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

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I sometimes write minimal piano music only to contrast it with busy, breakbeaty beckbeat explorations.  One part of me has a very methodical approach when it comes to practicing/playing the drums.  The other part needs to let go and sketch, improvise and flow – without thought.  Ideally, as an artist, I live a little bit…More

16th Note Hi-Hat Variations in a drum beat

Here’s something I like to practice: I’m improvising grooves while working my way through different 16th note variations on the hi-hat. I’ve found this to be a great way to come up with new ideas, strengthen my coordination, and improve my timing on the drums. Too often we drummers forget about the endless possibilities seemingly…More