January 4th, 2012

A Blues - Eric Harland

I don't usually like to post videos on this blog and in some ways I'm not a great fan of instructional DVDs, but in both cases I will back an exception here. Why? Well, because the playing from Harland here is fantastic. More importantly, though, it stresses the importance for a drummer of knowing forms, not the least of which is the blues. This simple (sometimes not so simple) 12 bar form is probably the heart and soul of jazz (not to mention rock and roll - Led Zepp. anyone?!). I would highly recommend learning to play a blues on the piano so you can hear the changes clearly. As for playing along you can't go wrong with "Coltrane Plays the Blues".

John Coltrane, Coltrane Plays the Blues, Elvin Jones Buy the CD:
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Filed Under : Jazz Drumming: Comping | Eric Harland


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