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49 - DRUM PROGRAMMING WITH A HUMAN GROOVE         

From: Don Fraser
Email: www.ume.maine.edu
Date: 04-Apr-99


Get a telephone book and any cheapo cassette recorder. Write out a copy of the song lyrics, or if the song is purely instrumental music, make up some stupid lyrics you can sing to its melody. Record a take of the song on the cassette, singing at the same time as you are slapping out the KICK part with one hand on the telephone book and slapping out the SNARE part with the other hand on your thigh.Rewind the cassette. Apply ointment to your inflamed thigh. Program a one bar pattern in your drum machine and set it to the initial tempo you used for the cassette recording. Now, by whatever means possible or required, monitor the cassette tape and your drum machine at the same time and match the tempo changes on the cassette (and write on the lyric sheet where each one opccurs) by moving the tempo of that one bar on the drum machine up or down.This involves much rewinding of the cassette and punching the "play" button on the drum machine at exactly the same moment as the telephone book (the kick) is being slapped, or letting the cassette and drum machine play until they drift into sync and writing tempoo changes from that point.Usually, for a smooth feel, the tempo per bar of song should increase or decrease by only one beat per minute. If your cassette tempo is too erratic, find the section(s) that work the best and forget the rest. Once you have written out the tempo changes for a couple of verses and a chorus or two, take a good hard look at them. Certain changes will be consistent throughout the song, so if the song has fifteen verses (heavens!), you only have to work out tempo changes for the first verse and apply minor tweaks and variations to the rest. Now you can program your drum machine with tempo changes that breathe with the vocal or lead instrument rather than having to bend things to fit a stiff rhythm track. Make copious notes and, after a while, you can begin to apply your favorite tempo changes to songs without all of the arduous work. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, one bar is more work to input than a four-bar loop when writing a song to your machine, but the tempo and "feel" flexibility more than outweigh the bother.


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