Here are MP3 links to rhythms in 4 in the drum class handout.

Rhythms in 4 sound files go along with the drum class handout and the Drumatic Rhythm Book.

Here it is!

Happy Drumming!

Here is a quick reminder of what those letters mean;

  • G: Gun (Goon) – bass R hand
  • D: dun (Doon) – bass L hand
  • g: go – Tone R hand
  • d: do – Tone L hand
  • p: pa – slap R hand
  • t: ta – slap L hand
  • blank space – no hit just for timing
  • C: clack – muffled slap
  • F: Flam – Both hands hit at almost the same time

This is based on Babatunde Olatunji’s unique style of notation using the
Gun – Dun – Go – Do – Pa – Ta
style of notation which is both easy to learn and works the same with either a right or left hand lead.
Easy to learn.
Easy to use.

Please let me know if you have any problems with this or if you find any “mistakes” that need correction or clarification.

If you like this and desire more please check out the class book where you will find literally hundreds of drum rhythms.

Rhythms in 4

Rhythms in 4 sound files go along with the drum class handout and the Drumatic Rhythm Book.

Count 1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &  
Or Count 1 2 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 2 3 4
Or Count 1 E & A 2 E & A 3 E & A 4 E & A
Hand R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L
                                 
Call 4 F   g d   d   d g   p t p      
                                 
Iramile G   g d   d g   G   g d   d g  
                                 
Kakilambe-1 G     d g   p   G   g   g   p  
Kakilambe-2 g d   d g   G   g   g   G   G  
Kakilambe B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Kuku-1 G   g d     p   G   g d     p  
Kuku-2 g d   t g d p   g d   t g d p  
Kuku B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Samba-1 g   g   G     d   d   d G      
Samba-2 G     d g       G     d g d    
Samba B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Moribayassa-1 p     t p   g d p     t p   g d
Moribayassa-2 G   g d G   p   G   g d G   p  
Moribayassa B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Yankadi-1 G   p t G d g   G   p   G d g  
Yankadi-2 C       g d     F   F   g d    
                                 
Syncopated-1 G   g   G   g d G   g   G   g d
Syncopated-2 g d G   g   G   g d G   g   G  
Syncopated B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Heartbeat-1 G   G           G   G   g d g d
Heartbeat-2 G     D G     D G     D G     D
                                 
Aconcon-1 G   g d   t p   G   g d   t p  
Aconcon-2 p     t p   g d p     t p   g d
Aconcon B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 

These rhythms are not to be taken as “traditional” or even as correctly notated. This is a compilation of my personal notes from the many classes that I have taken and people that I have drummed with. They are to be considered as a memory aid only. Due to the complexities and subtleties of some of these rhythms any attempt to confine them to the limits of paper can only result in a gross approximation of their true nature. If you desire to learn traditional cultural specific rhythms please find the nearest Master Drummer and attend their class. There you will learn traditional cultural specific rhythms as they are meant to be. Many thanks to all of the teachers that I have had the honor to experience on my drum journey. May your journey be magical. Enjoy!

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Bonus Rhythms in 4

Bonus rhythms in 4 sound files go along with the Drumatic Rhythm Book.

Count 1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &  
Or Count 1 2 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 2 3 4
Or Count 1 E & A 2 E & A 3 E & A 4 E & A
Hand R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L
                                 
Fanga-1 G     d   d g d G   G   p t    
Fanga-2 G     D G   g d   D   D G   p t
Fanga-Both B O T H   P A R T S   1 & 2    
                                 
Sagacious G   G   g D   D p   G t   D g d
Twisted g   g t G D p   g d   t G D p  
Ghost G   G   g d g   G     D g   g d
Sagaciously Twisted     A L L   3   P A R T S      
                                 
Macru-1 G     t   d g   G   p     d g  
Macru-2 g     t       d g   p   p     d
Macru-3 G d   d G   p   G   t   G   p  
Macru A L L   3   P A R T S          
                                 

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