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Thursday, June 04, 2020
EZ stock beats for all music
This is a page I'm using with some younger students this week— a variety of stock beats that can be used in most playing situations. We ...
Monday, June 01, 2020
Listening: Art Blakey groove number
Let's do some more guided listening. Here's Art Blakey playing a little Quincy Jones groove arrangement with a nine piece ensemble: ...
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Tootie Heath brush lesson
True old school guys approach things a whole different way from the modern technocratic thing. Here's Tootie Heath giving a brush lesson...
Friday, May 29, 2020
Daily best music in the world: 1-5 of ten albums
Reprinting this from my Facebook page — I encourage you to head over there and add me as a friend. There's a thing going around where mu...
Thursday, May 28, 2020
2/4 rhythms to triplets
Companion to the late three voice / four note patterns page, in case it wasn't challenging enough for you. This is to aid in playing th...
Monday, May 25, 2020
Very occasional quote of the day: Jimmy Cobb
“Miles could tell me the things he wanted from the drums but I didn’t let him tell me how to play them.” — Jimmy Cobb, 1979 interview by ...
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Practice loop: slow blues
A new practice loop sampled from Blues at Twilight, from Milt Jackson's album Plenty, Plenty Soul. Horace Silver is on piano here. Tempo...
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Three voice / four note patterns
Continuing in the vein of the recent three voice/three note patterns item. Let's call this series “things I have always been against wr...
Friday, May 22, 2020
RIP Thee Hippy Slayer
Sad news, Portland drummer Steve Hanford, aka Thee Hippy Slayer, has died . Best known for playing with iconic Portland punk band Poison I...
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