If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I’ve been working on practical uses of the 2 vs 3 polyrhythm. Here’s an example: Eighth Note Cymbal vs Eighth Note Triplet Independence Part One. In that article, I explored some uses of playing triplet ideas while maintaining the eighth note cymbal pattern, which I find exciting because I don’t hear the idea used often by drummers.
Working on things that are new and unexplored is exciting to me because one of my important goals as a drummer is to sound different from other drummers.
One criticism that I received after writing the article was that it was difficult to understand how the rhythms sound. My explanation was not sufficient. Hence, the words you are reading now.
I looked into the easiest explanation, and you’ll find it on the attached worksheet, which you can download as a PDF from the following link: “The Simplest Way to Explain 2 vs 3”
I hope this makes things easier.