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Understanding the Styles: Jazz

Technique by Ryan Carver // March 02 2011
Understanding the Styles: Jazz

Let’s get into some basic jazz patterns. Jazz is an animal all in itself. Now, just because you play a jazz pattern doesn’t mean you’re swinging. There are a lot of little subtleties that mean a lot when you are playing jazz. These basic patterns when played with the right touch can go a long way and help anyone cut some jazz tunes and sound like they know what they’re are doing. Jazz, like rock, has evolved overtime to encompass many different styles. Try to listen and understand the differences in these styles. Understanding song forms is also very important in jazz, especially during solos and improvising. Try not to get too complicated. Listen and keep a steady time flow. Try to play a little lighter.






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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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