic levels in each department:

Drums

1. Kick only (on beats 1 & 3, 2 & 4 or 1/4 note)

2. Kick and toms (Cornerstone example)   OR   Snare rolls (Saviour King example)

3. Kick and toms with snare added on beat 4  OR  Snare rolls with kick added

4. Kick and snare groove without hats/ride

5. Full groove with hats/ride

Bass

1. Single notes (beat 1)

2. Double notes (beats 1+ and 1, 2)

3. Every 1/4 note

4. Every 1/8th note

5. Groove locking with drummer's kick drum

Acoustic

1. Single strums (beat 1) or picking

2. Spacious dotted 1/8ths

3. Busy dotted 1/8ths

4. Constants 1/8ths or 1/16ths (down and upstrokes)

5. Constants 1/8ths or 1/16ths (just downstrokes)