'The Knowledge' is our resource for producers that dig original vinyl. The 3rd in the series is Ride Breaks: that moment when the drummer moves his right hand* over to the ride cymbal instead of the high-hat to switch up the dynamic.
There's so much diversity in a ride break. At slow tempos it can offer ultimate jazzy chill-factor, or at speed and playing the bell of the cymbal, it can be a psych freak-out. We've provided plenty of sources for you to discover, for example:
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Available for a nominal charge**, 'Ride Breaks' is a PDF file with the original sources for over 70 personally-selected ride cymbal drum breaks.
So you can hear what you're looking for before you head down to the record shop (or if you don't even own a turntable but love samples), when you download the 'Ride Breaks' PDF you'll also get a FREE bonus download: a folder of all the breaks as .WAV files... try before you buy!
As these are copyrighted recordings belonging to the original artists and labels, we recommend to use them for fun (they are GREAT to play along to for instrumentalists and songwriters)- if you do sample them in music you stand to profit from, then do the right thing and track down the rightsholders.
*Sorry to discriminate against left-handed drummers...
**We obviously understand the irony of there being a charge for a download that includes copyrighted sounds. We're not aiming to get rich here, it's a nominal charge to help with the upkeep of the site. We hope you understand!