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    I have a used Meinl hand hammered cowbell on the way from Ebay. I was wondering what uses for cowbell and cowbell grooves you might suggest. Minus the over used and joked about classic rock quarter notes groove?
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    Anything Latin based, funky, or R&B's based. Sky is the limit.

    all the best...

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    Son Clave, Rumba Clave, 6/8 bell pattern...They all rock on the cow bell!
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    Lisa, the Mozambique rhythm is also a popular one a lot of guys used. Steve Gadd brought it to the forefront back in the 80's with Paul Simon's, "Late in the Evening".

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7OPcZxp30g"]YouTube - Paul Simon Late In The Evening[/ame]
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    Here he is featuring it on drumset (including cowbell) in a clinic in LA a few years back:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCdeKmHwK30"]YouTube - Steve Gadd - Mozambique - Clinic Los Angeles[/ame]
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    Thanks to all of you. I really appreciate the input. I must admit I have the Groove Essentials DVD but never bothered with the Mozambique. Maybe I should consider taking the time with it. Not sure I have the independent coordination to pull it off.

    I love the clave stuff and learned it a while back but I usually play that part using cross sticks. If you play it on cowbell instead then do you do anything with the snare or just keep time on the hats?

    I really want to incorporate the bell in some funk grooves like Kay-gee mentioned and hopefully find a place to work it in at church. I really love the Latin beats but don't have an outlet to use them.
    Lisa

    Psalm 150:5
    Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.


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    I like it syncopated and funky

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    With funk grooves, leave a space for the snare drum. You can take any kind of syncopated right hand thing and leave a space at the 2 and 4, then make a cowbell groove out of it.

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    This may sound weird but check out Procol Harum's "Whiskey Train" and "Poor Mohammed"-B.J.Wilson on drums. Great use of the cowbell.

    Slinglander

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    Keysanddrums, great point. I am going to play with this concept and have fun with it.

    SLinglander, I will certainly check out these songs. Much appreciated.


    Thank you both so much!!!
    Lisa

    Psalm 150:5
    Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.


    Drummer at Baptist church
    I like it syncopated and funky

    Yamaha Hipgig
    Zildjian Special Dry ride
    Zildjian Constantinople crash
    Paiste 2002 hats
    Promark Crystal Ball beater

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    Funky stickings I was doing some of that earlier today on a cowbell and it sounded pretty sweet.
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    Okay, I got the sticking pattern on the Mozambique down fairly well. A couple utube tutorials didn't hurt.

    Now, where does the kick drum go, typically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rat a tat tat View Post
    I have a used Meinl hand hammered cowbell on the way from Ebay. I was wondering what uses for cowbell and cowbell grooves you might suggest. Minus the over used and joked about classic rock quarter notes groove?
    Look into some New Orleams grooves , I think you will like them too .
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonefishin View Post
    Look into some New Orleams grooves , I think you will like them too .
    Cool thought! I love New Orlean's drum traditions!!!

    and about the Mozambique... send me a message with your address and I can email you the full notation. The bass is on 2 and 4.
    Lisa

    Psalm 150:5
    Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.


    Drummer at Baptist church
    I like it syncopated and funky

    Yamaha Hipgig
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    Zildjian Constantinople crash
    Paiste 2002 hats
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    Another sweet one that i really like is Travis Barker's beat for the verses in Blink 182's "I'm Fellin This" It's awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fades Away View Post
    Another sweet one that i really like is Travis Barker's beat for the verses in Blink 182's "I'm Fellin This" It's awesome!

    I listened to the song and I love the cowbell groove in the chorus. Now can I figure out what the heck he is playing.
    Lisa

    Psalm 150:5
    Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.


    Drummer at Baptist church
    I like it syncopated and funky

    Yamaha Hipgig
    Zildjian Special Dry ride
    Zildjian Constantinople crash
    Paiste 2002 hats
    Promark Crystal Ball beater

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