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The Fundamentals
Of Jazz Drumming

This section covers a lot of jazz drumming basics, giving you some tips on how to play jazz drums, including the basic jazz drum beat, how to read jazz drum notation and what jazz music to listen to. Everything you need to start playing the jazz drum set.

Basic Placements | Jazz Drumming Fundamentals | On Jazz Drumming

Beat Placements are simply about placing a figure or idea on every possible place in the bar to systematically cover all possibilities. This is an essential practice tool that I find constantly useful.

Basic Rhythmic Scale | Jazz Drumming Fundamentals | On Jazz Drumming

The rhythmic scale and the transitions between the primary ways of sub dividing the beat is an essential element in your development as a jazz drummer. It will also open up many more possibilities in your drumming.

Bossa Nova Beats | jazz drumming fundamentals | on jazz drumming

Playing Bossa Nova is an essential part of playing jazz drums. Here are three basic Bossa Nova beats to get you started.

jazz shuffle | jazz drumming fundamentals | on jazz drumming

The jazz shuffle is a basic groove that has its roots in the blues and was made popular by Art Blakey.

jazz drumming in 3/4 | jazz drumming fundamentals | on jazz drumming

Once you have become comfortable with playing jazz in 4/4, you will need to work on playing in 3/4, a jazz waltz. You will start to find that there are some popular tunes played in 3/4 - a good exam is “All Blues” from the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue” - and that on a gig a couple of the tunes are likely to be in 3/4.

triplet jazz drumming comping figures - on jazz drumming

Once your main jazz cymbal pattern is flowing and comfortable, it is time to think about adding comping figures with the snare drum and bass drum.

 

beginner jazz drumming comping figures - on jazz drumming

Once your main jazz cymbal pattern is flowing and comfortable, it is time to think about adding comping figures with the snare drum and bass drum.

 

Understanding the Jazz Cymbal Pattern - on jazz drumming

This is probably the single most important aspect of jazz drumming - good cymbal time. Here we look at how to conceptualize and practice it. Essential for beginners but also a helpful reminder and review for the rest of us.

sub-dividing the beat - on jazz drumming

Once you understand which note on the stave stands for which part of the drum you, you then have to understand the rhythmic values of each note. In this post I will briefly explain and show you the sub-divisions of the beat.

how to read drum music - on jazz drumming

In order to use the jazz drumming resources on this site you need to able to read drum music and understand drum notation. Here is a rough guide to reading drum music.