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Broken Feel (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Grooves | 5 comments

Nothing like spending years learning how to keep a steady beat on the ride cymbal, only to have the bandleader ask us NOT to…

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Philly Joe vs. Tony: Style Analysis (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Will writes, “I worked on some uptempo Tony Williams stuff…but the Philly Joe uptempo is kind of a different vibe entirely. I’m not sure how to pinpoint the differences.”

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Ride Cymbal Variations 1

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Performance | 1 comment

Paul – One of our members – requested a lesson on ways to vary the common ride cymbal pattern. While there are tons of ways to vary it, not all swing well. So here’s a simple way to vary the pattern that has continuity, swing, and flexibility.

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Uptempo Ride Technique Part III: The Full Stroke

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Technique | 1 comment

Now let’s put it all together, including a little exercise to help you practice the motion at a medium tempo, before moving it up the metronome.

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Uptempo Ride Technique Part II: Throw and Catch

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Technique | 0 comments

By now you should be comfortable with completely releasing the stick into the ride cymbal. Now what? The next part is easier than you might think.

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Uptempo Ride Technique Part I: The Throw

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Technique | 0 comments

How do Max and Buddy and Papa Jo and Tony make it look so easy when the tempo is above 300? They seem to float up there and can do it for hours. How do they look like they’re not working hard? The answer is, they’re not.

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