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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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Avoiding the “1” Part 6: Brian Blade Comping Analysis

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

We wrap up the “Avoiding the 1” series by studying some comping of a modern master: Brian Blade. How does he employ this style of phrasing? Let’s find out…

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Avoiding the “1” Part 5: Delaying to “2”

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Our last landing spot in this series is to play THROUGH the downbeat and resolve to “2.”

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Avoiding the “1” Part 3: Resolutions on Beat 4

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

So hopefully you are comping phrases that resolve on the “&” of 4. But there’s no “ART” – no mystery – if you ALWAYS resolve to the “&” of 4. So let’s back it up one more 8th note…

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MD Series: Avoiding the “1”, parts 1 & 2

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

A few months ago, Modern Drummer published a series of articles of mine called “Swing Style 101.” I was asked to expand upon that idea on a more advanced level here, so here are Parts 1 and 2 of a multi-part expansion on each of the 3 articles.

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Elvin’s One Beat Phrases

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Grooves | 3 comments

Elvin Jones gave us all a new language to swing with. It’s equal parts very complex and very logical. As with any study of language, there are no “rules” that can’t and aren’t broken, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to define some of the characteristics of any language – Elvin’s included.

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52 Licks, Week 9: The Roy Haynes Lick

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Here’s a peak at the quintessential Roy Haynes lick. This embodies everything we love about Roy: it’s hip and it has that “pop” that he plays with.

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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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Anatomy of a Lick: Part III

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Part III in a series of 3 videos designed to help you expand your vocabulary with just a single lick or phrase…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part II

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Part II of a series of 3 videos to help you get more mileage out of a single lick…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part I

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Vocabulary | 6 comments

Part I of a 3 part series on taking a single lick and creating your own variations that can be used in tons of different tempos, feels, etc…

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