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I thank Kim Atkinson for Sharing His Spirit with us in such a way that we can all become better players and facilitators
Another extremely useful feature is that a different syllable is assigned not only to each different drum sound, but also to each hand making the sound. Thus, by learning to speak the rhythm, students also learn the proper "sticking" at the same time.
I enjoyed the arrangements so much that I even adopted the Afoxe rhythms for use with my Brazilian Bateria. We now play the same Afoxe patterns on Surdos, Repeniques, and Caixas."
1) Connect the Syllables to Drum Strokes
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.
If you need to review the syllables, hand positions and sounds on your drum, click here.
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.