I'm still here!

Wow, things have been super busy lately and I’m feeling so grateful for so many people and things that have happened recently!

Anyway, just wanted to say that I haven’t completely abandoned the idea of trying to be more active about this blog page. However, I would like to pose a question: is blogging even still a thing? Has it yet been completely usurped by the facebook/instagram/twitter/(insert social media platform here)? Possibly … but nonetheless, this still remains a place to type about stuff in long form. Yay!

Well, cool … gotta go!


PS - I’m having a back-to-school sale on my book, but chances are good you probably already knew that considering my website analytics tell me that roughly 80% of my traffic comes via instagram. But, yeah, already posted about it yesterday. Ok, bye.

The Mountain View Studio

Happy New Year!!! Is it too late to say that now? ... probably so ... wait, have I said this same exact thing in an earlier blog post? can't remember ...

ANYWAY, I've been recording drums from my home studio in South Pasadena, CA for a few years, and I'm officially ready to publicly spread the word that I'm available for remote tracking. I've mostly been keeping it on the DL ... only tracking for friends or friends-of-friends in the LA area, but why not spread the love, right?!

If you'd like me to play drums/percussion on any of your projects, please contact me and we can discuss!

Also, my wife is a killer pianist ... so if you need any piano or keyboards tracked she's got you covered!

Here's a link to our studio website: http://themountainviewstudio.com/


Happy New Year ... again ...



NEW Educational Page!

OK! I've finally created an educational page with content. Yay!

There are five sets of pdfs:

1.  Warm-ups and Rudimental Exercises

2. Basic Jazz Comping Exercises for Snare

3. Basic Beats (Rock/Pop/Funk)

4. One and Two Beat Duration Fills

5. Basic Jazz Solo Vocabulary

Obviously, I didn't invent any of these exercises, beats, or fills. They are all pieces of drumming vocabulary that I've either learned from my teachers over the years, or beats and fills that I've heard on classic recordings. The idea behind posting these documents is to give drummers of all skills levels a location to access the most basic drumming information I teach with ease.

  1. Great for the classical percussionist who wants to learn how to play drumset.
  2. Great for instructors looking for fundamental teaching materials.
  3. Great for self-taught drummers who are looking for new learning resources.
  4. Great for musicians who want to learn drums (reminds me of joke - What do you call a person who hangs out with musicians? Answer: a drummer!)

Ok ... bad joke ... anyway ...

These pdfs are available to download for FREE! Just click on the thumbnails and a new window will open where you can download them.

Also, please let me know if you have any feedback!

Thanks to my wife Kait for her mastery of Finale!


How to practice drums

It's been a long time since my last post, but I'm going to get better at this blog thing.

Anyway, I'm going to create an "education" page dedicated to my own teaching materials and concepts. I've been thinking about it for a long time, so now it's just a matter of churning it out and publishing it on the site.



There are a lot of great things in store for this year!

On the educational front, I’ve been working on Volume II of Jazz Drumset Etudes, which will be an appropriate and worthy successor to Volume I. 

On the recording side of things, the home studio is rapidly evolving, but is still in beta test mode. If you have any tracks that you’d like me to play on, please feel free to hit me up on the contact page. More to come on studio developments later!

On the live gig tip, it’s always fun getting to play a variety of styles. I feel so grateful to live in a city where it’s possible to play in a swingin’ big band one night, a funky funk band the next, and maybe an all out rock concert the night after that!

Speaking of gratitude, I’d like to thank all of the wonderful companies that I get to be a part of - Gretsch drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Remo drumheads. Recently, I picked up a Gretsch Brooklyn Series kit and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s so wonderfully versatile and fun to play. Zildjian keeps coming out with amazing instruments, as well. I’ve been loving my 20” Kerope ride, but looking forward to trying one of the new “A’s” they just unveiled at the NAMM show.

OK - that’s all I got for now. I’m going to try very hard to do more blog posts this year.

Thanks for reading!

Maiden Bloggage

Hi there. This is my first blog post on the newly redesigned jakereedmusic.com, and my first blog post ever for that matter. I'll be journaling some thoughts in this very location from time to time - possibly in a formal or informal tone. It might be about music, drums, life, food, dogs, the Earth, the Universe ... or anything else ... you never know, but I'll try to do it often. However, don't expect the first few posts to be amazing. Like anything else in life that is worth improving, this is going to take some practice.

USC just hosted its 132nd commencement last Friday. It's crazy to think that it's been two years since I graduated - Class of '13, DMA in Jazz Studies (Fight On!). Anyway, it feels good to be doing what I love everyday, and to keep evolving as a musician and person. In thinking back to my studies at USC, learning how to constantly examine, re-examine, and change (i.e. evolve/grow) how I think about a certain topic or thing is among the top lessons I really learned as a doctoral candidate. I mean, this is something one works on throughout high school and undergrad, but Thornton's DMA program really tested my abilities and pushed me to get better. That being said, I'm also very glad it's over. Now there's more time to focus on other fun stuff - like making music.

Los Angeles is a great place to be right now, and I feel fortunate to be here and to be able to make music with so many friends and colleagues. There are a lot of cool things around the bend, and I intend on keeping this site up-to-date. If I don't, please email me and let me know that I'm slacking or leave a comment below.

Ok ... more to come soon!