- Building Blocks To Gospel Chops
- Phrases for playing clean and musical
- 3-1-3-2 !
- There seems to be a lot of other drumming concepts beyond our cognizance
Building Blocks To Gospel Chops
How are you getting along at home? We've talked about Gospel Chops in the last post and it's a great place to start talking again!
See also the last post:
I'm going to take a look at Gospel Chops based on an educational video I've found on YouTube, rather than a specific song. Here's a clip of Jerohn Garnett teaching Gospel Chops in his series Building Blocks To Gospel Chops. You are going to see some concepts you've never heard of before.
He teaches carefully and very empathically. As a Japanese person looking at it, I think it's a little easier to understand his English because he speaks with great emphasis on the points. We can be drawn to his passionate narrative. He is open-handedly telling us sort of like "I want to give you everything I have!".
Phrases for playing clean and musical
Building Blocks To Gospel Chops #4, introduces 3 phrases to make drum solos sound clean and musically cool. The 1st is to play RLL RLL RLL RLL RLL or LRR LRR LRR LRR on the drum kit. The 2nd is 6 stroke roll, for example, repeating RLLRRL RLLRRL. Up to this point, I'm familiar with the phrases and I often play them. In the video clip, you can see good-taste transitions of the phrase and very clean-cut strokes. As he said it is clean and musical. Just because you're familiar with the RLLRLL or RLLRRL sequence may not produce a mind-blowing performance like that. And the 3rd phrase from 5:36 is worthy of remark.
3 with hands -> 1 with kick -> 3 with hands -> 2 with kick...!?
According to the teacher, this phrase is called "3-1-3-2". I have never heard of "3-1-3-2". "3-1-3-2" gives 9 notes in total. It might be a little hard to incorporate 9 notes in drum phrases so it would be better to make it 6, right? Surprisingly, however, the teacher says the phrase is "VERY VERY popular in Gospel music". No way! I can't even believe it.
Here he plays an example, embedding it in a drum fill:
Immediately after that, he says "Calvin Rodgers blazes like this." and plays again. It is slightly different from the previous one, and it is slightly amazing that the left hand and right hand at the ends are reversed.
There seems to be a lot of other drumming concepts beyond our cognizance
Some people who play Gospel Chops may be counting like 3-1-3-2 in some cases. It's really hard to imagine 3-1-3-2 being a popular phrase. Gospel Chops made me feel that it definitely has drumming concepts beyond our understanding. I'm also carefully reviewing the series of Building Blocks To Gospel Chops to find other surprising drumming concepts. Let us continue to approach the mystery of Gospel Chops.