Saturday, May 29, 2021

Latest uptempo drill

I'll be honest, most of my uptempo things I improvise while practicing, and then work on them maybe a few times over a week or two. But taken together, they give you more than a one-dimensional idea of how to practice dealing with fast tempos. They're mostly basically inspired by John Riley's uptempo drill in his book Beyond Bop Drumming.  

This is another one I basically improvised while practicing the pages with the quarter note pages in Syncopation with an uptempo jazz feel. It's pretty straightforward— we're doing the unison pattern from Reed, then the equivalent linear pattern, then the unison pattern split, with the bass drum after the snare drum, then split with the snare drum coming early. All easy to do just looking at the book, except the last one. 

Do these along with quarter notes on the cymbal, or the regular uptempo cymbal rhythm, plus hihat on beats 2 and 4. There are a lot of patterns over two pages, so I try to move through them quickly, in maybe 10-15 minutes of practicing. 

By the way, I've added a new label, uptempo methods, grouping all of my fast tempo jazz practice materials together, distinct from fast tempo posts broadly.

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