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Rudimental Ritual, Part 6: All Swiss Rudiments

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 6 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we tackle the rest of the Swiss Rudiments. Lots of flams, kids.

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Footloose: Bass Drum Exercise

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

I created this bass drum exercise to work through all pedal techniques and to help me gain consistency in my bass drum playing. I think you’ll gain a lot from this – I know I did! My bass drum felt much more solid after mastering this exercise.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 5: Swiss Rudiments Thru Flam Rolls

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Now that the 26 American Rudiments have been covered, it’s time to crack open a bottle of Swiss Rudiments. We’ll add these in 3 parts. Part 1 starts with Tap Flams and ends with Flam Rolls.

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Footloose: Heel Down Technique and Basic Stroke

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Technique | 4 comments

One thing that was a mystery to me for years is what my feet were actually supposed to be doing! So much time on hands, hands, hands… So I went on a scavenger hunt for knowledge. Information about the physics, mechanics, and techniques of the various food strokes. This series is the result of what I found.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 4: All 26 American Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

How are those hands feeling? I hope pretty good after the first 3. Well, we get a break this time. Just a few left and we’re finished with the first major section: the 26 American Rudiments.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 3: Rolls

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Prepare to get your doubles together…we roll for about 5 minutes straight in this section. But man, does it feel good once we’re finished. My wrists and fingers get loose and then when I pick up sticks to play, my hands feel great.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 2: Flams

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Technique | 1 comment

Part 2 deals with flams. Flams, Flam Taps, Flam Accents…you’ll be flammed out after this one. But this section is short and sweet, so enjoy it. We’ll have some heavy sledding coming soon…

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Rudimental Ritual, Part I

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Technique | 4 comments

Welcome to the Ritual. The Rudimental Ritual.

This is a rite of passage for drummers. It’s designed by jazz drumming great Alan Dawson. He taught Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jeff Sipe, Terri Lynne Carrington, and countless other badasses. And most of them had to pass through this lengthy exercise as part of their training.

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Grip Rotation Around the Kit

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Technique | 0 comments

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I see this a lot in my private lessons, and just had one of our YouTube subscribers ask about it:  what’s the best way to turn over when you play the right side of the kit (Ride, Floor Tom, etc)  I learned this straight from Jojo Mayer and it made a HUGE difference for me. Hope it does for you, too.

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Jazz Secret #4: Left Hand Hi-Hat Comping

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

Ever see those old masters whip the stick around under the hi-hat and play all this cool stuff? Here are a few of those moves.

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Jazz Secret #3 – The Hi-Hat

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

While we’d all like to play the hi-hat like Papa Jo and Max and Buddy, and while that takes years, here’s a set of techniques that have all but died with those masters.

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Jazz Secret #2 – The Bass Drum

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Technique | 3 comments

What do these great drummers have in common?

Elvin Jones
Jeff “Tain” Watts
Jimmy Cobb
Lewis Nash
Ed Thigpen
Matt Wilson
Brian Blade
Greg Hutchinson

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Jazz Secret #1 – The “Jazz” Sound = Quiet Intensity

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Technique | 2 comments

I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely documented, but one of the things that trips up drummers is how to get that jazz “pop” out of their instrument without overpowering the other instruments. How often have you been told either:

a) you’re too loud

or

b) it needs more intensity/energy/drive/fire/whatever random word the non-drummer uses for they’re not getting enough from you?

The “secret” to that happy medium lies in 2 rules:

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 5: The “Hand Clap” Motion

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Technique | 4 comments

This one helped me immensely when it came to breaking my pattern to play a comp or a fill, and then re-entering the pattern without losing time or losing the pocket.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 4: How Legato and Staccato Affect Your Feel

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 4 of a series on getting more out of the brushes. This one deals will some subtle time-keeping techniques that can greatly affect the feel you’re playing. Understanding these differences will add sophistication to your brush time.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 3: Adding Depth to Your Sound

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 3 of of our look into some more expansive approaches o the brushes. This video lesson deals with drawing different textures out of the surface of the drum. Sound esoteric? It’s actually pretty simple. There’s a few different brush strokes that deal with this. It’s simply a matter of learning to use them properly. Take a look…

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 2: Controlling the Sweep and the Flutter

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Technique | 2 comments

Part 2 of my series on Advanced Brush techniques. This one involves gaining control over that left hand sweep. It can do a lot of cool things if you are comfortable with it.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 1

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Technique | 3 comments

Here is a video discussing how to get a clearer sound out of the brushes. That “tap dance” sound we always hear the old drummers talk about. But not just the light, airy sound. What about adding some punch? I try and cover both here.

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Uptempo Ride Technique Part III: The Full Stroke

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Technique | 1 comment

Now let’s put it all together, including a little exercise to help you practice the motion at a medium tempo, before moving it up the metronome.

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Uptempo Ride Technique Part II: Throw and Catch

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Technique | 0 comments

By now you should be comfortable with completely releasing the stick into the ride cymbal. Now what? The next part is easier than you might think.

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