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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 14: ii V to the IV

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

As we get into identifying some of the common progressions (so you can learn to hear them), we’re gonna start with one of the most common moves.

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Quick Hit: Philly Joe “Locomotion” Lick

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another “Quick Hit” (something easy to pick up and use), this time it’s a Philly Joe Jones lick.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 13: Common Turnarounds

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

Now let’s get into learning to identify some of the most common harmonic movements in a jazz tune. First up: The Turnaround. What it is, what it sounds like, and a few of the most common variations.

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Practical Jazz Theory For Drummers, Part 12: Minor Keys

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

I want to touch on minor keys briefly so you know what to look for that is different than major keys.

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Hey Blade, Shut the Front Door!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s an easy but highly effective comp I picked up from Brian Blade.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 11: Tonicization

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Tonicization. That’s a mouthful. Basically, it’s how and why there are so many chord changes in jazz songs. Understanding – and hearing – changes as setting up and resolving to different places allows us to phrase around them. That’s what the horn player and pianist and bassist are doing. So should we.

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Medium Tempo Soloing: Changing Rates

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized, Vocabulary | 0 comments

This is a pattern I noticed when transcribing a bunch of medium tempo drum solos. These tempos can be quite challenging for us, and once I picked up on this little creative approach, it allowed me to tell a better story when I solo.

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