A few weeks ago I posted a clip that showed how to learn to play 3 vs 2. You can check that out here: How to Play 3 Against 2
After I published it, a lot of people asked me “what can you even use that for?”
Good question. This is actually the reason that I’m not a huge polyrhythm guy. Don’t get me wrong. I respect it. I understand the allure. But how many times does a gig call for using polyrhythms?
But I did learn 3 against 2 for a reason. Most of the time I will only practice stuff I think I can actually use professionally. I will violate that policy only for ideas or drumming things that really excite me. If I have a passion about something, I will pursue it whether I think it will be useful or not. After all, drumming is art. And art requires freedom.
But I digress.
I learned 3 vs 2 specifically so I could use it in grooves, not really as a soloing device. In the video below, I explain and demonstrate.
I’ve written some exercises for developing the independence I use in the video. Check this out if you’re interested in pursuing this:
Eighth Note Cymbal vs Eighth Note Triplet Independence Part One
That’s all for now!
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Ray Palagy says
Very nice…usually people don’t give an example of how something can be used!
Mark Feldman says
Hi Ray –
Thanks for commenting.
I’m glad you’re finding it helpful my friend!
Thanks for inviting me to your apartment back in high school so we could play drums together!