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....

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...

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