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Applying Bird’s Language

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

As we round the corner and head home on this Charlie Parker course, here’s a look at a practical application of taking one of his licks and applying the stickings, voicing, and phrasing ideas discussed in previous lessons.

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Bird on the Drums: the Third Hand

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Incorporating the bass drum as a “third hand” adds an important layer of depth to these Parker phrases.

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Bird on the Drums: Common Stickings

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

When working on Charlie Parker’s language, there are a handful of great rhythms he relies on. Here are some stickings to accompany those rhythms to help you apply them more easily to the kit.

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Bird on the Drums: Ornithology

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

I’ve done a ton of talking about all the different elements involved in applying Bird to the drums. So this time, I shut up. And just played “Ornithology” at several tempos.

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Elvin’s Triplet Brush Lick

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

This is an easy one to add, and at the right tempo (medium), it swings like crazy.

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Bird’s “Cheryl:” Full Kit

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Let’s move this to the kit and see just how much mileage we can get out of Charlie Parker’s 12-bar melody.

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Bird’s “Cheryl:” Snare Drum

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Now that we’ve taken a simple Charlie Parker melody for a spin, let’s crank it up just a notch. This is a great blues head with some nice twists and turns.

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