Last September I recorded drums for the band Executive Order at Honolulu’s Blue Planet Sound recording studio.
The first single “All Bleed Red” was released today on all digital platforms.
I had a blast getting into character and playing some Rock again… back to my roots!
If you like some good rocking tunes, big guitars, a strong hook and in-your-face vocals, check it out.
Produced and mixed by Michael Cutting in Brazil, mastered by David Zaffiro (Nashville).
USPS is experiencing some delays, so I’m still waiting for my iPad adapter to provide a better Zoom experience, but I should be good to go next week.
My old MacBook is huffing and puffing, trying to run #Zoom and #AddictiveDrums2 simultaneously.
Used the downtime to shoot a short promo video.
Quite the challenge to chop it down to a minute 🙂
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This Covid thing isn’t going away, so like everyone else, I have to make adjustments.
I’m still waiting on some audio gear, but hope to offer online Zoom drum lessons soon.
From hand technique, rudiments and chops, to timing and groove concepts, reading, or just how to get started… I’m happy to share what I’ve learned over my thirty-plus years of playing the drums.
I’ll keep you posted on when I’m up and running!
Drummers and drum teachers,
For a short period of time
Play As You Are, Time Well Spent, and Kick Start are available in the Kindle store for $4.99 each.
Thanks to everyone who tuned in and watched our set at Theatrix Hawaii.
To be honest, it was weird to play for cameras and not a live audience, but we all had a blast and enjoyed playing music together — the first time in over 3 months!
If you missed it, you can rewatch it here.
Mahalos for all the support from near and far, Eric Ho, and the team at Theatrix Hawaii.
Next up, on July 8th, are
Jasmine Nicole and FIA.
Here’s a Timing/Coordination Groove Exercise I like to do.
The bass drum plays a “Bo Diddley pattern.”
The left hand plays the 2 + 4 backbeat.
The right hand moves through all the 16th note variations of a 4 note grouping on the Hi-Hat, e.g.:
X… = Quarter Note (ONE e and a)
.X.. = 2nd 16th Note (one E and a)
..X. = the off beat (one e AND a)
…X = 4th 16th Note (one e and A)
2nd run through is BOTH hands in UNISON
This might be incredibly boring to watch (LOL), but it’s an exercise I’ve found tremendously helpful to develop coordination and good timing.
Wanted to share.
I’m excited to play my first show in three months with the
JayKeyzProject at Theatrix Hawaii, on Wednesday, July 1st!
The concert is virtual and will be streamed live on
Theatrix Hawaii’s Facebook page.
Jason Laeha‘s set is from 7:00-7:45 pm HST, and we go on after, from 8 to 9 pm, HST.
Hope to “see you” there.
I’ve always loved the half-time shuffle feel, a la Bernard Purdie.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different Hi-Hat variations while keeping the rest locked in.
Needs work, but there’s for some interesting vibes …
Here are three variations:
One of my younger drum students loves Hard Rock, classic Heavy Metal, … and Star Trek.
His favorite series is Star Trek: Enterprise, which features a version of Faith of the Heart (aka Where My Heart Will Take Me) as sung by Russell Watson.
I made a quick transcription of the 1:18 min piece. It’s not note for note but gives you a good idea of what’s going on, drum wise.
At 65bpm, it’s a classic rock ballad and features some signature drum fills, especially in the outro.
I was unable to find out who’s drumming on the recording. Please leave a comment if you happen to know.
You can download the free pdf
In the age of flashy YouTube and Instagram drumming stars it’s easy to forget that it’s surprisingly hard to play slow beats with lots of space between the notes.
It makes sense to me: The more notes you pack into a beat, the easier it is to get away with sloppy placement or bad timing. Especially to the untrained ear.
Here’s a simple, yet challenging exercise I like to practice:
I play through all rate variations on the hi-hat while maintaining a simple beat between bass drum and snare drum. Note, there is no “One” on the bass drum, which really forces you to feel the rhythm internally, rather than relying on coming down hard on the downbeat with your right foot.
In the video I play each beat twice, before moving on to the next one.
So Cold ( feat. D’Angelo on Rhodes) by Don-E & Azure
You can download the sheet music