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Elvin’s Triplet Brush Lick

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

This is an easy one to add, and at the right tempo (medium), it swings like crazy.

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Brush Flourishes

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

These sounds are important to playing brushes, and they have lots of variations. These are some of the most common ones.

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Brush Comping Within the Time

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Technique | 5 comments

Toni is one of our members, and he’s struggling with how to comp more on the brushes with it messing up his brush pattern. Here’s how I solved that riddle

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The Philly Joe Jones “Gallop”

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

Ever wonder how great drummers like Philly Joe Jones can play brushes so freakin’ fast?? Well, he’s got a little secret.

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Directional Brushes: Vertical, Diagonal, & Horizontal

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Technique | 0 comments

Brushes afford us the opportunity to create 3-dimensional (as I like to call it) sounds with phrases we already know. And it’s all about direction.

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Jazz Ballads: Intro – 3 Common Types

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out ballads. I was so into fast, energetic stuff. Once I really dug into them, I was amazed at all the stuff I discovered.

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Triplet Brush Fill

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

This one comes from my lessons with Vernel Fournier. He showed me this little move on the back of a magazine cover.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 7: Calypso

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

This is a groove that is based in Afro-Cuban rhythms, but with a Caribbean spin. You hear this groove down in the Caribbean Islands, but you also hear versions of this groove in dance halls around the world.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 10: The Complete Rudimental Ritual

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

This is the final segment of the Rudimental Ritual. We cover the end of the Chops Builders section with a flurry of flams. Like, 15,000 of them. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 9: Chops Builders

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

FINAL SECTION!! We break this up into two parts (as usual) so that leaves us on the cusp of completing the Ritual.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 8: Innovations 2

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

For this segment of the Rudimental Ritual, we’re finishing out the Innovations section.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 7: Innovations 1.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 7 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we break into the “Innovations” section. Long sequences of stickings but there’s good reason: These rudiments are very flexible and useful!

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 5: Swiss Rudiments Thru Flam Rolls

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Now that the 26 American Rudiments have been covered, it’s time to crack open a bottle of Swiss Rudiments. We’ll add these in 3 parts. Part 1 starts with Tap Flams and ends with Flam Rolls.

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The Vernel Fournier Brush Stroke

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Grooves | 1 comment

For those of you that have watched Vernel Fournier play either live or on video, you may have noticed he has a rather unusual but compact brush stroke. Here’s a breakdown of the stroke:

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 4: All 26 American Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

How are those hands feeling? I hope pretty good after the first 3. Well, we get a break this time. Just a few left and we’re finished with the first major section: the 26 American Rudiments.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 3: Rolls

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Prepare to get your doubles together…we roll for about 5 minutes straight in this section. But man, does it feel good once we’re finished. My wrists and fingers get loose and then when I pick up sticks to play, my hands feel great.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 2: Flams

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Technique | 1 comment

Part 2 deals with flams. Flams, Flam Taps, Flam Accents…you’ll be flammed out after this one. But this section is short and sweet, so enjoy it. We’ll have some heavy sledding coming soon…

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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
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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Rudimental Ritual, Part I

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Technique | 4 comments

Welcome to the Ritual. The Rudimental Ritual.

This is a rite of passage for drummers. It’s designed by jazz drumming great Alan Dawson. He taught Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jeff Sipe, Terri Lynne Carrington, and countless other badasses. And most of them had to pass through this lengthy exercise as part of their training.

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52 Licks, Week 30: Elvin Jones Brush Lick

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

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