Rhythmic Concepts:
Broken 8th Note Feel

In this lesson series, Berklee Percussion Professor Skip Hadden will break down the concepts behind the loose, broken 8th note feel in many acid jazz recordings the late 1960's / early 70's. Played by some of the world's most gifted musicians, Skip will shed light on this important drumming style – performed by jazz greats Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian and John Christensen to name a few.


Broken 8th Note Feel: A Style Overview
     – Click here for a Suggested Listening List for the Broken 8th Note Style
     – Download out a transcription of "Bird Flight" here
A Doorway to Unlocking the Broken 8th Note Feel
Getting the loose, legato feel by applying a samba pattern
     – Download the Exercises and Explanation page from Skip's Book here
Integrating Fill Measures within the Time Feel Bars
Using single sticking combinations as examples
     – Download the Rhythmic Example Pattern 1 page here
Double (“Open Roll”) Sticking Pattern Fills
Including an extensive demonstration in a musical setting
     – Download the Rhythmic Example Pattern 2 page here
More Sticking Pattern and Triple Combination Fills
Using combinations of singles, doubles and “over the bar” fill examples
     – Download the Rhythmic Example Pattern 3 page here (single/double)
     – Download the Rhythmic Example Pattern 32 page here (over the bar)

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.

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SD2 Bolero
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Broken Eighth Note Feel
Who's Counting?
2nd Edition ~ 2007

Broken Eighth Note Feel presents an organized process for achieving advanced drum set control in the jazz time feel utilizing broken eighth note phrasing.

The book draws heavily on the inspirational playing of Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, Jon Christensen, and other innovative players.