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Rhumba, Part 1

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Joe asked me to break down this groove by Art Taylor.

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Alan Dawson’s Comping, Part 3: 3-Beat Phrase

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

In this last installment of the lesson request sent in by Doug, I’m gonna break down another phrase Alan demonstrates. This one is a cool foot-foot-hand pattern.

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Understanding Form: AB, Part 2

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

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Understanding Form: AB, Part 1

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

The old guard called these “tunes.” They’re short and sweet, and were really popular in the 50’s and 60’s. Let’s look into the things that define this form, and the one target we should be aiming for.

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Alan Dawson’s Comping Vocabulary, Part 2: Practicing

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

“Oh great. MORE licks that I don’t know what to do with.” If that was your reaction to me telling you it’s all about who you apply it as a language, then this lesson is for you.

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Alan Dawson’s Uptempo Comping, Part 1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Doug asked me to check out an audio clip of Alan Dawson demonstrating some ways to use the hi-hat by playing the songs “Oleo.” In this first lesson, I break down the core cells that make up the vocabulary he’s using – and explain how they’re all related.

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Understanding Form: ABAC, Part 2

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

Now that we’ve checked out the main structure of ABAC, let’s look at 2 forms known for giving musicians trouble that are variations of the ABAC:

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