Jazz Drummer's Workshop

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The Jon Christensen Approach

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Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

Improvising with Flams

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by Mike Alfieri
Dec 27, 2019

Metric Modulation Magic

This month we’ll take a look at playing triplets in groupings of four.

by Mike Alfieri
Nov 25, 2019

Advanced Techniques for Jazz Soloing

For four years I’d been studying intensely with Dom Famularo, who suddenly said during one of my lessons, “Steph, you’re now ready for Jim.”

by Stephane Chamberland
Aug 26, 2019

Funkify Your Swing

As mentioned previously, combining funk rhythms into a swing style can be helpful for players looking for new accompaniment language.

By Steve Fidyk
Jul 31, 2019
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Seven-Note Groupings

We’ll take a seven-note pattern, split it into groupings of three-, two-, and two-note clusters, and play it between our limbs within a swing context.

by Joe Bergamini
May 29, 2019

Latin Jazz Drumming Part 3: Mambo Bell Ideas in 3/2 Time

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Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2019

Funkify Your Swing Feel

Fusing rhythms from one style of music to another can help a player develop new ideas and fresh rhythmic approaches that might not have yet been previously explored.

by Steve Fidyk
Mar 27, 2019

Creative Triplets For The Advanced Player: Part 2

Syncopated figures could be used within an underlying framework of 8th-note triplets.

by Mark Hurley
Mar 26, 2019

Creative Triplets For The Advanced Player: Part 1

The following two-part article has been designed to help you improve your ability to fill or solo using syncopated jazz figures amidst an underlying pulse of 8th-note triplets.

by Mark Hurley
Mar 20, 2019

Contemporary Coordination Exercises

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by Mike Alfieri
Jan 30, 2019

Roy Haynes’ Phrasing

Modern Interpretations and Variations

by Mike Alfieri
Oct 30, 2018
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by Steve Fidyk
Sep 28, 2018

Al Foster on “Ev’rything I Love”

Analyzing the Jazz Great’s Eights

by Jordan Young
Aug 29, 2018
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