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....

How To Get The Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions (Part 2)

Hey guys, welcome back to my monthly lesson! Last time we discussed some basic concepts I use in order to learn new soloing and comping vocabulary on the drums. We went over breaking long...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions (Part 1)

Back in my college years, I used to spend countless hours transcribing drum solos, trading solos and comping phrases from all the jazz master drummers such as Elvin Jones (one of my favorites to...

Jazz Drumming: Mastering The Ride Cymbal Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second part of our lesson series: Mastering The Ride Cymbal. In Part 1, we solely focused on listening to jazz records to get the feel of the ride cymbal for jazz...

Jazz Drumming: Mastering the Ride Cymbal Part 1

In jazz music, the ride cymbal is king. It shapes the feeling and rhythmic subdivision of the tune, and creates a foundation for everyone else to play off. Unlike Funk or Rock music, which is...

A Beginner’s Guide To Implied Metric Modulations

Implied metric modulation is a device used to create rhythmic tension, by giving the impression of shifting to a new tempo or playing what seems to be an unrelated tempo on top of the...
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