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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 11: Tonicization

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Tonicization. That’s a mouthful. Basically, it’s how and why there are so many chord changes in jazz songs. Understanding – and hearing – changes as setting up and resolving to different places allows us to phrase around them. That’s what the horn player and pianist and bassist are doing. So should we.

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Medium Tempo Soloing: Changing Rates

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized, Vocabulary | 0 comments

This is a pattern I noticed when transcribing a bunch of medium tempo drum solos. These tempos can be quite challenging for us, and once I picked up on this little creative approach, it allowed me to tell a better story when I solo.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 10: Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Now let’s order all these chords in a manner that tells a story. You might recognize some of the “lingo” I use, because your jazz musician buddies say these all the time. Now you’ll know that they are talking about. And can start to hear them yourselves.

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Elvin on “Deluge”

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

Got a lesson request for a closer look into what Elvin is playing on the Wayne Shorter tune “Deluge.” It’s on the album “Juju.”

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 9: Alterations

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Here’s a short lesson on what all those little things like “b9” “#11” and “b13” mean, and how important they are.

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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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