Introduction to Jazz Drumming

  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Required Materials: A standard 4-piece drum set. Sticks, brushes and mallets. The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley.
  • Description: We will follow the course of study laid out in The Art of Bop Drumming. This approachable overview of jazz drumming includes basic time playing, comping on the snare and bass drum, soloing and fills, basic brush patterns, essential grooves and knowledge of the form. Each week we will go over one section of the book, play through examples and explore applications.
  • Skills: You will leave with competency to perform with a jazz combo in a variety of musical situations, play solid time, maintain basic forms and solo.
  • Target Duration: 9 x 30 minute lessons


Interactive, Goal Oriented