"Fill-In The Gap"
While students may be very comfortable and experienced with playing fills and solo breaks in a rock or pop music style, the soloing techniques and rhythms that are associated with jazz/swing drumming are significantly different. Soloing, whether in the context of an ensemble or as part of an audition, is one of the required techniques for all drummers in any style. This book will provide a step-by-step approach on incorporating jazz drum soloing and fill techniques that are based upon the triplet rhythmic framework.
“I’m so happy to finally see a series of books coming out that focus on the jazz-drummer. The series of books, authored by my dear friend and mentor John Larson, are without a doubt the most succinct and well-thought tutors that have been released on this topic. The series of three, cover the most important aspects of which drummers of all skill levels should address in their practice routines, daily.
Ba-Doom Ching clearly explains and demonstrates the importance of correctly “setting-up” band figures, whether in a big band or small group setting. The Feel of Swing focuses on creative “jazz” rhythmic combinations between the drummer’s hands and feet. Coordinated Independence! Fill-In The Gap covers different patterns that will allow the drummer to free himself or herself up and become more comfortable with fills and solo breaks in a jazz context.
These tutors are designed for the beginner as well as the advanced, in mind. I use this series of books as my “go to” when I am revisiting my look at the way I perform in the context of jazz drums. You should, too!
Matt Murphy, Las Vegas, NV
Drummer, Clinician, Educator, Author
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