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Rolls Part 1: Buzz Roll

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

There’s lot of confusion about the difference between a buzz roll and a press roll (are they the same thing??). I’m gonna break down the differences, and how to execute them. First, let’s start with the buzz roll:

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Footprints, Part 2: Metric Modulations

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

Tony was one of the pioneers for introducing metric modulation into jazz. Footprints provides an excellent platform to do work on some of the more common ones.

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Footprints, Part 1: Approaching the Groove

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

This Wayne Shorter classic can be interpreted in dozens of ways. That can create some confusion and second-guessing when it comes to the pocket. So let’s identify some of the defining characteristics of this tune.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 9: the Finishing Touches

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

This last part can make or break this search for new “modern” vocabulary. It’s what I hear in Tony’s playing, Gadd’s playing, Blade’s playing, that I don’t hear in most people’s playing who attempt this.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 8: The Tony Williams Filter

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Let’s take a look at a series of approaches he would often use to come up with this unique language. I call it the “Tony Williams Filter.”

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 7: Extended Phrases (Feet)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

After the lengthy and detailed breakdown of how to approach inserting vocabulary with the hands, this one’s short and sweet: How to incorporate the feet into all that work with the hands.

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Directional Brushes: Vertical, Diagonal, & Horizontal

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

Brushes afford us the opportunity to create 3-dimensional (as I like to call it) sounds with phrases we already know. And it’s all about direction.

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