Παρασκευή, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2013
Gavin Harrison - Hot Licks
In this song, Harrison starts with another cool funk groove that makes great use of dynamics and hi-hat openings, and ends with a six-stroke-roll fill. At the chorus, he moves his right hand to his ride cymbal, and uses his left hand to play the open hi-hats. This disk has lots of odd-time sections, and in this song, there’s a part that alternates measures of 9/8 and 8/8, though you can just as easily think of the second measure as 4/4. The second time through the pattern Harrison plays a sparser pattern on a sloshy hi-hat, and adds some double bass ruffs to raise the difficulty level even higher.
Harrison plays a simple snare pickup into his funky verse groove. This part feels great because of his perfect time, and tasteful use of buzzes, ghost notes, and hi-hat openings. “It’s basically a heavy Bonham kind of groove,” Harrison says. “I like to add in little embellishments in a subtle way just to keep it moving along.” The pre-chorus and chorus have an unusual three-measure phrase length that somehow doesn’t sound that odd. Notice how he plays the cymbal accents in the pre-chorus, and then fills the same pattern with more bass drum notes in the chorus.
The first time I heard this cool fill, I replayed it about six times. But until I slowed it down, I could have sworn each bass drum riff started with a rest, and only had three notes in it. At half speed I thought I could make out a softer first note that makes the pattern even more difficult. But after running the transcription past Harrison, we had to reverse course yet again. “It does start with a rest,” he clarified. “There are two kick drum notes and one floor tom note before the snare accents. A difficult one to notate. I think it’s quite unusual to start a fill with a thirty-second-note rest, so probably your mind just sticks one in just to keep from going crazy!
These two fills lead into two different churuses of this haunting song. File these under absolutely incredible!
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