Vamp Exercises: Part IITechnique by Kirby Jacobsen // October 30 2012
In my previous article, I presented vamps-style exercises with a series of accented patterns. I hope they have been useful. If you missed it, check it out when you can. The exercises below are from my upcoming book, Stick it to Your Chops. I play these exercises as warm-ups, following the 90 degree bounce.
In part 2, you are going to be adding one stroke with each hand as you progress through each exercise. The pattern is noted under each exercise number and the meters have been omitted for simplicity. Again, start these exercises slowly, play them at different speeds and at soft, medium and loud volumes. Play each exercise several times before proceeding to the next. Strive to sound as though you are playing steady eighth notes with one stick.
Until next time, lock it in the pocket.
About the Author
Kirby Jacobsen studied Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami and Jazz Performance at the William Paterson University. As a freelance drummer he has performed with Ira Sullivan, Gary Campbell, Dave Liebman, DaveSamuels, Rafael Cruz and Jerry Jemmot. Kirby also leads the Blue Brush Trio which performs in the New Jersey metro area. His technique-building methodbook, Stick it to Your Chops, will soon be available through CDI MusicPublishing, Inc. Send questions or comments to Kirby at email@example.com.
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