Here's a transcription I recently did after watching a YouTube video with jazz great Jeff Hamilton fronting his trio at Jazz At Port Townsend. The transcription starts at 16:04 of the video. A great example of Jeff's emphasis on melody during his brush solo. Starting on bar 4, note how Jeff creates a hemiola motif and the re-orchestrates it. Very tastefully done.

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For my YouTube channel video at "drummersmrc" entitled "Gary, Mel and Jack" is the PDF file with transcriptions of a Latin Groove played by Gary Novak, Swing Phrasing by Mel Lewis and a Nice Pattern by Jack DeJohnette. Give these transcriptions a try.

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Louie Bellson is featured in a YouTube video entitled "Louie Bellson solo. 1967" posted by erwigfilms. I've transcribed 21 bars of his drum solo which will give an insight into how he sticks the figures. You'll notice the 1st two eighth notes of the 5th bar are for the floor tom followed by the snare.

Both notes are struck with the right stick. This is done by striking the floor tom with your right hand in an almost upside down position, then whipping the stick around to the snare drum by turning your wrist.

This is a classic Louie Bellson move that many of the drummers from the Big Band/Swing Area would use including Buddy Rich and Jake Hanna

Download the free PDF transcription page

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YouTube - Louie Bellson solo. 1967

(minutes 4:35 to 4:51)


Quincy Davis has a video on his YouTube channel entitled "Q-Tip Jazz Drummer Lesson of the Week: Brush Essentials!" The brush transcription starts at minute 9:27 of the video and this pattern has become invaluable to me for ballads. You can see me use this pattern on my YouTube video entitled "Jazz Brushes / part 3".

Download the free PDF transcription page

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Steve Gadd popularized the Mozambique beat on recordings such as "My Spanish Heart" by Chick Corea. On the recording of "Seven Steps To Heaven" from the Ben Sidran album entitled "The Cat And The Hat", Steve plays his signature cowbell pattern. At 2:43 minutes into the track he plays a nice fill which seamlessly fits within the pattern he's playing.

Art Taylor recorded Monk & Klook's tune "Epistrophy" in 1960 for his album entitled "AT's Delight". At 4:51 minutes AT, as he was known, launches into a beautifully melodic drum solo. I chose the first four bars of the solo to transcribe because of his use of the Hi-Hat to divide the melody he plays on the snare and rack tom.

Download the free PDF transcriptions page