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    Solo arrangement of Caravan

    I finally got a good video of my version of Caravan: h/t to Jeff Hamilton and Ari Hoenig!
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    The Drum Set As Melody Instrument

    Hey Guys, Here is something I have been working on for a while. My argument in a nutshell is that the drum set should be reclassified as a "conditionally pitched" percussion instrument. Please check out the article and let me know what you think...
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    My New Website

    Hi Everyone, I have been on the forum for a while and typically share posts to my blog "The Melodic Drummer". I recently finished my new website which has my blog as well as more info about me. Check it out:
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    Minor "Stick Control" Revision

    Hey Guys, I wrote an article explaining what I think the first column of "Stick Control" should look like here: Basically, I think the first column should include inverted double strokes. Has anyone already wrote...
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    Brush comping question

    Hey Everyone, I have a question about how you all handle comping with brushes. Talking about brushes is hard enough, let alone writing about them, but I will try to make this as clear as possible. When you are comping with your left hand, do you make the comping rhythm fit into your...
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    Beyond a Beat

    Hey Guys, Recently I have been working on the idea of how to get "beyond a beat". That is to say, to master a new groove to the point where I can be as flexible with it as the music calls for me to be and not be stuck in a pattern. I wrote a piece about the process of trying to get to this...
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    Solo version of St. Thomas

    Here is a solo version of the tune "St. Thomas" that I just recorded:
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    Creative Drum Solo Exercise

    Hey Guys, I wanted to share this exercise with you and get some feedback. The idea is to make an arrangement of a tune and play it entirely on the drums. I got this idea from Jeff Hamilton, and I have found it to be a...
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    Don't just listen to drummers!

    Hi guys, I just put up a blog post about the idea of drawing inspiration from other instruments that I wanted to discuss with you all: I have become increasingly conscious of how important it is to not limit my...
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    A Philly Joe 4

    Hey Guys, Just put up a new post that discusses a great 4-bar phrase from Philly Joe. I tried to go beyond just explaining what the phrase is to some ideas for how to internalize it and apply it. I would love any feedback from you...
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    5/4 Dawson Exercise

    Hey Guys, I just wanted to share a cool exercise that I adapted from Alan Dawson's aptly named book, "The Drummers Complete Vocabulary". I had the idea of putting exercises from "Stick Control" into 5/4 from Todd Bishop floating around in my imagination and I decided to apply it to the awesome...
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    Ludwig "Speed Master"

    Hey Guys, This is the first time I have posted in the "Gear" section, but I had to share this blog post with you because there is an issue I would like to get your feedback on. The post is about how much I enjoyed playing on a vintage Ludwig "Speed Master", you can read it here...
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    Drumming hasn't gotten better

    Hi Everyone, I just put up a post that I wanted to discuss with you guys as it addresses a pretty common misconception I encounter in the drum community. This is what it boils down to, the historical evolution of the art of drumming doesn't mean that drumming and drummers have gotten better...
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    Learning new music

    Hey Guys, Learning new music is a huge part of being a musician, but it is not something that I see a lot of discussion about. Here is a blog post I just put together with some advice for navigating this process: My basic position...
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    Jazz Comping

    Hi Everyone, Just wanted to share a new post I put up about my approach to learning how to comp: I am also curious to find what you guys found to be the most effective ways to learn (and teach) how to comp? I...
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    The Jazz Ride Cymbal Beat

    Hey Guys, I just posted a new lesson about learning to really play/hear the jazz ride cymbal beat: I am wondering what methods worked best for you when you were learning how to play the ride cymbal beat? What...
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    Why is it important to memorize?

    Hi Guys, I just put up a new post about memorization and I wanted to get some feedback from the community: Specifically I am wondering if you guys prioritize memorization in your own practice? If so, what kinds of things do you try to...
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    Learning to play shout sections

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to start a conversation about playing shout sections, a topic I cover in my most recent blog post: Here are some questions for you guys. Who are your favorite shout section players? What is your approach to playing shout...
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    The Instrument Is An Illusion

    Let me just preface this thread by saying that I know that this can be a sensitive topic for some people, and so I am approaching this topic with the utmost respect and humility. Recently the mighty Pollyanna pointed me towards some great video of Hal Galper masterclasses. In one of the...
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    Double Strokes Around the Drums

    Hi Guys, I just put up a video lesson on my blog about an application of double strokes around the drums. Here is the video: I was wondering if you guys have any creative applications or phrasings of double stroke rolls that you like to use? There...