This course provides an overview of concepts and techniques for soloing on the drum set. These approaches are applicable to a range of styles, from rock, funk, straight-ahead jazz and fusion to various world styles (Brazilian, Afro- Cuban), and non-idiomatic free improvisation. Students develop solo vocabulary drawn from rudimental and other sources, developing 4-limb independence through improvisation over various ostinato patterns. Topics include trading fours and an introduction to polyrhythmic drum set applications. Prerequisites: functional drum set technique.
4/4 – 6/6 (10 weeks)
Alan Hall • $395
Teacher contact: Alan Hall
COURSE TITLE: Drum Solos
An in-depth look at the musical tools, knowledge and skills needed to become a solid jazz drummer. We will look at jazz comping, soloing, charts and lead sheets, song form, musicality and styles using sticks and brushes. We will also discuss tunes that drummers, in particular, should know. Prerequisites: knowledge of and ability to play basic jazz drumming grooves (swing, bossa nova, etc.) and intermediate technical facility.
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.