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Intro to Jazz Drumming

Caribbean-Sensibility

Overview

An in-depth look at the musical tools, knowledge and skills needed to become a solid jazz drummer. Topics covered include keeping time, comping and soloing with sticks and brushes, reading charts and lead sheets, learning common styles and grooves, and developing musicality. Prerequisites: Intermediate technical facility.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Alan Hall • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Drums

Teacher contact: Alan Hall

ahall@cjc.edu

COURSE TITLE: Intro to Jazz Drumming

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An in-depth look at the musical tools, knowledge and skills needed to become a solid jazz drummer. Topics covered include keeping time, comping and soloing with sticks and brushes, reading charts and lead sheets, learning common styles and grooves, and developing musicality.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

We will develop a solid grounding in basic hand and foot technique, jazz comping independence, brush patterns and some essential Latin grooves that every jazz drummer should know. We will begin developing the reading skills and basic soloing techniques you will need to as a jazz drummer. We will be listening to numerous recordings throughout the course.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Intermediate technical facility.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:

“Syncopation” by Ted Reed


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

“Modern Reading Text in 4/4” by Bellson/Breines

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: 4/4 jazz ostinato with jabs. intro to triplets.

Week 2: bossa nova introduced. review.

Week 3: “traveling” with triplets. groove to fill studies. review.

Week 4: bass drum exercises. hand rituals, warm-ups. review

Week 5: intro to brushes. basic slow to med slow pattern. review

Week 6: brushes continued, ballad “hook” pattern. review.

Week 7: brushes continued. up tempo “double-sided pattern”. review.

Week 8: groove switching- “2-feel”, Latin to swing, double time, 1/2 time. review

Week 9: intro to lead sheets.

Week 10: putting it all together.

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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