What are we learning?
In this episode of Beat Breakdown, we'll be learning the beat to Charlotte Dos Santos- Red Clay. This song is an original take on the Jazz Standard by Freddie Hubbard, so be sure to check out some other versions too, including the Jose James banger: Park Bench People
Break it down.
The beat to this version of Red Clay has some really interesting phrasing ideas that push the back beat around the bar. In bar 1 the back beat is on beat '3', bar 2 it's on beat '2+', bar 3 it's on '2' and '4' and bar 4 it's on '2' and '3+'. This creates a displaced feel with a lot of groove! Watch out for the rests when reading the notation and the open hi-hat pattern complimenting the back beat!
This beat creates the backbone of the song, so download the free sheet music below and once you've got these 4 bars down, experiment with different texture options and see what you can come up with!
Transcription: Beat Breakdown- Charlotte Dos Santos - Red Clay