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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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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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Upping Your Tempo, Week 12: Small Beat Time Check

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

Welcome to the final week of our 12-week course on Upping Your Tempo! We finish up with the “inner beat” version of the last exercise. This is what I call: Small Beat Time Check

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 11: Big Beat Time Check

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Grooves, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s an exercise I have done for years to keep my time sharp. I think of it as a game. Makes practicing more fun. I’ve even kept score!

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 10: Bass Drum

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

In this lesson we take a look at a few different approaches to playing the bass drum at a fast tempo. This, combined with the “Economy of Motion” lesson, should give you more stability and control at fast tempos but low volumes.

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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 8: Variable Stickings, Part II

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

This week, I’m expanding the “Variable Stickings” concept to include another “family” of stickings: the Right Hand Lead concept.

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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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Upping Your Tempo, Week 6: Target Practice

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

We’re halfway Home. Week 6 of our 12-week course on Uptempo Studies builds off the “Economy of Motion” concept by applying a little accuracy drill to the whole kit. I call it “Target Practice.”

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Great Players Using Economy of Motion

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Check out a handful of masters playing fast tempos: Papa Jo, Lewis Nash, Eric Harland, Jeff Hamilton, and Greg Hutchinson

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 5: Economy of Motion

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

The Silent Killer. We can’t see all that excess motion because we’re too busy trying to keep up! But we can’t break the laws of physics. The less motion you waste, the quicker you will be (think Bruce Lee). And the more you can focus on making music, not just trying to survive. Here’s some ways to do that…

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Uptempo Practice Log (PDF)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I know I’m throwing a lot at you at once with this uptempo course. Comping! Now Soloing! Now Listening!

So here’s a practice log to help you stay organized and focused.

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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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Upping Your Tempo, Week 3: Halftime/Doubletime Exercise

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

It’s one thing to play fast. But THINKING fast, and HEARING fast…now THAT requires some effort. Here is an exercise I use to slowly acclimate my ears and brain to the faster tempos. I start by just dipping my toe in the pool…

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 2: Over the Bar Phrases

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

In this lesson we’re going to tackle some comping and timekeeping rhythms that loop over the bar line. This allows us to create longer stretches of syncopation by using odd-grouping of phrases.

Check it out…

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Uptempo Playlist

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Here’s a list of great uptempo jazz tunes, listed in order of tempo:

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Upping Your Tempo, Week 1: A Practice Plan

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

Welcome to the 1st lesson of our 12-week course on Uptempo playing. Let’s discuss a thorough practice plan that encompasses every aspect of playing fast. and every TEMPO.

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52 Licks, Week 26: Max Roach Uptempo Phrase

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

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52 Licks, Week 25: Jimmy Cobb Uptempo Phrase

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

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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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