OFF THE BEAT

Posted By : DrumsetDan13
Piece Title : Off the Beat
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Level : HS/College
Composer / Arranger : Ainspan, Dan
Composer / Arranger Details:

Dan is currently in his second year at SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Music Industry and minoring in Audio Production. He is from the Albany area, and has been playing percussion since elementary school. He has played in many different ensembles, including the SUNY Oneonta Jam Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the Hartwick/Oneonta Rock Orchestra. Dan has also played in the Capital Region’s Empire State Youth Orchestras for 4 years, and was selected as a NYSSMA All-state Alternate in the Spring of 2009 and 2010. Dan has also played in his high school’s jazz band, orchestra, wind ensemble, and pep band.


In the spring of 2012, Dan was voted to be President of the Drag N’ Rolls Drumline. Within the next couple of years, Dan hopes to have the SUCO Drumline ready to play for various sporting events and community events on and off campus. Dan is also a member of the Audio Production Engineering Club. Dan is currently in the Classical Percussion Ensemble and has been taking marimba and drumset lessons with Dr. Julie Licata and Blake Fleming. Dan has also studied under Dr. Joe Pignato, Richard Albagli, John Antonio, and drummer Joey Pucci from Joey Pucci and the American Longboards.


Dan is always looking for opportunities to play or for studio work and other projects.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Snare Drum
Instrument / Discipline : Snare Drum Solo
Instrumentation : Snare Drum
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : N/A
Written for / Commissioned by : Inspired by Blake Fleming (Teacher)
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Dan Ainspan
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Dan Ainspan
Publishers Website :ainspandrums.wordpress.com
Publisher Details : Drummer/Percussionist
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2012 /  2012
Duration :1Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :danainspan.com/portfolio/off-the-beat/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

The whole idea of “Off the Beat” is that midway through the song, the beat literally becomes “off.” That is, the beat switches. What would normally be your downbeat now becomes the upbeat. This is because of the meter change to 3/8. I have included an audio of myself playing the song over the kit, with the the bass drum on the upbeats and the hi-hat on the downbeats. This makes it easier to recognize the switch, and also helps develop the timing of the piece. As you listen to the 3/8 bar and onward, notice how the hi-hat changes to become the downbeat, and the bass drum is then on the upbeats, or on the “ands.” I could have switched the meter back again as to preserve the normal upbeat of the piece, but I chose not to. I think it grooves!

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