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Basic 16th note rhythms

Have I ever told you I like using the easy parts of Syncopation? Here’s part 2 of that library piece from the other day, in this case converting…

Basic 8th note rhythms

This is a straight library piece— I’ve just transcribed the quarter note exercises from Reed into 8th notes in cut time, which will be more useful to me…

More with rock beats using Syncopation

Going a little further with my earlier piece on making rock beats using— say it with me— Ted Reed’s Syncopation. In doing this, there will be many duplicate…

What it is: swing rhythm

Swing interpretation is something we use a lot here, and I’ve mostly assumed people know what it is— you probably wouldn’t be reading all of this high-flying jazz…

Alan Dawson’s “Ruff Bossa”

We’re laying it on pretty thick with the Reed interpretations right now, but I just went over this with a student, so I need to put up one…

Rudimental Reed: ruffs

Today’s Rudimental Reed entry is pretty straightforward— just make a ruff out of any note that doesn’t have an (untied) 8th note before it.  That’s an awkward way…

Rudimental Reed: paradiddles

Another entry in our “Rudimental Reed” series, in which we outline some methods for apply rudiments to the long exercises in Ted Reed’s Syncopation, this time using paradiddles….

Half-time feel rock using Syncopation

Extending my previous series on making rock/pop beats using Ted Reed’s Syncopation, here is a way of making a half time feel using the same concept, except we…

Houghton’s triplets

From Steve Houghton’s book Studio and Big Band Drumming, here’s an alternate sticking method for making triplets out of Syncopation. For most people the most familiar method is…

Basic paradiddle funk

Man, there’s just a whole lot of stuff besides blogging on my mind lately— like a Europe tour and recording project— so we may not see a lot…