This dynamic guide is a creative and methodical array of hot, grooving, dexterity-building, rudimental exercises. Each series of grooves is divided into seven sections that are one-hand, single-stroke, diddle, flam, drag, roll, and rudiment combinations.Â Rudimental Snare Drum Grooves is intended to serve as a bridge between beginning and more advanced player methods. This method enables you to approach each rudiment as a rhythmic study, allowing for a more groove-driven sound while performing rudiments. The accompanying CD provides professionally performed demonstrations of all the grooves shown in the book.
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As promised, here are some Latin independence exercises interpreted from some of the teaching of drummers Dafnis Prieto and Antonio Sanchez. The idea of this initial series was to create practice exercises using just Stick Control and Syncopation. Today we’ll just focus on Stick Control.
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As one of the nationâ€™s foremost college percussion educators, Johnny Lee Lane has taught and inspired percussion students for over 33 years and has been a leader within the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching band activity. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey folks, Darren Scorza here. This is the first of a series of articles featuring a common theme. I’m calling it “The Frugal Drummer”. Throughout these articles, I’ll show you some of the ideas that I’ve developed using just “Syncopation” and “Stick Control”.
I still remember the day that Prof Lane started showing me the Alan Dawson method of using Syncopation to develop jazz independence. Ever since then I’ve been trying different ideas, and trying to come up with other challenges using these methods. Of course, Stick Control can also be used at the drumset. And this is nothing new, all kinds of drummers have come up with cool exercises using these books. Gary Chester’s New Breed takes these concepts even further.
Books with very specific applications are very useful, but I don’t seem to find a lot of uses for what’s in them, beyond a purely technical proficiency. However, many of the exercises I’m gonna display were created to fix a certain technical problem I was having. One day’s new exercise was yesterday’s screw-up on the bandstand. I hope you enjoy working through them, and please contact me with an comments or questions.
Please go along with me on these titles. My third favorite book is Charles Wilcoxon’s “Modern Rudimental Swing Solos” book. I always loved the weird titles. Enjoy!!
So here we go with part one of “the Frugal Drummer.”
Want to hear how Prof’s cadences are meant to be played? Here’s your chance!
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Here is an very interesting article for the website from one of my students of my first five years at Eastern. Prof.
Ladies and Gentlemen, at the request of the â€œProfâ€, my mentor, my hero, Johnny Lee Lane, I am sharing some thoughts on my experiences teaching overseas. This August I will begin my twenty-second year of working overseas. Add to that my three year tour in Germany while in the United States Air Force and I have spent nearly half my life living on continents other than North America. Read the rest of this entry »