In this episode of The Drum Hang I share with you a fun fill that is an updated and modern application of the Rub-a-Dub sticking. Using groupings of 7 eighth notes (RRLRRLL) this four measure phrase will challenge your ears, hands, and hi-hat foot…can you keep it steady? I am still trying myself! This episode also features a short Greg Hutchinson phrase that uses a fast 5-stroke roll, it easy to learn and a great thing to play on your next gig to light a fire up under the band. Lastly, this episode debuts my amazing new Noble and Cooley drums. They are the musical and dynamic drums I have ever played, love them!
In this episode we listen to piano legends Wynton Kelly, Hank Jones, and Mulgrew Miller to listen for articulations, note lengths, and phrasing that we should replicate in our snare drum comping! This is true musical independence and will add depth to your snare drum comping, but make sure it doesn't interrupt your cymbal groove and subdivision. I break down how to use taps, full strokes, and buzzes so you can achieve it. Love this episode, check it out!
In this episode I show you two great jazz hi-hat fills, I like to call them "hat tricks". One is a piece of vocabulary from the great Tony Williams on the Miles Davis album "Four and More", while the other is a Philly Joe Jones lick from Hank Mobley's "No Room for Squares". Get your hi-hat together with these two great fills.
In Episode 25 we check out legend Brian Blade and his ability to listen to and musically phrase with his fellow musicians on the bandstand. In this episode we hear him cap phrases, play over the bar line with Joe Lovano's phrasing, copy articulations and phrasing, as well as use his ability to use his ears to find solo vocabulary from Joe Lovano. Brian Blade!!
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In this episode we listen to and watch Elvin Jones feather quarter notes on his snare drum. He does this as a comping device and as a way to broaden his quarter note pulse. While rhythmically simple this snare feathering is very hard to play with dynamic control and groove! Yes Elvin played "Elvin" stuff but he also had complete command of the quarter note, even while playing softly on his snare drum. Elvin!
In this episode we dig into a short 3 minute recording of Mel Lewis with Dizzy Gillespie and notice how he used a variety of cymbal sounds to orchestrate and propel the music forward. Closed Hi-Hat, Open Hi-Hat, Ride, Chinese Cymbal, all effectively used in a short amount of time. You can easily introduce this concept into your own playing today!
In Episode 22 we check out living legend Brian Blade and his use of triplet fills. When Brian plays these ideas they are dynamic, musical, and exciting. While they are technically fairly simply, playing them with consistent subdivision and musical shape is a challenge. Brian Blade!! If you enjoy these free drum lessons, please shoot me an email and tell me what other topics on drumming and jazz drumming you'd like to see covered. Also private online lessons are available from me (not Brian :-). Thanks! Chris Smith
The ultimate guide to uptempo jazz drumming! In this episode you learn 4 major concepts that will drastically improve your ride cymbal, brushes, and solo vocabulary when playing fast. Get your uptempo jazz drumming together today!
In this episode we check out an awesome Bill Stewart fill that uses groupings of 5, Antonio Sanchez also uses it frequently. It's short, easy to learn, modern, and feels great to play. Also, check out this amazingly compact Tama Club Jam Mini...your back will thank you! Online private study is available. Let's hang.
In this episode we use a funky James Brown track as a fun way to work on your time-feel, jazz comping, uptempo phrasing, and limb independence. By identifying individual layers of the groove you find a a ton of jazz comping possibilities. Double time swing over a funky song is a great way to change up your practice routine!
"The noise isn't a result of their hands, their hands are a result of the noise... it's their core, their inner drummer" In this episode we check out the sounds of Ed Thigpen, Billy Higgins, and Elvin Jones' inner drummer. These master drummers, and all master drummers, have a core pulse and subdivision that we sometimes get to hear when they play. They not only played time, they breathed time...it's that deep!
In this episode Mel Lewis helps us figure out Rhythmic Foreshadowing, i.e. the performance of a rhythmic figure to set-up or cue a subsequent performance of that same figure. Mel’s use of rhythmic foreshadowing was so subtle many people don’t realize he did it. This concept provides the band everything they need to play their parts with precision and can be utilized by drummers of any skill level. Check it out!
Part 2 of Billy Higgins Solo Vocabulary. In this episode of we explore Mr.Higgins' use of Buzz Rolls, Straight 8ths, Ruffs, Double Strokes, and Crossover FIlls. This episode mentions a ton of items from Part 1, check that out first if you haven't already. These concepts sound great and are easy to use in your playing.
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The ultimate guide to feathering your bass drum! In this episode you gain 3 major concepts that will drastically improve your volume and swing feel when feathering the bass drum. These concepts will work for you because they work for many legendary jazz drummers including the great Louis Hayes. Get your feathering together today! Questions or comments, please reach out. Let’s Hang!
Part 1 of Billy Higgins Solo Vocabulary. In this episode of The Drum Hang we explore Mr.Higgins' use of Moving Melodies (stickings), 6-Stroke Rolls, and Alternating Single Strokes. These concepts sound great and are easy to use in your playing. Higgins! Online premium lessons are available. Let's hang!
In this episode of The Drum Hang we watch Art Taylor's fluid motion and use 10 voiced paradiddles to work on our own flow around the drums. Focus on smooth motion and good sound. Online premium lessons are available, contact me for more info. Let's hang!
In this episode of The Drum Hang we check out a really useful Lewis Nash phrase. It's short, easy to learn, and feels great to play at a variety of tempos. Lewis Nash!! This is the tip of the iceberg, online private study is available. Let's hang! firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode of The Drum Hang I give you techniques for seamless switching of implements. Brushes to sticks to brushes to whatever! It takes thought and PRACTICE to be ready for anything on the bandstand. In this video I show you several methods and tips that work for me. This is the stuff that really separates the pros from the amateurs.
In this episode of The Drum Hang we dig into the drumming of Bill English. Mr. English was a very musical and swinging drummer who made a simple 12 bar blues sound unique for each melody and the musicians playing it. Our two examples in this episode are Mo-Lasses and Chitlins Con Carne. Use these grooves on your next gig and credit the master Bill English!
The launch of my interview series Trading 4's, this episode features Doug Weiss. Doug has been Al Foster's bassist for over 25 years and during this interview he gives insight into Al's playing, composing, and what makes Al such a special and nurturing human. (BTW, Doug and I also spoke at length about Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Leon Parker and the special connection between the bass and drums, these conversations will be posted in upcoming episodes!)