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Rhythmic Anchors

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Vocabulary | 3 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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Brush Comping Within the Time

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Technique | 4 comments

Toni is one of our members, and he’s struggling with how to comp more on the brushes with it messing up his brush pattern. Here’s how I solved that riddle

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The Philly Joe Jones “Gallop”

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

Ever wonder how great drummers like Philly Joe Jones can play brushes so freakin’ fast?? Well, he’s got a little secret.

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