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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 120 BPM

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

This is the goal tempo. This takes exactly 5 minutes to complete (minus my yapping at the intro, yada yada yada).

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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 110 BPM

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

We take another trip up the metronome to 110 BPM. It’s basically 6-ish minute jazz hands at this tempo, but we’re almost there…

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5 Minute Jazz Hands @ 100 BPM

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Technique | 0 comments

Let’s bump the metronome up 10 clicks as we march toward 120 BPM.

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5 Minute Jazz Hands: Intro and 90 BPM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Technique | 2 comments

For years I’ve been struggling to find an all-encompassing warmup that doesn’t take too long. So I created one that gets me fully ready to play in just 5 minutes, and also warms me up using language and rudiments I’ll end up using on my gigs.

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Four Stroke Roll Stick on Stick Lick

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Double-feature: This lick is a warmup and vocabulary.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 4: All 26 American Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

How are those hands feeling? I hope pretty good after the first 3. Well, we get a break this time. Just a few left and we’re finished with the first major section: the 26 American Rudiments.

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Pregame Routine: a Practical Approach

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Performance | 1 comment

As if on cue…

I just had to put this to good use after a very frustrating drive and subsequently even more frustrating sound check just an hour or so before the concert. Here is what went down…

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Pregame Routine

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

How do highly trained athletes perform at a high physical and mental level on a nightly basis? Well, besides their hours of practice over the years, almost all of them have a pregame routine, or pregame ritual. Do you have one?

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Warmup: Running Through the Gears

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

Here is a warmup I use when conditions aren’t optimal – which seems to be most of the time! Try this quick and easy routine that you can do on the kit right before the gig.

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