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Jazz Drumset Etudes, vol. 1

This book is divided into three sections, each containing the same 20 etudes. However, these etudes are orchestrated differently in each section:

Section 1 - snare only

Section 2 - snare and bass drum only

Section 3 - full kit

This video is an example of how Etude 3 evolves throughout each section of the book.

This book is divided into three sections, each containing the same 20 etudes. However, these etudes are orchestrated differently in each section:

Section 1 - snare only

Section 2 - snare and bass drum only

Section 3 - full kit

This video is an example of how Etude 8 evolves throughout each section of the book.

This book is divided into three sections, each containing the same 20 etudes. However, these etudes are orchestrated differently in each section:

Section 1 - snare only

Section 2 - snare and bass drum only

Section 3 - full kit

This video is an example of how Etude 12 evolves throughout each section of the book.

This book is divided into three sections, each containing the same 20 etudes. However, these etudes are orchestrated differently in each section:

Section 1 - snare only

Section 2 - snare and bass drum only

Section 3 - full kit

This video is an example of how Etude 16 evolves throughout each section of the book.

Etude 17 - solo no. 9

This is one of the more challenging etudes in the book, which focuses on using different combinations of singles and doubles (and triples!) around the kit.

Etude 13

In addition to playing each etude as written, I like to experiment by adding dynamics, which can really help to bring each phrase to life.

Remember the old joke: DYNAMICS?! I'm playing as loud as I can! 

Etude 10

In addition to playing each etude as written, I like to add a foot ostinato, such as a samba bass drum pattern.

Etude 4

In addition to playing each etude as written, I like to practice each etude with brushes, using the written rhythms as comping ideas.

Etude 9

In addition to playing each etude as written, I like to use the etudes in sections 1 and 2 to practice comping. Here, I play the jazz ride pattern with hihat on 2 and 4, while the written exercise is played between snare and bass drum.

Etude 14

In addition to playing each etude as written, I like to practice "playing time" for 4 bars and then use each 4 bar phrase as a solo idea.