Play As You Are

“Play As You Are: A Collection Of Essays – Picking A Drummer’s Mind” was released five years ago, in September 2015. Thanks to everyone who read it and a big shout-out to those who left a review on Amazon! To celebrate, the title will be available for only $3.99 for a few days. Kindle Store…More

Executive Order- All Bleed Red (Single)

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,…More

Online Drum Lessons

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…More

Zoom Drum Lessons

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…More

ebooks on Amazon

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.More

Jay Keyz Project @ Theatrix Hawaii

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…More

Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise

Aloha drummers! 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)…More

Theatrix Hawaii – The Virtual Venue

Hi everyone, 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.…More

Half Time Shuffle Variations

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:More