A Clean Car and a Coordination Challenge

Simon DringBlog

If you ever play with a party (or “function”) band, you will at some point come across “Car Wash” by Rose Royce.

Hear it here:

It begins with a repeating handclap pattern. I play this with my left hand on a electronic pad to the left of the hi-hat. You could try it on an extra snare to the left of the hi-hats, or even with the right hand on a tom.

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We then add the classic open-close “disco hi-hats”. Firstly, here they are on their own:

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And with the handclap part:

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Next we add the bass drums on 1 and 3. Here are the bass drums and the hi-hats:

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And now with the handclap part as well:

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The final part is never actually played in the song as the handclap part changes and plays with the snare on beats 2 and 4. However, for fun, we’ll try and put it all together: hi-hats, bass drums, snare drums, handclaps.

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This is 4-way coordination, so a bit tricky. Take your time and make sure all the notes you lay that should be together, are precisely together!

Download the pdf here: A Clean Car and a Coordination Challenge

PS sorry about the terrible pun in the title of this post. I have no excuses.