How to Make Pro Drum Charts for Small Jazz Ensembles

How to Make Pro Drum Charts For Small Jazz Ensembles

One of the biggest pet peeves of being a drummer is to deal with poorly made charts. For some strange reason, musicians tend to neglect drum charts. I believe it has to do with the lack of...
Developing Your Hi-hat technique

Developing Your Hi-Hat Technique: More on The Third Voice Concept

A few months ago, I started this series of articles to develop our coordination with the left foot on the hi-hat cymbals. In the previous lesson, Developing Your Hi-Hat Technique: An Introduction To The Third Voice, I...
3 Concepts to Develop Solo Ideas with Stick Control for Drummers

3 Concepts to Develop Solo Ideas With Stick Control

Stick Control is a book written by the great late George Lawrence Stone. It was published in 1935 and became one of the most acclaimed books in the drumming community. Stick Control is, for many,...
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...
Jazz drums

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...

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