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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...

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 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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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