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Advanced Jazz Drumming

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Overview

This hands-on course is designed for the experienced drummer looking to expand comping technique and solo vocabulary. Concepts covered include linear drumming, broken triplets, time displacement and ostinato soloing. Prerequisites: technical facility and familiarity with standard jazz drum set grooves.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Alan Hall • $395

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Drums

Teacher contact: Alan Hall

ahall@cjc.edu

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Jazz Drumming

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This hands-on course is designed for the experienced drummer looking to expand comping technique and solo vocabulary. Concepts covered include linear drumming, broken triplets, time displacement and ostinato soloing.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

We will familiarize ourselves with linear time keeping and soloing. Develop an understanding and confidence with broken time feels and some odd times. Students will tackle the thorny independence challenge of soloing over ostinato foot patterns. We will explore ways to work with polyrhythms.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

technical facility and familiarity with standard jazz drum set grooves.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:

“Modern Reading Text in 4/4” by Louis Bellson and Gil Breines


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

“Stick Control” by George Lawrence Stone

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

discussion and demonstration of linear drumming in a jazz context

listening

Week 2

linear drumming continued – in comping mode

Week 3

linear comping continued

review

Week 4

introduction to linear soloing exercises

review

Week 5

linear soloing continued

review

Week 6

“broken” time feels discussed

review

Week 7

odd time jazz comping

pendulum effect

clave strategy

Week 8

soloing and independence over samba foot ostinato

Week 9

soloing and independence over baiao foot ostinato

Week 10

intro to basic polyrhythmic applications

Alan Hall (drums)

Advisor, Drum Program. Former assistant professor at Berklee College of Music; adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley; clinician; author; performed with Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Eddie Harris, Bruce Wilamson, Art Lande, Tom Coster, Kit Walker, Rebecca Parris, Kai Eckhardt, Stuart Hamm; artist endorsement with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Accessories.

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