My friend, Eric Hagstrom was over at the house the other day, and gave my 11 year old, Louis a beginning brush technique lesson. It only took a couple of minutes, and he was able to provide a decent-sounding drum accompaniment to our trio. I'm on vacation now, but I wanted to share this footage with you.
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A clapping audience can be an enthusiastic, driving force to a band on stage, or a disaster waiting to happen. Let's talk about ALL of it!
Now that you can walk a bass line, and know which notes to play for a nice 4-note voicing sound with your right hand, let's talk about rhythm and give you something to practice!
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Part of being a good musician is recognizing all the parts of music; every component that goes into making what we love. Rhythm is a huge part of that. Practicing drumming exercises is one of my favorite ways to expand the musician inside of me and I'd like to share some of my favorites with you!
I came across this app and it's helping me to be able to practice with different polyrhythms and feels and I'm very excited about it. Had to make a video. I hope you have as much fun as I've been having. It's (as the kids say) DOPE.
Have you ever heard a beat, felt it one way and then realized you were completely hearing it backwards, or you were off by one beat? You're not alone. Listen to these two examples, and check out the list below. It happens ALL THE TIME and instead of letting it frustrate us, let's embrace it and solve it. *fist bump*
The subtlety of the swing feel is a very tricky thing to learn. Listening to the great jazz players and soaking up what you hear is the best way to absorb and ultimately develop your own swing feel, but there are some things I can teach concretely and this is one of them. Practice these comping rhythms with me and let's get to work!
From my vacation spot in Watsonville, CA where we have a fun little lesson about how to sing the dominant chords on the bridge of Rhythm Changes, using the bebop scale.
Using exercises from The Drummers' Cook Book and The Charlie Parker Omnibook, we sight read some tricky rhythms while simultaneously building our coordination, sight reading skills, and jazz vocabulary.
Using "Girl From Ipanema," I demonstrate a fun way to practice phrasing behind, ahead of and directly on the beat.
Move from 16th notes to triplets seamlessly as you practice this bluesy lick! It works over a blues, or any major ii V I and I think you'll have lots of fun with it!
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This is just a fun game to play to drive yourself and those around you crazy, and hopefully teach you something in the meantime.
Taking the tune, Summertime, we discuss what a "2 feel" is, and how the different players of the rhythm section go about playing it, and when to use it. Also shown, is an accompaniment style for playing this tune.