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Advanced Funk Drumming

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Overview

This course is for proficient drummers who want to take their playing to the next level through the study of challenging material. Learn advanced funk grooves, 4-way coordination exercises and polyrhythms applied to the drum set. Focus on the style and development of innovative jazz, funk and fusion players including East Bay funk pioneers David Garibaldi (Tower of Power) and Mike Clark (Headhunters), Steve Gadd, Clyde Stubblefield (the original funky drummer) and modern jazz masters Tony Williams and Roy Haynes. Instructor Joe Bagale also accompanies students on electric bass in class, giving participants essential hands-on experience trying out these grooves and concepts in a rhythm section context. Prerequisites: ability to play traditional drum rudiments (double stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, etc.), intermediate technical facility and 4-way coordination.

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/3 – 6/12 (10 weeks) (no class 5/29)
Joe Bagale • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Drums

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Funk Drumming

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is for proficient drummers who want to take their playing to the next level through the study of challenging material. Learn advanced funk grooves, 4-way coordination exercises and poly- rhythms applied to the drum set. Focus on the style and development of innovative jazz, funk and fusion players including East Bay funk pioneers David Garibaldi (Tower of Power) and Mike Clark (Headhunters), Steve Gadd, Clyde Stubblefield (the original funky drummer) and modern jazz masters Tony Williams and Roy Haynes. Instructor Joe Bagale also accompanies students on electric bass in class, giving participants essential hands-on experience trying out these grooves and concepts in
a rhythm section context.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The objectives are course participants’ expected learning outcomes and should be approximately 50 words or less.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites: ability to play traditional drum rudiments (double stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, etc.), intermediate technical facility and 4-way coordination.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: None.

REQUIRED LISTENING: James Brown, The Meters, Sly and the Family stone, Herbie Hancock Headhunters, Tower of Power, Stuff, Prince, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Bernard Purdie.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Teacher/Student introduction; Joe’s double number snare warm up and rudiments, applying the paradiddle to the entire drum set, playing with 16th notes in the bass drum.

Week 2

Ghost notes and how to syncopate à la Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)

Week 3

Linear drumming intro: How Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) drumming on “Cissy Strut” changed the way you can play the drums.

Week 4

The funk of Bernard Purdie

Week 5

Sly and the Family Stone’s “There’s a riot going on” and “Fresh”

Week 6

Paradiddles and their inversions applied to the drums à la David Garibaldi (Tower of Power)

Week 7

Linear drumming round two: Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock) and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power)

Week 8

Steve Gadd’s application of rudiments and how linear drumming could play a part in pop music.

Week 9

Transcribing techniques and how to hear the drums in recordings

Week 10

Class review and where to go from here

Joe Bagale (drums)

Eastman School of Music (1.5 years) currently lead vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist with Mickey Hart Band. Leads Joe Bagale band, performs with Jazz Mafia, Hot Einstein, Disappear Incompletely. 

joebagale.com

 

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