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Jazz Drumming Concepts

Thinking jazz
Instructor:
Colin Woolway
130 students enrolled
English [Auto]
concepts of Jazz drumming

Discover how to play and think like a jazz drummer, using exercises and ideas that will improve your drumming in general. Colin Woolway guides you through concepts and techniques that put you in the Jazz zone! Snare drum rudiments come alive as we apply them to the drum set with a modern jazz feel.

Introduction

1
Play 1/4 triplets on the bass drum against the jazz ride
2
Move left hand around the kit
3
Practice Challenge; bass play the first of every 3 notes

Filling In Triplets Part 1

1
Introduction to the concept
2
Moving it on
3
Increase tempo!
4
Moving around the kit, increase tempo!

Filling In The Triplets Part 2

1
The paradiddle diddle
2
paradiddle diddle between ride cymbal and snare
3
Inverting the paradiddle diddle between ride and snare
4
play accented paradiddle diddles, forward and reverse, around the kit

Jazz Waltz (with a syncopated 2 feel)

1
Basic Jazz waltz
2
Play the snare halfway through the bar
3
Play just the "2 feel"
4
Find the polyrhythmic jazz feel! 2 over 3!

Jazz Phrasing Co-ordination

1
Play 4 onbeats on the snare, with jazz ride cymbal
2
Play 4 offbeats on the snare, with jazz ride cymbal
3
combining onbeats and offbeats
4
Practice Challenge: play onbeats and offbeats on the bass drum

Triple Voiced Triplets

1
Triplets between hands and bass drum
2
split hands between cymbal and snare
3
add jazz swung 8th note on cymbal
4
Practice Challenge: move left hand around the kit

Triplets with offbeat bass drum

1
play first 2 partials of a triplet with left hand, with 1/4 notes on cymbal
2
play bass drum on the space for the 3rd partial
3
add jazz swung 8th note on the cymbal

Jazz Conga

1
basic rhythm, sound like a conga rhythm
2
add jazz swung 8th note
3
add floor tom

Hi Hat Stepping part 1

1
Playing an offbeat with the stepped hi hat
2
moving the offbeat
3
playing both offbeats!
4
Practice Challenge: an offbeat, add a new onbeat, move the phrase around the kit

Hi Hat Stepping part 2

1
offbeat to onbeat with the left foot hi hat
2
offbeats on stepped hi hat and snare
3
2 bar phrase with different stepped hi hat patterns
4
Practice Challenge: 2 bar phrase with different stepped offbeats

Jazz Quads

1
the basic idea; 2 with the bass, 2 with the hands
2
1 bar of jazz, 1 bar of quads moving the right hand down the toms
3
1 bar of jazz, 1 bar of quads "leaning" on the left hand on the high tom
4
Practice Challenge: Incorporate the ride cymbal

Creative Counting

1
playing triplets subdivided into 2, 3 and 4
2
same routine, but apply alternative sticking to groups go 3
3
apply accents to the toms and cymbals
4
Practice Challenge: apply alternative sticking to groups of 4: RLLL
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