Danny Walker "Australopithecus" Poly-Rhythm Explained
Friday, 30 November 2012 20:15

In this video Danny Walker breaks down a couple of rhythms in the song "Australopithecus" by Intronaut. These are two grooves that are reoccurring themes in the song with slight variations.

 
 
 
EXERSICE 1 - chorus in song: 3 against 4 groove with Double bass. Right hand playing the 4 on the ride, left hand playing the 3 on the snare. With the left hand I'm hitting the circled numbers - 1 (2) 3 (1) 2 (3) 1 (2) 3 (1) 2 (3) 1 (2) 3 (1) 2 (3) 1 (2) 3 (1&)
 
Right hand is still playing the 4 on the ride in the 3 against 4 groove and accents are placed on the china in groupings of (4 - 3 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 5 - 3 - 4) Accenting the 1 of each number. 
 
EXERCISE 2 - outro with bass guitar:
 
3 against 4 groove on crash. Feel the 3 on crash with right hand and feel the 4 with the kick drum. I'm hitting every 3 on the crash and hitting the snare just on the 3. 
 
Right hand still playing 3 on crash and accent the china in groupings of (4 - 3 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 5 - 3 - 4) Accenting the 1 of each number. 
 
Left hand accents the left china in cycles of 7. Accent the 1 of each group of 7. There are technically 6 cycles of 7, but in the song originally I never accent the first group of 7 out of the 6. It's your call... 5 cycles or 6 cycles of 7. I showcase both.
 
 


 

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