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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 5: Modes

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Again, I’m skipping a bunch of pieces and just hitting the essentials. This time it’s Modes. What are they? How are they created? How are they used? The major scale is at the center of it all.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 4: Relative Minor

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

In this video, I tackle the concept of “minor” and how it actually is derived from that major scale i’ve been preaching about. 😉

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 3: The Major Scale (& why it’s so important)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Let’s break down how to create a major scale, but more importantly, I’m going to explain why it is the Single Most Important element in understanding jazz harmony.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 2: Keys

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Performance | 2 comments

Jazz tunes change keys a lot. A….LOT. So let’s first understand how a “key” works, and how to identify the 12 Major Keys.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers Introduction

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

This course will walk you through the fundamentals of jazz theory and harmony, and help you understand what is going on in jazz standards so you won’t get lost, so you’ll be able to shape and phrase on a whole new level.

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Understanding Form: Odd Forms, Part 2

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

In this final lesson on “Understanding Form,” I’m gonna cover a handful of other jazz tunes that have weird or “odd” forms at first glance, but can still be broken down in simple terms.

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Triplet Brush Fill

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

This one comes from my lessons with Vernel Fournier. He showed me this little move on the back of a magazine cover.

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