Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fundamentals of Jazz Drumming Part One

Here is the recording mentioned in the exercise above.  


  1. Hello Andrew!

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    I was just wondering if you could give me some more examples of songs that you think is particularly good ride play-alongs. The ones that came to my mind now was Jazz Messengers - Like Someone In Love, So What and Freddie Freeloader.

    Keep doing what you do, I love this blog!

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Hey Jonathan,

      Thank you so much for the great feedback, I am really glad you are enjoying the blog!

      I think all the tunes you mentioned are great. I guess my response to your question is what tempos you are trying to learn? All the tunes you mentioned are in the medium range, which is definitely the best place to start. I would say it is better to spend more time with fewer tracks than less time with a greater number, so I think you are pretty well set up for now in terms of medium tempo stuff.

      If you want to start working on faster or slower tempos, lots of new examples pop up. For example right now I am working on my faster tempos, so I have been spending a lot of time playing along with "Easy To Love" from the Cannonball Adderley album "Nippon Soul" (the drummer is Lois Hayes).

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Well that makes alot of sense actually, I´ve been working on Remember and So What now for the past three days and I´ve already noticed a huge difference in my overall jazzsound and groove!

    Sticking to just a few songs and really try to nail the grooves in those makes most sense to me.

    How about something really slow and maybe a tune in that annoying temporange that is just before the flattens out? Any tips?

    1. just before the ride flattens out*