Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Birthday George Benson

Just a short post today. I found this footage on social media today. Check out the wonderful and extremely underrated Joe Dukes! Wow!

It's also worth noting that the trading of solos including the 4 bars of stop time is a great way of letting the rhythm section conserve their energy in a fast tune like this!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Asymmetrical stockings Part 2

I've been seeing a few of these type of things recently in Cruise Ship Drummer and Max Senitt's site, which makes me think there might be this mass drum consciousness we're all turned into!
Anyway, it's simple a paradiddle and an extras stroke and the same thing off of the left hand, thusly:
A nice nine beat sticking played off of each hand. Some possible things to do with it.

!) A bar of triplets in 3/4. Could be an afro cuban thing possible
2) Same as 1) but could play it in four so it goes over the barline.
3) Played as 8th notes in 4 so it goes over the barline.
4) Played as two bars of 9/8
5) Played as an odd grouping nonet in two bars of 4/4

etc. etc. etc.
Have fun!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Han Bennink exercises

Much thanks to Jon McCaslin for this.
I finally got to see Mr. Bennink play live in a small room in Guelph playing SNARE DRUM ONLY!
I was blown away by his commitment and creativity. Here are some exercises to tap into that creativity yourself.

Han Bennink :

"Play as fast as you can for 5 minutes without repeating yourself."

"Same thing goes for slow, loud, soft and any combination of them."

"Play one piece of your drumkit for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting, do this untill you have played all pieces."

"Repeat the same beat for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting."

"Play a crescendo lasting 5 minutes ending as loud as possible."

"Play solid time for 5 minutes, check with metrone before and after, repeat untill your time is really solid."

"Play completely free for 5 minutes, no time is allowed."

"When you think you have become good at these exercises extend them by 5 minutes each. etc. These exercises should last you a lifetime."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Drummers of Frank Zappa

I stumbled on this video a few weeks ago, but since this is Zappa's birthday, it seemed especially appropriate to post it.

And here's just the performances.....

A few takeaways.

The group drumming excerpts are wonderful, very musical.
It's great to see the love and respect all the people on the panel have for each other.
Sadly, it sounds like Ruth Underwood doesn't play anymore. I guess when one is challenged by a musical visionary like Zappa, it's probably hard to go back to regular gigs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ted's Warren Commission at The Jazz Room

Here's a video of my band playing "Dark Matter" from our new recording, " The Great Regina Pizza Debate". Sorry, my daughter filmed it sideways, and try as I might I couldn't get it turned around in iMovie. At least this way it can be watched while lying down.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Two words

Chuck Thompson