Detailed transcriptions of jazz drummers will be posted weekly on this blog
Every week, the Drumming Patterns blog will post detailed transcriptions of great jazz drummers, including Roy Haynes, Paul Motian, and many others.
Paul Motian interview & discography
An interview that I conducted with Paul in the early 1990s. Includes a discography of recordings related to the topics discussed.
Roy Haynes on “Windows,” 1968
A 5-page transcription of Roy Haynes’ drumming on “Windows” from the album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” by Chick Corea.
An essay that answers the question: By what combination of means does one achieve the end of musical excellence?
Drumming Patterns reviewed in Rimshot Magazine
“‘… this is the first time that drumming techniques are presented as a whole and in a systematic manner.”
Paul Motian on “Margot,” 1967
A 5-page transcription of Paul Motian‘s drumming on “Margot” from Keith Jarrett‘s “Life Between The Exit Signs.”
Paul Motian interview II: recordings & reactions
An interview from the early 1990s with Paul sharing his thoughts regarding a selection of recordings from various points in his career.
An introduction to Drumming Patterns
A 20-minute video introduction comparing the systematic approach taken to rhythm and technique taken in Drumming Patterns with the rudiments and Stick Control.
Billy Hart on “Rain Dance,” 1973
A 4-page-long transcription of Billy Hart on Herbie Hancock’s “Rain Dance,” from the 1973 recording “Sextant.”
The original Flash website including soundtrack
An animated Flash site created in 2001 to promote Drumming Patterns, preserved in movie format, with an original loop-based soundtrack comprised of drumming from around the world.
The rudiments compared to Drumming Patterns
The origins of the 40 international drum rudiments and how they compare with the systematic presentation of fundamental patterns in Drumming Patterns.
Philly Joe Jones on Wynton Kelly’s album “Kelly At Midnight,” 1960
9 pages of transcriptions of Philly Joe Jones on Wynton Kelly’s album “Kelly At Midnight,” including accompaniment on the tunes Temperance and Pot Luck, as well as solos.
Stick Control vs. Drumming Patterns
The historical achievements of George Lawrence Stone’s classic book, and how its methodological approach compares to the approach taken in Drumming Patterns.
Drumming Patterns reviewed in Percussive Notes
“The commitment, both in time and thought, that Mr. Braman has made to this book will be obvious to anyone who studies its contents.”
Tony Williams on “The Best Thing For You,” 1965
A 3-page long transcription of Tony Williams accompaniment to Charles Lloyd’s solo on “The Best Thing For You” from the 1965 album “Of Course, Of Course.”
Progressive Steps To Syncopation vs. Drumming Patterns
What approaches are taken within each of the three major sections of Ted Reed’s classic book and how do they complement and contrast with the approach taken by Drumming Patterns?
Drumming Patterns reviewed in Modern Drummer
“Drumming Patterns is an excellent book that looks at technique in a slightly different way, focusing on what the author calls ‘the essential patterns of technique.’”
4-Way Coordination vs. Drumming Patterns
How does the approach taken to 4-limb independence in 4-Way Coordination compare to the approach taken in Drumming Patterns?
Listening and transcribing: learn from others, think for yourself
Transcriptions incorporate the most important drum techniques to learn because they have a direct application to the end of making music.
An introductory modern jazz album collection
A list of the modern jazz recordings regarded as most significant by musicians and scholars that are also the most likely to appeal to a beginning listener.