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Jazz Secret #5: The Secret to a Good “2” Feel

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

Personally, I think the “2” feel is the place where most jazz tunes can drag or lose steam. It’s easy to do.
BUT… If you know what the old guard knew about how they think of the “2” feel, it brings that groove to life.

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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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Jazz Secret #3 – The Hi-Hat

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

While we’d all like to play the hi-hat like Papa Jo and Max and Buddy, and while that takes years, here’s a set of techniques that have all but died with those masters.

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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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Jazz Secret #1 – The “Jazz” Sound = Quiet Intensity

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Technique | 2 comments

I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely documented, but one of the things that trips up drummers is how to get that jazz “pop” out of their instrument without overpowering the other instruments. How often have you been told either:

a) you’re too loud


b) it needs more intensity/energy/drive/fire/whatever random word the non-drummer uses for they’re not getting enough from you?

The “secret” to that happy medium lies in 2 rules:

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