BEAT 9A- Analysis
What vertical traits does this beat have?
- Beats 1 and 3 of each measure contain a snare-bass drum combination (either A or B).
- Beats 2 and 4 of each measure contain a DnB rudiment (either #16 or #6).
- Overall, this beat has a very “symmetrical” vertical sound.
And what about the horizontal traits? The ride layer does not state the downbeats – most of the groupings of notes begin on the “ands” of beats.
But the snare and bass layers do state the down beat.
So (with respect to points #4 and # 5 above) the three major layers of this beat, the ride and snare/bass layers together, convey different horizontal feels.
Finally, both the first and last accented snare hits are coordinated with ride layer hits. This could be a point where something different happens.
BEAT 9A – Application
So, based on the analysis we have, the following are a few ways to show off the different characteristics of this beat. Notice that even though the instrumentation or even the overall sound may change, it is still basically the same hand/foot combinations. The original beat is just built up, bit by bit.