If you can say it – you can play it!
These tracks are my vocal adaptations of the patterns played by the different instruments in the ensemble.
SOR 1 Afoxe, track 14. Voices + Drums
SOR 2 Bembe, track 13. Vocal Ensemble – Lesson Summary
SOR 3 Djesse Muloumbo, track 17. Vocal Ensemble – Lesson Summary
SOR 4 Yan Valu, track 15. Vocal & Drum Ensemble – Lesson Summary
SOR 5 Hi life, track 12. Vocal Ensemble – Lesson Summary
SOR 6 Makuta, track 12. Vocal Ensemble – Lesson Summary
• Speaking of Rhythm deeply involves YOU in the process of learning and expressing rhythm. You will learn to hold three contrasting parts : voice, feet and hands. This mimics the parts of the ensemble and you deeply feel how music works.
• Speaking of Rhythm is a fun and challenging game : lean where voice, hand claps and feet all interact in sequences of conjunction and opposition. You go at your own rate.
Practice each drum stroke separately and speak the syllable as you hit the drum. Do this many times – you’re learning a kinesthetic language – connecting your voice and your hands.
2) Speak Drum Language – Make Sentences:
Now learn the syllables for a drum pattern (for example, the tumba for Afoxé). Go slowly. Speak the sounds out loud and learn to say them effortlessly so they feel like a sentence.
3) Orient Yourself – Syllables with the Pulse:
Next, clap the pulse while speaking the syllables. This will show you how the drum part (via the syllables) relates to the main beat.
4) Make a Sentence with your Hands:
Now that you’ve learned a sentence in drum language map the vocal sounds to hand positions on the drum. (You can do this without a drum, but make sure you’re saying the syllables out-loud. You can practice this on a table, your body, anywhere).
5) Say the Sentence On the drum:
Say and play the drum rhythm. Notice that the drum is saying what the voice is saying and the voice is saying what the drum is playing.