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5 Minute Jazz Hands: Intro and 90 BPM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

For years I’ve been struggling to find an all-encompassing warmup that doesn’t take too long. So I created one that gets me fully ready to play in just 5 minutes, and also warms me up using language and rudiments I’ll end up using on my gigs.

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Ruff into Bass Drum Lick

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

This is my favorite way to play a Charlie Parker “turn” on the drums.

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Rhythmic Anchors

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Vocabulary | 5 comments

We practice our coordination, and play the patterns out of the great jazz drum books, but when it comes time to play something on our own….

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Brush Flourishes

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

These sounds are important to playing brushes, and they have lots of variations. These are some of the most common ones.

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The Dribbling Game

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Technique | 2 comments

Finger control is one of the hardest things to develop. It’s the final frontier of hand technique. But before worrying about working through pages and pages of 16th note exercises, try approaching it like you probably approached your favorite sport as a kid.

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The Lamer the Gig, the Better I Get

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

We’ve all played them. The gig that seemingly never ends, and is torture on our very souls. It’s not fun, nor creative, nor inspiring, and it makes you question how you ended up here.

I love those gigs.

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Quick Hit: 3 Comping Levels

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

This is a philosophy of mine that has helped me separate my comping phrases into paths that serve the music better. Pretty easy to apply, and can make each tune breathe more.

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