New Orleans Drumming
Drum Kit
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In between songs, while on parade, the solo snare drummer continues playing 'cadences'. They were played snares-off on the way to the cemetery and snares-on returning home. Early recorded cadences are fine examples of New Orleans rolling, timing and use of flams. (Fig. 1-5a and 1-6 taken from "SECOND LINE", more figures in the book).
In playing these cadences, the timing is basically straight but with New Orleanean looseness which adds a slight triplet feel. Second Line drummers manipulate their timing by means of rolls and accents. Fig. 1-6 shows a much used, accented eighth note run (in bars 2 and 7) as played by Paul Barbarin.

When the bandleader decides to pick up the playing, by sounding a few theme notes on his trumpet, the snare plays another 8 bars of cadence, serving as the introduction to the coming song. In the last two bars of the intro the bass drum joins in and sets the proper tempo to kick of the band. Eight bars of solo parade style drumming eventually became a standard introduction to many traditional type songs, like "Bourbon Street Parade".
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