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52 Licks, Week 4: Brian Blade Lick

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 4 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.
This week’s phrase came from a gig I went to with Brian Blade, Sam Yahel, and Peter Bernstein. They used to have a trio at Small’s every Wednesday night, and I went there like Church.

Brian played this one night and I never forgot it. It’s essentially a New Orleans phrase, just spiced up a bit. Turns out, he’s not the first to play it, as with most good phrases – it’s been around awhile. But as you’ll hear, there’s good reason for it to last this long

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52 Licks, Week 3: Max Roach Lick

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Here’s a phrase I lifted from one of max’s famous versions of “Mop Mop” or “Blues for Big Sid” (same tune). It’s a fairly common hand/foot pattern, but with a twist, and some important phrasing.

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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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Ostinatos: the Finishing Touches

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

All right: You’ve worked out the kinks, got your unisons together, your hands and feet are in sync… Now it’s time to polish this technique off and then get you ready to use it on your next gig.

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Ostinato Soloing: 8ths/triplets/16ths

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

Now that you’re comfortable with playing each group of 8ths, triplets, and 16ths over a bossa nova ostinato, let’s combine them in an open solo format.

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Ostinato Exercises

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Grooves | 2 comments

A fun and creative way to improve your rhythmic accuracy, independence, and balance while adding to your soloing arsenal is soloing over a foot ostinato. For this demonstration I’m going to use the Bossa Nova foot pattern as the ostinato. Check out this video for a simple but effective way to conquer it in less than 15 minutes a day.

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Thematic Soloing: Intro and Overview

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

Ever get that feeling that you’re just stringing together licks? In this video I explain a simple and clear way to get out of that rut.

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Thematic Soloing Over a Form: Take the “A” Train

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Performance | 3 comments

3rd and Final “Thematic” Solo. Still an AABA form, but this time the themes get more intricate and blur the bar lines and sections more than before. I’m still marking the form, just not being as obvious about it.

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Thematic Soloing Over a Form: Lester Leaps In

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

2nd of 3 “thematic” Solos. Fitting the thematic concept into a standard AABA form: Lester Leaps In (Rhythm Changes).

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Thematic Soloing: Open Solo

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Performance | 1 comment

1st of 3 “thematic” solos. This first is an open solo where I try to create themes and develop them, move away from them, and then come back. Hope you enjoy.

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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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Phoning It In: Six Stroke Roll Variations

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Phoning It In, Vocabulary | 4 comments

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