Drum Beat Project

Beat 215 of my #DrumBeatProject 2.1.24 w/alt tempos & notations. A continuation of last week but with the LH adding pitches - still more to explore with this one though. The right side is playing a linear pattern subdivided 3+3+2 & an a-a-a-b form. The LH is doing the same rhythmic line as last week but with an a-b-a-b’ form on the crotales. Any pitched percussion can be subbed though, of course. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link for my newest piece, a Max Roach tribute, The Thunder That Smokes, in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 214 of my #DrumBeatProject 2.1.24 w/alt takes, related beat & notations. This one has a nice little groove with lots of looping & orchestration possibilities to explore. The right side is playing a linear pattern subdivided 3+3+2 w/ the LH doing a clave-esque line on top. It’s got an a-a-a-b form. Lots of diff. sounds can be used for the LH part: the 1st vid is on a large Keo Percussion wood block, 2nd is a bit slower & on a stack, 3rd faster w/ @upcycledpercussion rattle and 4th on @zildjiancompany metal castanets. Those last 2 drop a key BD note so notated those as a separate beat. That’s the amazing @percussion.wtf Reco Electro on the SD w/a test tube brush that I’m striking being held on it w/ @drumgees to keep everything in place. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link for my newest piece, a Max Roach tribute, The Thunder That Smokes, in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 213 of my #DrumBeatProject 1.22.24 w/alt takes & notations. This is a continuation of last week’s beat in that the RH and feet are playing the same parts, but the LH moved from 2 temple blocks to a crotale chord progression. The feet are playing 3 against 4. Crotales/LH are quarter note triplets alternating in a 6 note low/high pattern for each of the 4 chords of the progression which is from Mvt. 5 of my piece Anomaly. That was originally written for @kronos_quartet and can be heard on my record Adventureland - also subsequently arr. for both solo vibes & marimba duo (all of these scores are available on my website). I’ve been working up the solo vibes version for my upcoming performances w/ @ate9_dance so that was in my head & worked nicely with this beat. Alt takes are different tempos. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link for my newest piece, a Max Roach tribute, The Thunder That Smokes, in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 212 of my #DrumBeatProject 1.22.24 w/alt versions & notations. A random idea came and this is one of the variations after I began exploring it. Its got 2 sounds each of wood (temple blocks) drums (SD & FT) & jingles/metal (stack & HH). The feet are plating 3 against 4. Temple blks/LH are quarter note triplets broken up into groups of 2 by pitch. The RH part works w/ the LH in a way that implies a groove in 3 - but it was conceived in 4 and notated in 12/8. Gonna mess with this one a bit more… 2nd vid is LH on a Belizean slit drum. 3rd vid is slower w/a softer LH mallet & stk so the drums speak more. 4th is w/out shaker mallet & faster. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link for my newest piece, a Max Roach tribute, The Thunder That Smokes, in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 211 of my #DrumBeatProject 1.17.24 w/notations - best w/headphones! Playing around w/new ideas for my Collaboration with @ate9_dance March 1-3 in Tokyo, utilizing the @percussion.wtf Reco Electro again like last week but scraping it more this time - along with 3 samples being triggered from the SPD. The heaviness of the electronic sounds, BD and FT’s is countered by the upbeat HH and SD sextuplet. The BD goes from supporting those electro sounds to filling in the gaps between the hands. Like last week, this one totally works on a standard acoustic kit - just sub the electronic sounds out. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link for my newest piece, a Max Roach tribute, The Thunder That Smokes, in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 210 of my #DrumBeatProject 1.8.24 w/alt take and notations. This one features my maiden voyage w/the incredible @percussion.wtf Reco Electro - I haven’t even dug into the possibilites with this instrument yet, more to come with this one, such amazing lows and resonance! The beat is linear, using @upcycledpercussion & @stack_ring_percussion on the HH for added volume and @creative_percussion & @Davedeming shaker mallet and Zebra Fan respectively on SD since HH & SD are essentially the chatter element in the beat. The Reco Electro high pitch is acting as what the BD would normally play and the deep coil hits are acting as the SD would traditionally play / the backbeats - so highs and lows are reversed. This is super fun to play even w/out the Reco - just sub a ride bell and stack for ex. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel plz subscribe! Link for new piece “The Thunder That Smokes” in bio. Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 209 (Max Roach tribute!) of my #DrumBeatProject 12.26.23 w/notations. The father of solo drumset composition, Max Roach, would have been 100 years old this Wed. 1/10. In homage I created a beat from the first phrase of my new solo work, The Thunder That Smokes, which is inspired by 2 of his works. I use a motif from his somewhat obscure piece in 5/4, JasMe, and bend it into a piece in 3/4 - a nod to his classic The Drum Also Waltzes. I use a lot of his formal structure tendencies in the piece too - which is now available through Ox and Lamb Productions link in bio (and through my website glennkotche.com/scores very soon). There’s also a great video on both sites of Jacob Davidson performing it. The vocal sample is from a radio interview & perfectly summarizes the origins of our incredible instrument. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 208 of my #DrumBeatProject 12.24.23 w/variation & related beat vids & notations. A spontaneous beat starting w/a single stroke lick that ends w/a HH foot/hand double leading into a SD bkbt. Or in the alt vid, a FT/SD RH sweep. 2nd vid is the same but snares off, 3rd & 4th vids are the aforementioned variation at reg. & slower tempo. The small, right-side stack features prominently into the whole. Using my #activewave570 sig stx. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 207 of my #DrumBeatProject 12.18.23 w/notations & pic. In the holiday spirit here replete w/temple blocks (aka horse hooves), jingle bells & SD rimshot acting as a whip crack - yep, totally inspired by “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. We would play this piece every year in both middle school band and high school band. I found myself referencing it a few weeks ago during an instrument building workshop @wilco #SkyBlueSky festival when talking about how so many non-traditional sounds & instruments made their way into the percussion section over the past several hundred years. The hooves, horse/jingle bells and slap stick/whip are great ex. of this. It’s actually a winter song about a birthday party - no religious holiday mentions in it, but has become synonymous w/the holidays. Those are my new antique temple blocks and vintage conga in use here w/a vast array of bells on the HH - see the pic - including @upcycledpercussion @creative_percussion @stack_ring_percussion some antique horse bells and some antique Korean horse bells acquired this summer. LH is using a custom @promarksticks drumset mallet & LH has a customized marching tenor mallet that I shortened for kit use. LH & RF have the melody in mea. 1 over RH & LF ostinatos. 2nd mea. is linear/pattern based. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 206 of my #DrumBeatProject 12.13.23 w/slower take & notations. A compact pattern beat. I assembled some of my instrument acquisitions from this year to let them mingle and see how they sound together (granted this is a small selection) and quickly came up w/this one. For the beat: count 1 sounds inspired by @ManuKatche - not surprising since a lot of his “isms” have been ingrained in me over the years (& I saw the SNL clip of him w/ @itspetergabriel the other day), cts. 2&3 are linear w/the @creative_percussion bells giving the HH more presence. The doubles on the new-to-me hollow stamp @Zildjiancompany A crash/ride & equally new @Meinlpercussion tar, add a nice spark to it all, and that’s a brand new 22” paper thin coupled w/a super old proto-sizzle cym as the caboose. A beyond-vintage pig skin Chinese tom is resting on the rack and a really wonderful reclaimed white oak snare resting on the FT - that’s made by Ian at Erie Drums and Shells -my only oak drum. The snare is a 60’s @Sonordrumco D426 - very cool. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @tinyxylophone @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 205 of my #DrumBeatProject 2.17.23 w/notations. Since I’m on @wilco tour in Mexico at the moment w/no kit access other than the show, here’s and open-handed one from the beginning of the year. It might seem like the main feature is the melodic line created from using the 4 diff. mtl staccato stack sounds at the top of the beat, but for me, the juice of the beat is the open HH accents on the “a” of ct. 2 that answer the SD backbeat (w/2 BD notes as buffers). I also like the contrast of the cadences on ct. 4 in each bar: double bkbt in the 1st bar vs. single bkbt w/stack crash in the 2nd bar. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 204 of my #DrumBeatProject 11.21.23 w/notations and var. A 2 bar riff beat. 1st mea. is felt as a grouping of 3+3+2 & 2nd as regular 2+2+2+2. The 7 note figures in the 1st mea. are a combo RH paradiddle w/a 3-stroke ruff (RF, LF, LH). Using the stacks for a splash of color. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 203 of my #DrumBeatProject 10.27.23 w/notations. A quick one that came out during a rainy line check for @wilco tour at @themomentary in AR. The spots to watch are the HH 3-note ruff & the 3 consecutive BD’s. Super fun to play though. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 202 of my #DrumBeatProject 10.1.23 w/alt takes, notations & xtras...
Here’s one that got stuck in my head on the last @wilco tour - hence the many takes at several venues. It’s all built around ruffs/grace notes to embellish a simple beat. I love how those change the entire character of the beat - here for ex. giving a more rolling, glitchy feel. The trickiest part for me was the 3 note ruff before the SD on ct. 2 including the BD, while the same figure before ct. 4 omits the BD - so you can’t just rely on muscle memory. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @nelscline @mikaeljorgensen @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor
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Beat 201 of my #DrumBeatProject 11.5.23 w/notations. In preparation for performing at @percussivearts PASIC today, I was exploring @sunhouseinc #sensorypercussion this week and came up with this groove. It features samples I made (& use a lot) played from the drums with a live accompaniment part. Simple and vibey. The stacks sonically pair nicely w/the Raster-Noton sounds & @upcyledpercussion lid rattle. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @wilco @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 200!! of my #DrumBeatProject 11.1.23 w/notations & more. A deceptively tricky one for #200 due to the vertical vs. horizontal motions. BD & SD are keeping the concise 8th note groove against the long, lateral movement of the RH on seed chimes = a nice combination of exotic colors along w/traditional kit sounds #eastmeetswest. I first found those incredible Indonesian chimes @djolibapercussions in Toulouse, France (AMAZING place!) and then saw that @Meinlpercussion had some similar ones too - both are featured here. @davedeming DemSticks Jazz Brooms get a great snare sound w/out drowning out the chimes, & gentle enough to use on the seed pods. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwindeepankar @wilco @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 199 of my #DrumBeatProject 9.19.23 w/notations. This just came out in the midst of dusting off a solo piece that I plan on revisiting for @percussivearts PASIC in a couple of weeks. Using my @meinlpercussion hand drum as the ride here for a cool & different sound/vibe (& it’s a lot of fun to play w/stx). The BD & HH (w/lots of @upcycledpercussion @creative_percussion & Meinl flare) are the anchors. LH does the rhythm/melody around the drums. And the @zildjiancompany stack is the exclamation point of the beat.
Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @wilco #ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor
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Beat 198 of my #DrumBeatProject 10.11.23 w/alt vids & notations. This is a hybrid beat based on my live parts to the @wilco song “Infinite Surprise”. 2nd & 3rd vids are what I play live but I thought it might be challenging & fun to try to combine them - and it was! Had to forego the RH part on the @xpercussionofficial Mundo when I combined them tho (that thing has become essential for me). LH covers the HH swell and SD backbeats while the RH covers the tom line. BD is the anchor. Last vid is just a slower take. Thx to @ashwin_deepankar for the @theBellwetherla post-sound check camera work. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 197 of my #DrumBeatProject 10.12.23 w/alt vids, pics & notations. Since @teddysphotos Autumn Variations debuted at #1 this week, I thought I’d post this one from the studio just after I recorded some of those songs. I was so amped after playing along to the amazing programming of @900x James McAlister & drumming of @jt_bates_ (not to mention the super rhythmic vocal articulation & phrasing of Mr. Sheeran) that I stuck around at the gorgeous Narwhal studios and made some vids of beats along the lines of what I had just tracked. This one was probably inspired by what I tracked on “Plastic Bag” if my memory serves me? I’m so lucky to have been able to do that, huge thx to @AaronDessner but also to have recently hung with those 2 master drummers, musicians, artists, people - pics at the end of the reel. Straight fwd beat with a little sauce in the form of the open HH 3-stroke ruff & SD buzzes. I have some close HH & BD variations of this beat that I included (vids 3 & 4, excuse the tasty face...) as well as an updated faster take from stage in LA Thurs - 2nd vid, cam work by @ashwin_deepankar -Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @Brian.Deck @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

Beat 196 of my #DrumBeatProject 10.3.23 w/alt vid & notations. Another one from the new @Wilco album, Cousin. This is the live groove from the song, Soldier Child. Needed to go LH lead on this in order to represent all of the percussion that’s on the recording - def a challenge at first, but after a few shows, it’s super fun to play. I actually have samples from the song stems loaded in the SPD, but my bandmates prefer the organic sounds on stage. That’s a stack_ring_percussion crunch ring on the FT, @Meinlpercussion tambo, @rootseq on the rack tom & @zildjiancompany flat ride. Solo pieces are up on my youtube channel, link in bio - plz subscribe! Scores for all solo pieces are on my website. Past beat vids & notations at GlennKotche.com/projects check ’em out! @clark.hubbard @ashwin_deepankar @ABeatAWeek #DrumBeatTheory #DrumBeatImmersion #loveyourneighbor ...

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