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My drum blog, where I
post pithy educational drum and music oriented essays roughly twice a
detailed glossary of nearly 800 drum-related terms with detailed
explanations and a plethora of cross-references. The most complete list
of drum terminology available anywhere.
||How Music Works: A quick introduction to standard music notation.
How To Learn A Tune: A step by step guide to identifying a tune's components through analytical listening.
How To Practice: More than a baker's dozen of practical and easy to implement practicing tips.
Let Me Rephrase That: Phrases are the building blocks of music. Here's how to use phrases to make your playing more musical.
Make Your Ears Last A Lifetime: Why and how you can protect your hearing.
Music Styles & Structures:
Your key to understanding the most common forms found in modern
The Ride Rhythm - Getting it right: How to master the classic jazz ride rhythm.
Tricky Things Those Quarter Notes:
Why Jazz Matters: Jazz has had a profound influence on modern music.
Your First Drum Set: Buying your first drums shouldn't be confusing or risky.
||Basic Rock Beats: A guide to dozens of basic rock beats, patterns and interpretations in just four pages.
Linear Paradiddles: Based on a idea from Alan Dawson, these exercises will get your hands and bass drum a real workout.
Moving Bass Drum: Basic exercises to play against a rock beat to build foot control.
Triplet Time Feel Study: A guide to creating a real jazz feel in the 'inner line'.
12/8 Time Study: A collection of rhythmic exercises in 12/8.
tutorial for mastering the brushes. Covers 18 of the most
commonly used brush patterns including swing, ballads, Latin, and 3/4, with easy to follow diagrams.
Strength Building - Exercises and interpretations to build some
muscle while enhancing control, articulation and rhythmic sense.
Rock & Funk -A set of rock oriented interpretations with emphasis on bass drum development and independence.
Part III: Jazz - In addition to independence, these exercises help develop fast and slow tempo playing as well as an open time concept.
Part IV: Latin - Interpretations cover samba, mambo, clave, bombo and more.
Graduate Studies - These exercises don't fall neatly into any one genre but can be used in almost any context.
"Essence of Jazz" Annotations
of Jazz Annotated:
A summary of Jim Blackley's epic work, The Essence
of Jazz Drumming.
This guide provides the 'back story' for each of the chapters and sections.
of Jazz Total Program: A line by line guide to the
book, exercise sequences and cross references.