This month I celebrated my 30th anniversary with my beautiful wife Tina. We spent 3 weeks in Italy together, and it was incredible. However, it was not conducive to adding more website content! I did however have time to relax, and within that relaxing/mindfulness time, I was inspired to give some much needed love to the DrumFillosophy 101 page. In the “Crosstraining” book, I have added “The Inner Game” tab, where you can read some of my philosophies in regards to the importance of mental training, and some of my favorite resource suggestions to start/enhance your own inner game of drumming.
Hey guys, I am finally getting around to updating the Index pages for all of the free content available at DrumFillosophy.com. With roughly 100 pages containing over 150 pdf’s, 140 audio play alongs, and 40ish videos, it’s gonna take a “minute”! I have also repaired several broken links – there are a lot to keep tabs on, so I greatly appreciate those of you have let me know when something is broken!!
Work on your reading and feel!
I am just a couple of reading exercises away from completing my goal of 40 total exercises on the Melody Rhythm Reading Page. These reading exercises (transcriptions) have been incredible for demonstrating how great musicians interpret rhythms with feeling – and they have made learning to read fun in the process! Bill Withers vocal rhythms on “Ain’t No Sunshine” is a prime example of soulful rhythmic styling, and is one of the new additions to the Melody Rhythm Reading Page this month.
New content added in May:
2 New Melody Rhythm Reading Exercises
- Ain’t No Sunshine
2 New Big Band Reading Charts with Play Along Recordings
- Wind Machine
- Road Time Shuffle
I was feeling nostalgic with my kids coming home for my birthday this month, and was going through some old family home videos and stumbled across me playing some solos in my first full time gig at Disneyland Circa 2001! Check it out HERE.
Other new content added in March:
4 more charts and play along recordings added to the Big Band Reading Page:
- Li’l Darlin’
- Hay Burner
- Warm Breeze
Big Band Reading - New page!
A good friend of mine (and a fantastic jazz drummer), Dean Koba, provided some big band charts and youtube links to me that he uses for his students, and I have finally gotten around to housing those materials on a new DrumFillosophy page. Hopefully you find these resources as helpful as I have for my students (and me!) to more effectively work on your big band chart reading. While I currently have 5 charts and play alongs uploaded to the Big Band Reading page, but look for more to be added in next month.
Other notable March additions:
Genius! (Not me - Jim Hall)
Have you ever had an idea that seems so simple when it comes to you, that you can’t understand what took you so long to have it in the first place? It happened to me again as I was looking for a new example to add to the Jazz Grooving page. This page has jazz independence exercises with play alongs designed to enhance drummer’s comping feel by playing along with great artist recordings. My epiphany was that since these are essentially jazz comping exercises, then why not use the comping rhythms of some of the greats as play alongs…duh!! The exercise I added on the Jazz Grooving page this month uses the comping rhythms of guitarist Jim Hall, on Sonny Rollins’ recording of “John S” from his album The Bridge. It is fast, long, with a challenging form (34 Bars)…but highlights Jim Hall’s comping genius (I will be adding some easier comping play alongs soon!).
Other notable February additions:
Happy New Year!
If your resolution is learn to read, you are in luck, because I just uploaded a SoundSlice (video play along) of the first reading exercise I start all of my beginning students with — the rhythms of Ahmad Jamal playing the melody on the song “Poinciana.” Click HERE for a direct link to the SoundSlice, or go to the Melody Rhythm Reading page to find other reading exercises and SoundSlice links.
Other notable additions to DrumFillosophy.com are: