Hip Hop Grooves in In-Between Feel
Dear Friends of live hip hop drumming,
with ever increasing frequency you can listen to recordings or see concerts of bands and musicians that have a special feeling in their songs. A feeling that's somehow extremely laid-back, or strange in some way. lt's not really "even," but it isn't purely "triplet"-based either.
This phenomenon is appearing with increased regularity, especially in hip hop grooves. Students' and other drummers' interest gave us the idea of developing a method for teaching this kind of feel.
The result is in front of you.
In this book we will be presenting this contemporary and special feel found in live hip hop drumming: the "in-between" shuffle or, as we like to call it, the SWAG shuffle. "ln-between" because it's not played even (binary), but also not shuffled in a triplet feel. lt lives rather somehow, somewhere in between. Of course there's a lot of space to be found between "even" and "triplet" feel. Therefore we are not only limited to this one quintuplet-based "in-between shuffle"!
Many sequencers have featured swing quantization since their inception, measured for example in percent where 50% equates to even/binary eighth notes, 66% to triplet/ternary eighth notes. We decided to approach the in-between feel with the help of quintuplets as a quintuplet in a sequencer has a swing quantization of 60%. I n between the "even" and "swing" quantization, it represents the closest match for the SWAG shuffle.
Furthermore, with this book we want to supply you with a "translating tool" with which you can convert your favorite grooves and fills into SWAG shuffle, into this in-between feel.
Have fun practicing, experimenting and playing and making music together with other musicians!
The drummers Jan ‘Stix’ Pfennig (has worked with Sido, Marteria, Culcha Candela, Adel Tawil, Mark Forster, Afrob, Oceana, KIZ, Mono & Nikitaman, Human Sampler) and Jacob Prezmus (band member of illute and drumquadrat) have written a book that introduces the young generation to the mysteries of SWAG-Drumming. Jan ‘Stix” Pfennig experience as a lecturer at the Berlin Drum Institute and “Drumtrainer Berlin” and Jacob Prezmus teaching at workshops and as an instructor at the world-music-school Carl Orff in Rostock, as well as experiences from countless live and studio performances and workshops on the topic “modern style” and Hip Hop drumming have influenced this textbook.
The swag drumming has been a source of inspiration for countless drummers and originated from New Orleans from the traditional way of playing swing feel and has been adapted to the in-between feel of today’s hip hop and pop grooves. The swag drumming is defined as a rhythm that is between a binary and ternary rhythm and because the quintuplets are the closest to this feel, the authors have found a tangible way to explain these complex rhythms in a playful way to the drummer.
The chapters of this book lead the drummer through the different ways to learn the in-between groove, always based on an 8th-groove, which is then raised to a 16th-groove. These include: In-between-grooves with and without ghost notes, HiHat figures, accent and reading exercises, flam beats. The chapter on layered sounds is entirely dedicated to learning and training additional sounds and noises that can be played together with the backbeat on the snare. The included MP3 CD provides many useful exercises in different tempos.
With its numberless exercises this textbook is recommended for anyone who is dealing with modern musical styles or wants to deepen their knowledge of flam beats, loop sounds or simply to learn to “swag”. .
Audio Samples Swagg Drumming
16tel Groove / Ghost Note
Videos Swag Drumming
Jan "Stix" Pfennig plays Swagdrumming
Youtube Channel AMA Verlag