Frankie Malabe Drum Clinic Handout

Book cover for Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset by Frank Malabe

I went to a drum clinic by Frankie Malabe years before the popular book Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset came out. I’m pretty sure it was sometime between 1989 and 1991 at a shop called Preferable Percussions in Minneapolis.

I have an audio copy of the clinic that I’m working on converting. In the meantime, here’s a copy of the handout:

Single sheet of drumset music with various afro-cuban beats written out

Rhythms Covered on the Handout

  • Guaguancó
  • Mozambíque
  • Songo
  • Bembé
  • Merénge
  • Jaléo
  • Apanpicháo

I highly recommend getting the book if you don’t have it.

Book cover for Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset by Frank Malabe

Dan Weiss Instagram Transcription

I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram posts and want to start sharing some of my transcriptions. I’ll start with Dan Weiss.

I’ve been fortunate to take a couple of lessons from Dan Weiss and am a huge fan of his Patreon page. Every week I’m working on something new that’s fun and challenging because of an idea he sparked or a direct exercise he’s given.

I can’t remember how I first became aware of Dan, but this is one of the first Instagram videos I saw from him and I was obsessed with it. It took a couple of hours to wrap my head around it and transcribe. Once I had it I emailed Dan to see if I got it right.

I asked him if he thought about it as 16th notes or triplets. He said that it could go either way. As 16th notes it works out to a 3 beat pattern. As triplets it’s a full measure of 4/4 time.

It’s a great exercise to work on and it hits multiple things, which is common for his exercises. It really helped my left arm mobility, stick accuracy, concentration, and coordination.

Transcription

Work on as triplets and 16th notes separately until it’s comfortable. After that, try playing the pattern at the same rate, but change your thinking and counting to get used to feeling it both ways.

Be patient if it’s difficult. Eventually, you’ll want to add in the right hand on the rim of the floor tom or cymbal. Try reading from Syncopation or New Breed and then improvise.

Bonus

Check out this duo performance of Solar with Dan Weiss and Ben Wendel on tenor sax that was put out last week.

Ed Blackwell Transcription – Sounds of Joy

For as long as I can remember, Ed Blackwell has been on my short list of favorite drummers. I was first introduced to him by a teacher and mentor of mine, Phil Hey, who studied with Ed and later played with Dewey Redman.

When I was studying with Phil he had me to get two albums that Ed Blackwell plays on:

  

I think both albums are essential and they hold a special place in my collection.

The Transcription

I’ve always liked the first drum break on Sounds of Joy and have had it written out in my notebook for a few years. I love the simplicity of Blackwell’s phrasing.

As an exercise to learn how to use MuseScore, the free music notation software, I decided to get it into the computer. Let me know what you think.

Transcription of Ed Blackwell solo on Sounds of Joy by Joe Lovano

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