VIDEO LESSON! Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills, Part 2: Orchestrating Accent Patterns

This excerpt is taken from the complete review that appears in the June 2015 issue, which can be purchased here.

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop

Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills

Part 2: Orchestrating Accent Patterns

by John Xepoleas

Welcome to our second lesson covering triplet fills based on the playing of jazz great Elvin Jones, who made a huge impact on drumming as part of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s quartet in the 1960s. The goal with this series is to show you how to construct high-energy fills like those Elvin played, in an effort to take your drumming to a new level. I’ll teach you his sticking patterns and then show you how apply them to the drumset. Check out a video demo of the exercises contained in the article below.

June 2015 issue of Modern Drummer featuring Benny Greb