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Rhumba, Part 2

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Here are some variations of the Rhumba that are applicable to drum set and allow us more flexibility with this groove in jazz settings.

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Rhumba, Part 1

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Grooves | 2 comments

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

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Broken Feel (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Grooves | 5 comments

Nothing like spending years learning how to keep a steady beat on the ride cymbal, only to have the bandleader ask us NOT to…

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Philly Joe vs. Tony: Style Analysis (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Will writes, “I worked on some uptempo Tony Williams stuff…but the Philly Joe uptempo is kind of a different vibe entirely. I’m not sure how to pinpoint the differences.”

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 14: Songo

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 12: Mambo

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

Chris Burroughs is back from the road and is teaching us all about Mambo this week. He breaks down the authentic Mambo patterns in each limb, then shows us how to create a more fluid, flexible drum set version.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 11: Plena (from Puerto Rico)

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

My favorite groove from the tour in Martinique with Puerto Rican saxophonist Shekinah Rodz was a groove from her homeland called the Plena.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 10: Grooves from Puerto Rico

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

In a stroke of good timing for what we’re working on, I’m touring with a saxophonist/percussionist from Puerto Rico in Martinique this week, so I’ve been working on some cool Afro-Cuban-based rhythms, and consequently having lots of conversations about how all these rhythms are mixed together.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 9: A Trick to Hearing Which Clave.

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

At first I said, “Ok great. Now I can clap all these rhythms. But when someone just starts a song, I have NO idea what clave it’s in…” Well, after awhile I found a little shortcut.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 8: Odd Time Clave

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Grooves | 3 comments

Now that we’ve been learning the “who, what, when, why, and how” of clave, let’s look at the “huh?” of clave…in odd-time signatures.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 7: Calypso

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

This is a groove that is based in Afro-Cuban rhythms, but with a Caribbean spin. You hear this groove down in the Caribbean Islands, but you also hear versions of this groove in dance halls around the world.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 6: Rhumba Clave Exercises

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

This week Chris Burroughs tackles some fun and challenging exercises based on the rhumba clave. He explores ways to voice it around the kit using paradiddles, and an accent game that builds some serious independence.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 5: Bembe

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Grooves | 1 comment

This week’s edition of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer features one of the most important and fundamental grooves at the heart of this Afro-Cuban style: the Bembe.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 4: Switching from Latin to Swing

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Grooves | 1 comment

The fourth and final installment of the interview with Chris Burroughs. We discuss – and Chris demonstrates – switching from Afro-Cuban to swing, funk, and Brazilian, as well as some more cascara patterns, how to play the cowbell and more. Dig in below…

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 3: Feel and Phrasing

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Grooves | 1 comment

Our Afro-Cuban study continues this week with a look at how to turn the rhythms on the page into something that grooves and swings.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 2: Clave, Cascara, Tumbao

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

In part 2 of the interview, we get to some playing. We discuss the different roles/responsibilities the drum set player has when there’s no one else to play these parts. We cover Clave, Cascara, and Tumbao (and much more)…

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 1: History and Listening

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

To get us started, I did a lengthy interview with Chris, where we covered clave, bass drum patterns, important musical groups, dealing with uninformed bass players, and Led Zeppelin (trust me, it’ll make sense when you see it!), and many other topics. He plays some, we break down common misconceptions, and some practical advice for the bandstand.

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The Train Beat

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

Another member request, this one is all about the “train” beat. We hear this groove in Bluegrass, Country, Pop, and Gypsy Jazz. And there are a few things that separate good train beats from bad ones…

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The “3” vs. “6” Dilemma: Hi-Hat Patterns

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

As we delve into the similarities between 3/4 and 6/8, I want to address some of the popular hi-hat patterns for each so you can make more informed, sophisticated groove choices on the bandstand.

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The “3” vs. “6” Dilemma, part 1: “Henya”

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Grooves | 1 comment

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