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Freedom In Odd Time

Marco Minnemann  /  UPDATED Aug 12, 2023

Did you know you can compare layering odd meters to a pizza? It’ll all make sense when you watch this full hour lesson with master of interdependence, Marco Minnemann!

Odd time signatures should feel natural, and Marco talks about how to “make yourself at home”, break down odd meters, and count them in a comfortable way (like humming the subdivisions and making the counting musical). It’s much easier to build freedom when you can find the groupings that make the most sense to you.

Marco’s style is especially cool because he often preserves the backbeat, even though he’s working in odd time signatures.

Lesson Index:
0:26 – SONG: “Scavengers” by In Continuum
4:05 – Introduction
10:30 – SONG: “Drum For Your Life”
14:27 – Breaking it down
25:00 – Groove #1
26:12 – Groove #3
27:00 – Groove #4
28:46 – Groove #5
31:07 – Groove #6
49:59 – Solo

Get this lesson’s grooves in a PDF right here.

Check out Marco’s course on Drumeo Edge, where you’ll learn how to build freedom using combinations.

Marco plays:
DW Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Evans Drumheads
Promark Drumsticks

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Marco Minnemann is a brilliant drummer, composer, and guitarist. He came to prominence due to his incredible facility on the drums and extreme level of independence. This led him to putting out two educational books and various DVDs, and performing at some of the best drum festivals in the world like PASIC, Modern Drummer Festival, Montreal Drumfest, and The Ultimate Drummers Weekend. Marco is a highly creative and engaged musician, having released over 15 solo albums and worked with artists such as Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Eddie Jobson, Steven Wilson, Trey Gunn, Kreator, Necrophagist, Adrian Belew, Nena, Udo Lindenberg, Mike Keneally, Andy Partridge, FFW, Gianna Nannini, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin.

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