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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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Rolls and Fills within the Time, Part 3: Extensions & Elvinisms

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

In this final installment of the series on dropping in some rolls without disrupting the time, let’s look at adding a beat and investigating why it sounds different when Elvin does it (like everything else he does).

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Understanding Form: ABAC, Part 1

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

It’s the cousin of AABA, so you’ll notice lots of similarities. However, those similarities have a way of making us miss the few parts that are different…and important.

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Understanding Form: AABA Analysis of Joshua Redman’s “Remember,” Part 3

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

In this lesson, we’ll finish out the saxophone solo and make some connections about how the whole band starts, develops, and finishes a conversation by using the form.

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Rolls and Fills within the Time, Part 2: Phrasing Tips

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Once the stickings are comfortable, it’s time to make them sound like music, not like an exercise.

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