Core Bell Parts

If you only ever learn a handful of bell parts, make it these...

The following are some core bell parts which crop up in lots of rhythms:
[where x=bell, X=loud bell, .=rest]

120bpm 4/4  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Cowbell     X...X...X...X...   (Pocket cowbell, played 'in the pocket')

Woodblock   ..xx..xx..xx..xx

The next one demonstrates "fruit language" - the number of syllables shows the note length so you can speak the rhythm:

  1. Pear = 1 syllable
  2. Mango = 2 syllables
  3. Pineapple = 3 syllables
  4. Avocado = 4 syllables
3:2 Bell    X..X..X...X.X...   ("Pineapple Pineapple Avocado Mango Avocado")
2:3 Clave   ..X.X...X..X..X.
1&a2&a3&a4&a
x.x.xx.x.x.x