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Drum lessons during COVID

We’ve moved to an online format for all students, for the duration of this unfortunate COVID situation. Most of my students use Skype or Zoom, but I’ve also…

Kernels of Cascara

My students have been doing so well with my “kernels” concept that I’ve decided to write up a real challenge for them: cascara with the clave in the…

Sixtuplet plus release

This is something that came up in my practicing yesterday, and I went ahead and scribbled out a page of it for you. These sound good fast, but…

Playing quieter

Miles is going to have to askyou to CTFO.  In the past I was regarded as kind of a loud player- I forgot how much, until recently before…

Time signature figure-outer

Gah! What?  I’m not sure my title is actually grammatically correct- a time signature “figure-outer” sounds like a job description, when what we are dealing with is more…

Why we transcribe

Yes, I look the samewhen I’m transcribing as Duke did when he was copying parts- immaculately-coifed, reclining in my suit surrounded by reams of parchment. I’m a pretty…

4:3 metric modulation in jazz

Here’s a little thing I put together to develop the 4:3 cross rhythm/metric modulation in jazz. Normally you actually want to explain an advanced concept like this, but…

16th note fills using Syncopation – Part 1

This is the first part of a method for working on 16th note fills, which I developed for my intermediate students. It requires some selective reading, but in…