Wanted to give a quick plug for a piece of Mac software I find really useful. If you’re like me, you keep A LOT of music on your hard drives. I had a hard time keeping track of it all until I started using DiskCatalogMaker.
What I like most is that once you make catalogs of your hard drives, you can search the catalogs without having to hook up the hard drives. It saves me so much time, since I have music stored across several large hard drives.
1. Drum Solo N°1 2. Basics- Gadgets – Effects 3. Rudiments – Drum Roll, Flams, Single Stroke 4. Rim Shots – Tom Tom 5. Drummers That I Met – Baby Dodds 6. Josh 7. Unnamed Drummer From St Louis 8. A.G. Godley – Alvin Burroughs – Gene Krupa 9. Sid Catlett 10. Unnamed And Unplaced Drummer Walter Johnson 11. Sonny Greer 12. Billy Gladstone Manzy Campbell 13. Chick Webb 14. Baby Lovett 15. Dancers That I Met 16. Pete Nugent 17. Eddie Rector 18. Baby Laurence 19. Bill – Bojangles – Robinson 20. Colours 21. Drums Solo N°2 22. Sweet Sue By Willie The Lion Smith And Jo Jones
While I still practice with a metronome every day, I like to mix it up, especially when practicing jazz independence and sticking exercises. Lately I’ve been using Meet the Bass Player by Allan Cox. It’s a staple of my practice routine.
This playalong is simple, just bass and rhythm guitar that doesn’t get in the way.
There are a good range of tempos from slow to fast that make it usable whether I’m working on something for the first time or trying to push myself.
I’m currently working a lot on feathering the bass drum (with a strong hi-hat on 2 & 4 and a standard cymbal beat). Meet the Bass Player has been invaluable.
I end each practice session by focusing on my feathering technique with the bass tracks at 180bpm, 220bpm, 260bpm and 300bpm. Just two weeks ago my max was 260bpm, so I’m encouraged.
Here’s a detail of the tracks and tempos:
The other thing this jazz bassline playalong is great for is when working on brush patterns. Having a clean bass line to focus on really helps to hear the brush rhythms and highlights any weaknesses that may need to be worked on.
This is very easy to recommend and a great value at around $10.
I wanted to write a quick recommendation for a couple of drum books I use as an alternative to Ted Reed’s Syncopation.
If you’re a jazz drummer, then you probably know why this book is so popular and how it can be used. If you don’t, Alan Dawson will do a much better job of explaining than I do, so I recommend getting his book, The Complete Drummer’s Vocabulary. His exercises that use pages from Syncopation as a foundation are legendary and I spent a lot of time practicing them when I studied with John Ramsay at Berklee.
Having been through Syncopation so many times, my teacher recently recommended two books by Louis Bellson that are excellent. I’m surprised I had never owned either of them until now. One is in 4/4 and the other handles odd time signatures.