World Fusion Drumming

Skip Hadden has been performing and recording with various artists since 1968, including Michael Bocian, Ira Sullivan, Ernie Krivda, Sonny Stitt, Bill DeArango, John Abercrombie, Ed Saindon, Eddie Gomez, and Kenny Werner. In addition, he can be heard with Weather Report on Mysterious Traveler, This Is Jazz 10, Weather Report, and the recent recording Reverence with Michael Bocian, Dewey Redman, and Cameron Brown on the ENJA label.

Skip is a Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of four books: World Fusion Drumming, published by Alfred Publications, and The Beat, The Body, & The Brain II, Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel, Profiles In Jazz Drumming, published by Who's Counting? Publications. His books are used by numerous educators and institutions and are also required texts of the Berklee Percussion Department curriculum.

What is World Fusion Drumming?
The "Mix N Match" Method
Steps 1 & 2 / Establishing the Feel and Time Bars
Step 3 / Combining the Feel and Time Bars
Synthesizing the Brazilian Percussion Section
Changing the Hi-Hat Pattern to Vary the Feel
Samba Plus: Incorporating the Cascara Rhythm
Getting the most out of learning new rhythms
Applying the Baião bass drum rhythm
Baião plus: Applying the cascara rhythm
The Songo bass drum rhythm
The Songo: Applying the Cascara rhythm to the Time Bar
Adding Depth to Your Groove: Applying 'Close-Open' Bass Drum Sounds
Recommendations for listening
Triplet Based Rhythms: Naniñgo / Bembe
Nañigo / Bembe in time and feel bars
Applying fills with the Nañigo / Bembe time bars
Applying the Double Paradiddle/Paradiddle-diddle for a jazz feel
The Shuffle Feel

The 6/4 Samba

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Skip's Vic Firth implement of choice:
SD2 Bolero
Round tip. Perfect for light jazz‚ studio‚ orchestral and pit work.
L = 15 3/4" | Dia. = .635"
  click here to download a larger image of the SD2

Rhythmic Concepts Using the Beat, the Body, and the Brain

World Fusion Drumming combines the energy and feel of rock, Latin, and world music with the technique and improvisational skills of jazz. Within the formats of samba, baião, songo, nañigo, shuffle, and 6/4 rhythms (the beat), this book explains how to combine the applicable instruments (the body) and explains what's going on (the brain). This approach uses any one of the aforementioned rhythms as a gateway to unlock the essence of drumming through enhanced drum set control. CD included.

From the Introduction:

"What is Fusion Drumming? Is it the blending of Jazz and Rock rhythms mixed together or is it something else or something more? For the purpose of this book, I see it as all music/rhythms from around the world joined together in any combination to help you execute your ides and better communicate them in whatever music you play.

"Take the bass like rhythms from Samba and Baião from Brazil and Songo from Cuba, you will explore how you can develop control of your hands and feet using 1/8th and 1/16th notes. The Nañigo, an Afro-Cuban rhythm, as well as Shuffle and Half Time Shuffle rhythms from here in the United States, will also be used to help you gain greater control of your instrument through the development of 1/8th triplets. Returning to rhythms of Brazil, you will use the 6/4 Samba and construct distinctly different grooves with the same stickings using basic building blocks of rhythm, groups of twos and threes."