Just a quick demonstration of the groove for the very funky I Want You Back by the Jackson Five. I think the rhythm is provided by Benny Benjamin and James Jamerson here but not really sure, internet doesn’t provide the info.
This looks like a great event wot I have never been to. It takes place this coming weekend, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of September. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Birmingham, it looks like a hoot. On both days there’s Jeff Davenport’s tuning workshop which is one of the best drum clinics I’ve ever seen, dense it is with information. If you saw nothing else it would be worth the price of admission.
The event includes stalls selling vintage drums and I’m told Bill Sanders will be there launching a new product. There will be live performances and clinics. Check it out.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch Ralph Salmins playing a jazz set with The Anthony Kerr Trio at the Royal College Of Music’s Percussion Festival which takes place annually at the end of June. Any drummer or percussionist would be insane to miss this amazing event which included clinics by Ralph and Jojo Mayer, percussion workshops, performances by classical percussionists and drum corps and a big band show with the college’s student band with Jojo playing drums. The event is amazing value, I’ve been for the last three years.
Anyway, watching Ralph play brushes at close quarters was a particular treat since I’ve had the privilege of having a lesson with him to improve my brush playing.
This is a drum chart transcribed by my student Franco. He’s a talented guy and has great reading chops so we’ve been working on transcribing stuff. This is his first full chart. It was created using the free Musescore application which is a full featured music notation package.
I’d never heard of Ryan Higa prior to this project but the sentiments expressed in the song are likely familiar to anyone who has experienced the joys of adolescence.
I just watched this very comprehensive video by a guy called Jai Es (pronounced J.S. as far as I can tell) about looking after your back when you’re playing the drums. I always emphasise good posture and learning how to play in a relaxed fashion. Young people in particular don’t seem very interested in the importance of maintaining good posture and playing without harming themselves because turning 40 is still a long way off and our natural frailty is almost impossible to imagine until it manifests itself in aches and pains.
I would also recommend taking a look at Jai Es’ other videos, his channel is chocka block with great drumming advice and excercises – www.youtube.com/user/DrummerJaiEs
I guess I should point out that although the advice here looks sound to me, I have no credentials whatsoever as a back-care expert and have no idea if Jai Es has either. So it’s important to learn to observe how drumming affects your body.
Here’s an interesting article from Modern Drummer that Jon McCaslin linked to in a recent post on his Four On The Floor blog. It’s a bunch of drummers sharing their thoughts on the benefits in learning to play jazz.
9. Life skills: We play drums because we love it, but the world doesn’t need another drummer. What it does need are creative, problem-solving critical thinkers who can help transform society. I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but learning to play any music that requires a high degree of improvisation, spontaneity, and listening develops skills that are transferable into other areas of life. The following are just a few of the life skills heightened by learning to play jazz: working effectively as a member of a team; improvising and thinking creatively, spontaneously, and imaginatively; entrepreneurial thinking; a willingness to experiment and take calculated risks; adaptability; self-reliance; self-confidence; synthesis skills (combining different ideas and theories); self-awareness (knowing your role and respecting others); empowerment (enabling your own voice and contribution); resourcefulness and problem-solving (modifying, altering, and adjusting); a sense of being an originator (playing, designing, and building unique parts); and collaboration (working with others to produce something different or unique).
10. Respect and acceptance: Playing jazz is a form of a democracy, where each voice is equally heard and valued. This helps to develop respect for others, acceptance of other ideas, and tolerance for differences.