It’s been a while since the first part of this article. The following collection includes the main groove transcription for a varied repertoire of ten jazz tunes, from the late ’50s to the early 2000s, and for various genres from afro-cuban to samba, to bolero and funk. All of the tunes are included in the … More Jazz Grooves – Drum Transcriptions Part II
I spent the last two months transcribing new stuff, for a great variety of styles from jazz to rock, to fusion and pop. Some of these transcriptions are commissions, that helped me to discover new music and develop my transcribing ability with the impressive Tony Williams and Brian Blade drumming. The full/note-for-note drum transcriptions are … More New Transcriptions (Tony Williams, Brian Blade, Steely Dan, Meshell Ndegeocello)
There’s a lot of music to be inspired by. The first semester of this year gave us interesting albums, especially in the last two months. From remarkable releases to impressive debuts, the following are my favorite 5 albums of the first half of 2022. Porcupine Tree – Closure / Continuation After a 12-year hiatus, Porcupine … More The 5 Best Albums from the First Half of 2022
The rhythm of Joropo, or Joropo Llanero, is typical of Venezuela and Colombia. In 1882 the dance that inspired this rhythm, also called Joropo, became the national dance of Venezuela, later being declared a cultural heritage of the nation in 2014. The pattern of the Joropo Llanero is similar to the Vals Pasaje (a waltz … More Bossa Nova in 3/4 – Onda Nueva
My new book 20 Essential Drum Transcriptions for the Modern Drummer is now available in paperback and digital format. From jazz to pop, to rock and fusion, every sheet music is entirely transcribed note-for-note with an easy and clear interface, including a comprehensive notation key. 20 drum transcriptions plus extra content to inspire you to … More 20 Essential Drum Transcriptions for the Modern Drummer – Available Now!
It was an intense and productive year. Thank you to all for buying my transcriptions and books, for the transcription commissions, and for the donations. Your support is amazing and truly appreciated. The blog reached more than 30,000 visitors and 100k clicks, with organic traffic from all over the world (a warm thank you goes … More 2021 Recap
Here’s the transcription of the drum solo played by Carlos Vega on “Oasis” by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour, featuring Dave Valentin on flute, Larry Williams on saxophone and keyboards, and Abraham Laboriel on bass. The version of this tune was recorded at the Record Plant studio in Los Angeles in 1985 and included on … More Carlos Vega – Oasis (Drum Solo Transcription)
Here’s the full drum sheet music of the famous drum composition “For Big Sid” by Max Roach, from the album Drums Unlimited (1966). The transcription is included for free in my new book Max Roach: 5 Drum Transcriptions, now available for purchase on Amazon, Apple Books, and Gumroad. For Big Sid (Drum Transcription)
My new book “Max Roach: 5 Drum Transcriptions” is now available on Amazon, Apple Books, and Gumroad in paperback format and in an eBook version. PAPERBACK EBOOK PDF Max Roach was one of the drummers who most contributed to forging the modern drumming style. He was active as a percussionist, composer, and bandleader throughout six … More Max Roach: 5 Drum Transcriptions – Available Now!
The second part of the quarter note triplet exercises adds the left foot hi-hat to the combinations seen in the past month, while with the snare drum we play some patterns. With the left hand, we play a simple cross-stick on “4” and then we move the quarter note triplets of one eight note, as … More Quarter Note Triplet Exercises Part 2