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How to Play with Good Feel

musical-drummer

Overview

As drummers, we’ve all heard the word “feel” mentioned a lot when it comes to playing various styles of music. But what is feel? What constitutes a good musical feel? What tools do you need to acquire in order to develop it, and how do you develop your instincts for playing with good feel? In this class we’ll take a deep dive into how the drummer makes the music sound and feel good (like Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good and it feels good, it is good!”). We’ll break this big concept down into smaller technical and conceptual building blocks, covering touch, tone, dynamics, pocket, swing, and groove. We’ll examine which characteristics of feel differ from style to style and which concepts are similar, and dig lots of musical examples of drummers playing with great feel across a range of styles. Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with jazz, rock, funk, and blues drumming styles recommended, but open to all levels.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/10 – 6/5 (9 weeks)
Jeremy Steinkoler • $375

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Drum

COURSE TITLE: How to Play with Good Feel

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

As drummers, we’ve all heard the word “feel” mentioned a lot when it comes to playing various styles of music. But what is feel? What constitutes a good musical feel? What tools do you need to acquire in order to develop it, and how do you develop your instincts for playing with good feel? In this class we’ll take a deep dive into how the drummer makes the music sound and feel good (like Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good and it feels good, it is good!”). We’ll break this big concept down into smaller technical and conceptual building blocks, covering touch, tone, dynamics, pocket, swing, and groove. We’ll examine which characteristics of feel differ from style to style and which concepts are similar, and dig lots of musical examples of drummers playing with great feel across a range of styles. Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with jazz, rock, funk, and blues drumming styles recommended, but open to all levels.

Jeremy Steinkoler (drums)

B.A., University of Michigan. Studied with Norman Grossman in NYC. Co-Founder and Co-Director of the award-winning BandWorks Rock ’n’ Roll Music Program. Founder and Director of East Bay Drum School. Instructor on staff at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp since 1996, Co-Director from 1999-2001. Has taught workshops and clinics in Dublin, Ireland, Ann Arbor, MI, and around Northern CA. Plays currently with Mo’Fone, J. Steinkoler Quartet, Jenna & the Charmers, Bait & Switch Blues Band, and various jazz players and singer/songwriters. Has also performed and recorded with Kirk Joseph, Dave Ellis, Clarence Bucaro, Jenna Mammina, Guru Garage, Mamadou Sidibe, Chelle & Friends, members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rachel Efron, Valerie Orth, Hot Links, Kevin Beadles Band, Phatlip, and others. Performed multiple times at SFJAZZ & Monterey Jazz Festivals, Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, etc. Recently published a book of essays on drumming called Finding the Groove (Hudson Music). jsteinkoler.com

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