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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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Bird on the Drums: Common Stickings

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

When working on Charlie Parker’s language, there are a handful of great rhythms he relies on. Here are some stickings to accompany those rhythms to help you apply them more easily to the kit.

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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels part 6: Extended Phrases (Hands)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

This is a long, detailed look at how to develop phrases in this style. I address vocabulary, application, and how to turn those rudiments into music.

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Quick Hit: Philly Joe “Locomotion” Lick

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another “Quick Hit” (something easy to pick up and use), this time it’s a Philly Joe Jones lick.

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Rolls and Fills within the Time, Part 2: Phrasing Tips

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Once the stickings are comfortable, it’s time to make them sound like music, not like an exercise.

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 7: Variable Stickings, Part I

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

In this lesson, we deal with a group of stickings that are interchangeable and flow easily from one to the other. Why is that important? Because the faster the tempo, the less time we have to think.

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Elvin: Ruffs and Flams Part 1

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

You hear terms like “fat” and “wide” and “loose” when people speak of Elvin Jones’s feel. It’s all that and more, but there’s a method to his madness. And part of the fatness comes from his background as a rudimental snare drummer. Here’s some creative ways he used that rudimental background to his advantage…

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Creative Rudiments: Double Windmill

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another Creative Rudiment to go along with the Rudimental Ritual. This is the Double Windmill out of the Swiss Rudiments section. Check it out…

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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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Creative Rudiments: Swiss Army Triplets

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here’s another rudiment we can get creative with: the Swiss Army Triplet. I first heard Hutch use this and I love how fat it sounds at a medium tempo.

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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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Creative Rudiments: 5 Stroke Roll

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

If you’ve spent any time learning rolls, you’ve most likely played the 5 stroke roll hundreds of times. Ever tried to make it swing?

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Creative Rudiments: Ruffs and Drags

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Vocabulary | 3 comments

If you’ve ben following the Rudimental Ritual series, then this is right up your alley: we’re gonna find ways to use the 1st 3 rudiments from that exercise.

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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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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 11: Greg Hutchinson Lick

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 11 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.

This phrase comes from Greg Hutchinson. He plays it on an uptempo arrangement of “Smile” off of Michael Karn’s album, “In Focus.” Compared to some of the previous licks, this one is a bit more challenging to play at a bright tempo and will require a little more work to get it down. But what’s the fun in just throwing you guys softballs all day??

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52 Licks, Week 2: Paradiddle diddle Lick

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in 52 Licks | 2 comments

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52 Licks, Week 1: 9 Stroke Phrase

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in 52 Licks | 3 comments

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