Elvin Jones – Night Dreamer (Intro, Head Drum Transcription)

Here’s the transcription of the intro and the head of “Night Dreamer” by Wayne Shorter, with Elvin Jones on drums. The composition is a medium jazz waltz tempo with a heavy groove and modal harmony. That’s a perfect tune to work on 3/4 stuff and develop coordination, independence, and rudiments.

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elvin jones night dreamer drum transcription

I suggest working on foot coordination, focusing on the bass drum, hi-hat, and ride cymbal. In the beginning, you can play the hi-hat on 2 and 3 (bass drum on dotted quarter notes) and play some snare drum comping. After that, try to play the hi-hat on the upbeat of 1 and the downbeat of 3. As notated in the transcription, Elvin alternates both left-foot hi-hat variations.


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