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Elvin: Ruffs and Flams Part 1

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

You hear terms like “fat” and “wide” and “loose” when people speak of Elvin Jones’s feel. It’s all that and more, but there’s a method to his madness. And part of the fatness comes from his background as a rudimental snare drummer. Here’s some creative ways he used that rudimental background to his advantage…

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I Love This Rhythm

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

Here’s a simple but very effective rhythm. Check out all the different uses for it.

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Creative Rudiments: Double Windmill

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another Creative Rudiment to go along with the Rudimental Ritual. This is the Double Windmill out of the Swiss Rudiments section. Check it out…

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Elvin’s One Bar Phrases

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here are those same one beat phrases but stretched into one bar phrases. Also, I added a few other one bar phrases that Elvin popularized.

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Elvin’s Turnaround

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

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Creative Rudiments: Swiss Army Triplets

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here’s another rudiment we can get creative with: the Swiss Army Triplet. I first heard Hutch use this and I love how fat it sounds at a medium tempo.

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Creative Rudiments: 5 Stroke Roll

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

If you’ve spent any time learning rolls, you’ve most likely played the 5 stroke roll hundreds of times. Ever tried to make it swing?

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Creative Rudiments: Ruffs and Drags

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Vocabulary | 3 comments

If you’ve ben following the Rudimental Ritual series, then this is right up your alley: we’re gonna find ways to use the 1st 3 rudiments from that exercise.

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Creative Rudiments: Inverted Paradiddlediddle

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

s a companion series to our “Personal Trainer’ series, I’m gonna try and show how to take some rudiments and do some cool things with them to make them

A) fit on the drum set
and
B) work in a jazz (and often Pop) context.

To get us started, here’s a version of the Paradiddlediddle that my 1st teacher – Rick Kirkland – once showed me.

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Hi Hat Comping, Part II

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here are some tools to develop longer phrases when comping with the hi hat, plus a few one-bar phrases you can start throwing in your bag of tricks

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Hi Hat Comping

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Richard – one of our members – requested some comping using the hi-hat, which I thought was a great suggestion. I’m a big believer in mixing predetermined exercises AND improvising with just the concept. The first part is mostly based around improvising just based on the first simple – but MUSICAL – concept.

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The 4 Release

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Ya gotta name all this stuff something. That’s just the 1st thing that popped into my head. Basie taught it to everyone, and a countless number of jazz drummers have this staple comp in their vocabulary. If you don’t, you’re about to.

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Phoning It In: Don’t Play Drums in Spanglish

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Phoning It In, Vocabulary | 0 comments

Have you been listening to music and even transcribing and learning new ideas – – but you still don’t sound like you want to sound? The answer to sounding the way you want to sound is simpler than you think…

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Phoning It In: Six Stroke Roll Variations

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Phoning It In, Vocabulary | 4 comments

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part III

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Part III in a series of 3 videos designed to help you expand your vocabulary with just a single lick or phrase…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part II

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Part II of a series of 3 videos to help you get more mileage out of a single lick…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part I

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Vocabulary | 6 comments

Part I of a 3 part series on taking a single lick and creating your own variations that can be used in tons of different tempos, feels, etc…

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