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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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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 4: Phrasing Around Figures

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

Once you’ve worked through some various rhythmic patterns, the next step is to phrase “around” figures that are written into the songs (a common trait of ECM and Modern tunes).

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Jazz Ballads: Double Time (“Feel”)

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

When does a ballad go to double time? How does our approach change? All that and more on the final episode of Jazz Ballads, Season One…

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 3: Creating Flow

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

This next step is crucial. To be able to speak – or “flow” – over the cymbal ostinatos while playing phrases is how this turns into the improvisatory music we hear on these great records.

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Jazz Ballads: Walking Ballad

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

Notice I didn’t use quotes around Walking. That’s because real people actually use this term…

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Comping Grid

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

Here’s a sequence I use to either work out a technique issue, or to run through a new ostinato.

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