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Post Thu May 01, 2008 1:37 pm

I need a drumset solo in 7/8. So far i have 8 measures, the first 4 starting with a tight hihat and cross sticks, and each 4 measures i get a little more intense, ending with a fairly loose hihat and lots of cymbals(not too heavy though). Does anyone have any ideas as to how to spice this thing up a little?
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Post Fri May 02, 2008 11:29 pm

Try putting a heavy drum solo, no cymbals, after the cymbal. Use this to lock in the beat divisions you want for 7/8. I would recommend a 2-2-3 division, since it's the easiest to grasp. Do some impressive tom runs and accent with snare. Then, after 8/16 measures of that, hit with the groove of the solo. Here's a couple I thought of.

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The first one is a little more groove centered, the second is more hard and fill centered. Use one of them, make up your own, mine are just suggestions.

Or, for a different direction in the beginning, keep doing the cymbal work, more involved, and start adding in some tom and snare accents, just to spice thing up. Bass drum too, just little flairs and kicks. Then, keep building, and reach to where the action is so intense, and then just let loose with a massive groove that can blast the clothes off of people. Then, immediately, bring it down to a very light level, and start developing the second portion.

I would try to take this second groove, the light one after all hell breaks loose, and just improvise over that rhythmic center. Kind of like quoting melodies for a horn player. Just keep adding things to it, more kicks and flair. Then, build up to a B section, which should have a very different feel from the previous sections. Kind of a change of pace, keeps the listener engaged and interested. It also allows for more creativity. Just something different. You ould change up the beat division, even change tempos or time signature.

That's my two cents. Hopefully someone else can comment on more ideas. Mine are just one possibility of thousands.

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Post Sun May 04, 2008 9:49 am

you're awsome man. i couldn't have asked for anything more helpful than that. thanks
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Post Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:20 pm

A great way to solo over any odd time sig is to sing a bass line or melody to yourself that's in the sig you want -- 7/8 in this case. That way you can concentrate on "musical" phrases rather than just the math. Practice the patterns you want to play also, but when comes time to solo, play over a melody that's in 7/8. (the mid-section of Tom Sawyer by Rush is a good example)
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Post Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:15 pm

Pick 7 different sounds. (HH, bd, floor tom, Ride Bell, sn, ride edge, crash)

Play all of your phrases on those sounds, in the same order. What ever rhythms you play, use those sounds in that order.

It's good to give yourself limitations to follow in a solo and then see what you can come up with.
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Post Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:45 pm

7/8 can be broken down into divisions of 3-2-2 or 2-3-2 or 2-2-3. you can also play across the time and make it sound like another meter for a minute, trick the listener into thinking it's 4/4 for a moment.
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Post Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:21 pm

I look at it as 1 2 3 +
or 1+2+3++
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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:38 am

i recently started studying notes seriously.
so that's how a 7/8 is done... :idea:
thanks guys!
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