Pulse Focus Chalkboard

Pulse Focus Exercises It is important to have a strong connection to the pulse/quarter note when reading or improvising syncopated rhythms.  The best way I have found to create this connection is to count the quarter notes out loud while playing challenging rhythms. ...

New Breed Primer Chalkboard

New Breed Primer Have you ever checked out Gary Chester’s book The New Breed?  It is fantastic.  I love introducing The New Breed concepts to my students that want to learn rock/funk grooves, but the exercises are just too difficult for beginners.  So I wrote...

Groove Etymology Chalkboard

Groove Etymology Etymology is the study of words – where they came from and how they have changed throughout history.  Groove Etymology is my attempt to study grooves with a similar organized approach.  Without some sort of organization, the things we learn as...

Big Band Reading Chalkboard

Big Band Reading Learning how to read a Big Band Jazz chart effectively is an important part of becoming a well rounded Jazz drummer.  While it is important that you learn the ins and outs of “kicking” a big band from an experienced teacher, you will still...

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