I call this embellishment the ‘Zip 6’ because it’s a useful tool when a groove or fill needs a little ‘zip,’ but not too much. The ‘6’ refers to the sticking – three alternating double strokes (played as 32nd notes). It can be started with either hand and can be used almost anywhere there are three consecutive 16th notes. I usually voice the Zip 6 across the hi-hat, ride cymbal and snare drum because the articulation is cleaner, but with some experimentation it can be used on other drums. Before we get started, be sure to download the transcriptions of the grooves. Following are a few video demonstrations of some possible applications for the Zip 6.
Ex. 1 The basic fill
Ex. 2 Variation of Ex. 1 played
Ex. 3 Variation of Ex. 1
Ex. 4 Back-to-back Zip 6’s
Ex. 5 Variation played on the ride
Ex. 6 Variation with no backbeat
Ex. 7 Four-bar phrase with half-
time samba foot ostinato
Ex. 8 Variation of Ex. 7 played with
a swing feel
Ex. 9 Combination of all 8 grooves
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