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How your body and brain learns during practicing | jazz drumming inspiration | on Jazz drumming

How your body and brain learns during practicing

All musicians struggle with practice and how to practice effectively. What to practice is very much dependent on your level and your playing goals. How to practice usually means focusing on what you can't do, or at least on what you can't do well enough. But few of us know why practising works and what is going on in the body and brain.

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jazz drumming idea 37 | Mixing Rolls | on jazz drumming

Mixing Rolls

This idea combines 5 stroke, 7 stroke, and 9 stroke rolls into some interesting phrases.

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jazz drumming idea 29 | Hand to Foot Control | on jazz drumming

Hand to Foot Control

Some control exercises between the snare drum and bass drum with straight eighth note feels...

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jazz drumming idea 27 | Rolls at different tempos | on jazz drumming

Rolls At Different Tempos

Here is an outline of how to think about rolls at different tempos, while keeping an accent on the last beat of the triplet.

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jazz drumming idea 25 | The Other Phrase - Extensions | on jazz drumming

The Other Simple Phrase - Extensions

The third in a series working on ways to interpret another simple common rhythmic pattern. Finally: extensions - applying the figure to longer phrases.

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John Riley Headroom Triplets | On Jazz Drumming

John Riley's Headroom Triplets

I've mentioned John Riley's Headroom triplets in some posts so here's the original video and a PDF of the exercises. 

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Winard Harper - Learning to play drums - On Jazz Drumming

Learning to Play the Drums - Winard Harper

Jazz drummer Winard Harper gives a masterclass on how to play jazz drums, and talks about rudiments and playing melodically...

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jazz drumming idea 18 | Stick Transitions Warm Up | on jazz drumming

Stick Transitions Warm Up

A simple warm-up that moves through some common stickings.

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jazz drumming idea 16 | Uptempo Paradiddle Inversions Between the Snare and Kick | on jazz drumming

Uptempo Paradiddle Inversions with Snare and Kick

This idea explores paradiddle inversions as comping ideas for uptempo playing.

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how to practice jazz drums - on jazz drumming

How to practice jazz drums

Practice, practice, practice. That’s what they say and it’s true. The key to getting good at anything, from jazz drumming to languages, is to practice. However, any old practice won’t do, you need to pay attention to how you practice. In this post, I will give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your practice sessions ...

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