View Full Version : Lesson #051 - Warfinger Explanation

05-09-2007, 09:33 PM
One of my favorite moments of the Planet X gigs, was this bridge section riff in Warfinger. It had such a great funky feel to it, and we always managed to take it somewhere. The "Live From Oz" cd has a great bass solo by Dave LaRue over this vamp. Tony and I would always make eye contact to make sure we kept it tight and grooving.

Here it is, in all it's various forms.

The most important thing to learn in this section, is the rhythm of the bass and guitar riff. Here it is with a quarter note hi-hat. It is best to play it this way, until you can feel the triplet rhythm with the bass drum.

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Groove with quarter note triplet hi hat. This is how I play it on the PX recordings. The hi hat is playing 1/4 note triplets, accenting every second beat.

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This is the development, where I catch the ensemble hits with the snare drum.

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..and here is a transcription of this video lesson version. This transcription includes the 1/4 left foot hi-hat part, which is very important, and allows you to anchor a strong 1/4 note feel to support the syncopated rhythm:

Quarter - HiHat

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Keyboard Hits

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Triplet Hi-Hats

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<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">For part 1 of Warfinger explanation, click here. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/explanation-warfinger1.wmv)

<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">For part 2 of Warfinger explanation, click here. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/explanation-warfinger2.wmv)