Jazz Drum Hi-Hat Technique

Developing Your Hi Hat Technique: An Introduction To The Third Voice

In jazz drumming, The use of the hi-hat cymbals has evolved throughout the years. In the early years, time feel was mostly played on the hi-hat, instead of the ride cymbal. Or on the...
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Jazz Drumset Language: Resolution Points

Have you ever wondered why Jazz drums sound the way they do? What exactly makes them have that particular sound and feel? In this lesson, I'll be discussing one of the essential characteristics of jazz...

How to Comp On The Drums Like Elvin Jones

Elvin Ray Jones was born September 9, 1927, in Pontiac, Michigan. He grew up in a musical home of jazz musicians. Hank Jones and Tad Jones, both legendary and innovative musicians, are Elvin's brothers....
Rudimental Drummer

Rudimental Drummer: 2 Concepts To Incorporate Wilcoxon’s Solos Into Your Playing

Charles Wilcoxon was one of the most innovative and prolific drum educators/Authors of the 20th century. He wrote several books on hand technique and Rudimental drumming. Although for many, the name Wilcoxon might not ring any...

Dealing With Song Forms: Tips for Drummers

Drummers, in jazz and popular music, have two primary functions. One is to keep an excellent time feel, a foundation for the rest of the band, so they can play with ease over a bed...

Awesome Philly Joe Jones Lick and Solo Analysis

For this month's drum lesson we are going to analyze a lick played by one of the fathers of bebop drumming: the great late Philly Joe Jones. I first learn this lick when transcribing Philly's...

Learning to Solo In The Style Of Max Roach

Max Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer. He was born on January 10, 1924, in New Land, North Carolina. He was raised in Brooklyn and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He worked...

How To Develop Musical and Organized Jazz Drum Solos

Playing drum solos is one of the first great challenges a jazz drummer faces in his/her career. Keeping the audience hooked to a long drum solo is definitely not easy. Many times I see...

How to Play Drum Rudiments In A Musical Way

Ever since I was a kid learning to play the drums, I've been aware of the debate about rudiments. Many drummers argue that rudiment can be detrimental to your feel and musicality, stating that...

Developing Your Jazz Drum Comping

"Comping" is a term coined by jazz musicians, which means accompaniment. It is what the rhythm section players do while the lead player plays the head of a jazz tune or solos over it....

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