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Learn a Jazz Tune in Three Steps

March 24, 2010

1. Melody From an accurate lead sheet, play through the melody from three to 10 times with a metronome set to a medium tempo. After you find yourself playing the song while not really reading the notes anymore, turn the sheet over and play it again from memory. If you make a mistake, just continue […]

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Swingin’ Transitions For Drummers

February 6, 2009

It is safe to say that all of us have either listened to, or played in, a young jazz group and that we are well aware of that awkward point in the music when the drum-fill transition approaches and the very excited drummer either rushes, drags, freezes, or plays something completely inappropriate. I cringe when […]

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