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Bird on the Drums: the Third Hand

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Incorporating the bass drum as a “third hand” adds an important layer of depth to these Parker phrases.

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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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Upping Your Tempo, Week 10: Bass Drum

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

In this lesson we take a look at a few different approaches to playing the bass drum at a fast tempo. This, combined with the “Economy of Motion” lesson, should give you more stability and control at fast tempos but low volumes.

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Footloose: Bass Drum Exercise

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

I created this bass drum exercise to work through all pedal techniques and to help me gain consistency in my bass drum playing. I think you’ll gain a lot from this – I know I did! My bass drum felt much more solid after mastering this exercise.

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Jazz Secret #2 – The Bass Drum

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Technique | 3 comments

What do these great drummers have in common?

Elvin Jones
Jeff “Tain” Watts
Jimmy Cobb
Lewis Nash
Ed Thigpen
Matt Wilson
Brian Blade
Greg Hutchinson

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