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 Back to tapping - some cool polypatterns by Trey Gunn 
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Post Back to tapping - some cool polypatterns by Trey Gunn
Yesterday I saw that Bass Player had recently done an article about Trey Gunn and posted a couple of video lessons. You can see the lessons at:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid27295272001

It's actually a cool exercise in polypatterns. Greg Howard has been know to teach these at some seminars and also covers it at the end of chapter 7 of the Stick Book. Drummers practice these all the time as well. It basically involves a pattern x number of beats long in one hand against a pattern y number of beats long in the other and you have to go around a number of times before they both cycle around to 1 again. How many times depends on how complicated you get.

In the Stick Book, Greg does some cool 3 against 2 patterns. In the video example, Gunn plays one of his own tunes that is made up of a 4 against 7 polypattern.

Use both of these resources to get the idea and then start making some up of your own. You can do some really cool things but it takes some practice to get the hang of doing it on "automatic."

NOTE: In the video, Gunn is tuned in 5ths all the way across so it'll be tough to play the tune "as is." I made up a variation playing the bass up a string and further toward the nut and in the melody, dropping the upper note in the double stops making the entire melody a pattern of single notes.

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Post Re: Back to tapping - some cool polypatterns by Trey Gunn
Cool. Thanks for posting the link. The First Day and One Thousand Years really inspired me to pursue the Stick.

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rob5280 wrote:
Cool. Thanks for posting the link. The First Day and One Thousand Years really inspired me to pursue the Stick.


The same for me! One Thousand years is one of my fave album feat. the Stick. Don't like so much the followers (but not because he plays no longer the Stick) ;) :lol:

Cool video. To watch and listen at normal speed, it sounds incredible and difficult to play, but analyzed at slower speed, it's rather simple in fact. Nice little piece to work!

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Post Re: Back to tapping - some cool polypatterns by Trey Gunn
NICE!!!!! It's funny ... to me it seems HARDER when he plays it slow! :o :)

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Trey is great, but very creepy. I think he spent too much time hanging around R. Fripp. :)


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Post Re: Back to tapping - some cool polypatterns by Trey Gunn
Jim B. wrote:
Trey is great, but very creepy. I think he spent too much time hanging around R. Fripp. :)

:lol: ... LOL ... Maybe they see the same shrink? :o :twisted:

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