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Broken Feel (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Grooves | 5 comments

Nothing like spending years learning how to keep a steady beat on the ride cymbal, only to have the bandleader ask us NOT to…

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Some New Orleans “2 Beats.”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Let’s check out a few modern masters of New Orleans drumming play the traditional “2 beat.”

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Some Great “2” Feels

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Listening Lab | 2 comments

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New Orleans, Part I: the 2 Beat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Grooves | 1 comment

It ALL comes from this beat. This is the groove that turned our musical culture from a “1 and 3” culture to a Backbeat culture.

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Jazz Secret #5: The Secret to a Good “2” Feel

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

Personally, I think the “2” feel is the place where most jazz tunes can drag or lose steam. It’s easy to do.
BUT… If you know what the old guard knew about how they think of the “2” feel, it brings that groove to life.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 6: Tricks for a Better “2” Feel

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

One of the common complaints I hear is that too many drummers have wimpy 2 feels, particularly with brushes. Here are a few tricks I picked up along the way to give your 2 feel more “pop.”

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