“My Wave” – Soundgarden – 1994 – Matt Cameron – 126 bpm
This month’s groove is comes to us from Soundgarden’s 1994 masterpiece Superunknown. Matt Cameron is a master of odd time signatures and “My Wave” is the perfect doorway in for a student new to that concept.
This is what I call an additive odd time beat. It feels like a 4/4 beat plus one extra beat. The dominant hand plays quarter notes on the floor tom in the verse or on the crash cymbal during the chorus. Bass drum is on count 1, Snare on count 2, bass on 2& and 3&, snare on 4, and then bass on 4&. Count 5 is essentially a repeat of count 4 with snare on 5 and bass on 5&. This is what gives it the ‘additive’ feel.
I’ve wanted to do a Matt Cameron tune on Groove Of The Month for a while now, and I’ve delayed it for a while because I’m trying to have more diversity on the channel. I think it’s pretty obvious what I like and what era I grew up in by watching this series, and I would like it to be more encompassing. When I ask for suggestions every month it is because I am trying to break out of my listening patterns.
I am also acutely aware that way too often these videos have been made in the wake of an artist passing away. Bowie, Prince, Nick Menza of Megadeth, Clyde Stubblefield, and now Chris Cornell. I nearly passed up doing ‘My Wave” now to avoid this pattern, but I wanted to address an issue surrounding the discussion of Cornell’s death.
I’m an addict and I and have depression. These diseases make your brain work in ways that betray you, and create a compulsion to do things while you are telling yourself that you don’t want to do them. It is important to recognize that suicide doesn’t happen because someone is sad, it happens because someone has something wrong with their brain. Treating these diseases is tricky and even when someone has all the help and support in the world, sometimes the disease still wins it still wins. Please don’t chalk Chris Cornell’s suicide up to ‘We’ll never know what was in his head’, because Chris Cornell did not kill himself, his diseases killed him. If you’re battling these diseases in silence, please get help. There are many people willing to help./
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To our long term viewers I want to let you know that the sparseness of the channel and website over the last few months has been in major part due to some extra work I picked up that is ending soon. I have lots of things planned and home to start posting more often again this summer. Thanks for hangin’ in there with me. Let’s hit it.
Groove of the month is a monthly column dedicated to drumset beats that generally do not fall into my standard teaching patterns. They tend to be interesting beats that function on a few different levels, that way the beat can be used with many different students for many different reasons