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Avoiding the “1” Part 3: Resolutions on Beat 4

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

So hopefully you are comping phrases that resolve on the “&” of 4. But there’s no “ART” – no mystery – if you ALWAYS resolve to the “&” of 4. So let’s back it up one more 8th note…

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MD Series: Avoiding the “1”, parts 1 & 2

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

A few months ago, Modern Drummer published a series of articles of mine called “Swing Style 101.” I was asked to expand upon that idea on a more advanced level here, so here are Parts 1 and 2 of a multi-part expansion on each of the 3 articles.

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 9: Pacing Your Comping

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Grooves | 1 comment

In this lesson, I show you guys some ways of balancing out your comping – a crucial step in interacting at a fast tempo without disturbing the groove.

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 4: Wrist/Finger Drill

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

In this lesson, we’re going to focus in on snare drum comping at faster tempos, and a drill to make your comping, “crispier.”

Or “crisper.” I can’t make up my mind…

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Elvin’s One Beat Phrases

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Grooves | 3 comments

Elvin Jones gave us all a new language to swing with. It’s equal parts very complex and very logical. As with any study of language, there are no “rules” that can’t and aren’t broken, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to define some of the characteristics of any language – Elvin’s included.

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Comping: A series of Ups and Downs

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Performance | 8 comments

Here’s a fun exercise that can instantly help you create more interesting comping phrases.

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Jazz Secret #4: Left Hand Hi-Hat Comping

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

Ever see those old masters whip the stick around under the hi-hat and play all this cool stuff? Here are a few of those moves.

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Hi Hat Comping, Part II

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here are some tools to develop longer phrases when comping with the hi hat, plus a few one-bar phrases you can start throwing in your bag of tricks

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Hi Hat Comping

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Richard – one of our members – requested some comping using the hi-hat, which I thought was a great suggestion. I’m a big believer in mixing predetermined exercises AND improvising with just the concept. The first part is mostly based around improvising just based on the first simple – but MUSICAL – concept.

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The 4 Release

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Ya gotta name all this stuff something. That’s just the 1st thing that popped into my head. Basie taught it to everyone, and a countless number of jazz drummers have this staple comp in their vocabulary. If you don’t, you’re about to.

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