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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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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 120 BPM

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Technique | 2 comments

This is the goal tempo. This takes exactly 5 minutes to complete (minus my yapping at the intro, yada yada yada).

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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 110 BPM

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

We take another trip up the metronome to 110 BPM. It’s basically 6-ish minute jazz hands at this tempo, but we’re almost there…

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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 100 BPM

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

Let’s bump the metronome up 10 clicks as we march toward 120 BPM.

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5 Minute Jazz Hands: Intro and 90 BPM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Technique | 2 comments

For years I’ve been struggling to find an all-encompassing warmup that doesn’t take too long. So I created one that gets me fully ready to play in just 5 minutes, and also warms me up using language and rudiments I’ll end up using on my gigs.

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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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