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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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Intro to Bird on the Drums: Cool Blues, Part 2

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Now that we’ve worked on each phrasing choice separately on the snare, let’s open it up to the whole kit.

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Intro to Bird on the Drums: Cool Blues, Part 1

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

So much of our solo language comes from Charlie Parker. Drummers like Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, and Roy Haynes were applying Bird’s rhythmic and melodic innovations to the drum set, and this revolutionized the drum solo, as well as fills, setups, and comping.

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Ruff into Bass Drum Lick

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

This is my favorite way to play a Charlie Parker “turn” on the drums.

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Rhythmic Anchors

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Vocabulary | 5 comments

We practice our coordination, and play the patterns out of the great jazz drum books, but when it comes time to play something on our own….

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Brush Flourishes

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

These sounds are important to playing brushes, and they have lots of variations. These are some of the most common ones.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 9: the Finishing Touches

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

This last part can make or break this search for new “modern” vocabulary. It’s what I hear in Tony’s playing, Gadd’s playing, Blade’s playing, that I don’t hear in most people’s playing who attempt this.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 8: The Tony Williams Filter

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Let’s take a look at a series of approaches he would often use to come up with this unique language. I call it the “Tony Williams Filter.”

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 7: Extended Phrases (Feet)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

After the lengthy and detailed breakdown of how to approach inserting vocabulary with the hands, this one’s short and sweet: How to incorporate the feet into all that work with the hands.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels part 6: Extended Phrases (Hands)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

This is a long, detailed look at how to develop phrases in this style. I address vocabulary, application, and how to turn those rudiments into music.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 5: Freeing the Hi-Hat

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Getting that hi-hat to stop chunking away on 2 & 4 can be challenging. Here’s one of the ways I was able to free my hi-hat…

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Quick Hit: Philly Joe “Locomotion” Lick

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another “Quick Hit” (something easy to pick up and use), this time it’s a Philly Joe Jones lick.

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Hey Blade, Shut the Front Door!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s an easy but highly effective comp I picked up from Brian Blade.

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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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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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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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