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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…