This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the April 2016 issue, which is available here.

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop

Crossovers

10 Exercises to Improve Drumset Facility

 
This month’s lesson focuses on the crossover, a technique that legendary drummers such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Jo Jones, and Sonny Payne popularized in their extended solos. Employing crossovers can help maintain the continuity and flow of single-stroke phrases you play around the kit without altering the sticking.

With a crossover, one hand will pass over the other while moving to a different part of the drumset. Here’s what a left-hand crossover looks like as it passes over the right to the floor tom.

Check out the video for this lesson below.

Steve Fidkyk
 
For the complete lesson with transcriptions, check out the April 2016 issue, which is available here.