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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 8: 4-Note Chords

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Here’s where it gets jazzy. Once jazz composers stared adding 7ths onto every chord is when the jazz language took on a life of its own.

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Quick Hit: Clack Tinga Da Boom

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Kind of a weird one. I was shedding and stumbled across this lick. I wanted to capture it for myself, and then figured “Hey, why don’t I share it with my students?”

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 7: Chords of the Major Scale

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Let’s put our knowledge of Keys/Modes together with our understanding of 3-note chords to build a chord off every major scale. (Probably the most important piece to understanding jazz harmony).

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 6: 3-Note Chords

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

All those big, crunchy jazz chords we hear are based on the same fundamental structures: 3-notes chords. Learning these makes learning those big ones far less scary.

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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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