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52 Licks, Week 29: Steve Gadd Brush Lick

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52 Licks, Week 28: Vernel Fournier Brush Lick

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52 Licks, Week 27: Ben Riley Brush Lick

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Brushes in 3: Basic Pattern Variation #2

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

Let’s put the accent in the left hand sweep in another spot. This – combined with the last variation – should give you lots of flexibility in 3 now.

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Brushes in 3: Basic Pattern Variation #1

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

Got the first pattern down? Now lets add a wrinkle to it.

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Brushes in 3: A Basic Pattern

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

It’s actually two patterns. One is an Ed Thigpen trick he showed me, but the main one is a little different. This is one we will build off of in the next few videos. If you choose to use a different pattern in 3, that’s ok too. The upcoming lessons will apply to any pattern.

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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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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 5: The “Hand Clap” Motion

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Technique | 4 comments

This one helped me immensely when it came to breaking my pattern to play a comp or a fill, and then re-entering the pattern without losing time or losing the pocket.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 4: How Legato and Staccato Affect Your Feel

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 4 of a series on getting more out of the brushes. This one deals will some subtle time-keeping techniques that can greatly affect the feel you’re playing. Understanding these differences will add sophistication to your brush time.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 3: Adding Depth to Your Sound

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 3 of of our look into some more expansive approaches o the brushes. This video lesson deals with drawing different textures out of the surface of the drum. Sound esoteric? It’s actually pretty simple. There’s a few different brush strokes that deal with this. It’s simply a matter of learning to use them properly. Take a look…

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52 Licks: Week 7, Lewis Nash Brush Lick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 7 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.

This one is a brush lick by Lewis Nash, featuring a “Sweep-Tap” motion. It’s off of a Bill Mays CD called “An Ellington Affair.” The song is “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.”

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 2: Controlling the Sweep and the Flutter

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Technique | 8 comments

Part 2 of my series on Advanced Brush techniques. This one involves gaining control over that left hand sweep. It can do a lot of cool things if you are comfortable with it.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 1

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Technique | 3 comments

Here is a video discussing how to get a clearer sound out of the brushes. That “tap dance” sound we always hear the old drummers talk about. But not just the light, airy sound. What about adding some punch? I try and cover both here.

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Switching from Brushes to Sticks

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Technique | 0 comments

4 things to hit the drums. 2 hands. Even I can do that math…
Check out some tips on how and when to make the switch.

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Brushes: “Sweep-Tap” Part II

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Technique | 1 comment

Next we add triplets and then incorporate it into a few solos.

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Brushes: “Sweep-Tap” Part I

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Technique | 0 comments

Have you been listening to music and even transcribing and learning new ideas – – but you still don’t sound like you want to sound? The answer to sounding the way you want to sound is simpler than you think…

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