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Stick on Stick Phrases

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A handful of easy-to-apply stick on stick phrases that use the same sticking pattern.

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Bird on the Drums: Moose the Mooche

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019 in Uncategorized, Vocabulary | 0 comments

The final chapter in this exploration into Charlie Parker’s language and how it translates to the drums. Let’s dive into his 32-bar masterpiece: Moose the Mooche.

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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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Upping Your Tempo, Week 11: Big Beat Time Check

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Grooves, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s an exercise I have done for years to keep my time sharp. I think of it as a game. Makes practicing more fun. I’ve even kept score!

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Uptempo Practice Log (PDF)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I know I’m throwing a lot at you at once with this uptempo course. Comping! Now Soloing! Now Listening!

So here’s a practice log to help you stay organized and focused.

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Why Memorize the Rudimental Ritual?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Search our site for “Rudimental Ritual” and you’ll find 13 lessons, 23 videos and over 6 hours
of material dedicated to learning the legendary Alan Dawson exercise.
Explaining it, breaking it down, and
generally rambling on about how to think of it… That’s a lot of discussion and
breakdown over something you can find a free PDF of with a quick online search.

So why spend so much time talking about how to memorize it?

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2014: the year of the “Shed”

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to take my practice time more seriously. More logs, more detail, more specific goals.

I want to share that with you guys in hopes that we all get better in 2014 and make some big leaps, no matter where we are in our climb.

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52 Licks, Week 34: Philly Joe Inverted Double Lick

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in 52 Licks, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Week 34 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

I wanted to hit some more Philly Joe this week, and ran across a “jazz rudiment” (i.e. a rudiment that works well in jazz) that he loves. He uses it in several ways and I try to show you some of them.

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How much time do you spend listening to yourself on recordings, or watching yourself on video? Whatever that number is, DOUBLE IT. or even triple it.

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2013: Things to Come

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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