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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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