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Five Killer Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Licks Part Three

Five Killer Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Fills Part Three

I’m trying to remember exactly where I first heard Vinnie play this lick. Honestly, I’m not 100% certain, but it may be from Karizma’s “Document.” This third of a series of five Vinnie drum fills is another classic Vinnie idea. As usual, it’s something that you might not have thought of yourself, and very interesting […]


A Drummer’s Full-Proof Method for Getting the Correct Tempo Live

The Thinking Drummer

As a drummer, more often than not, one of our responsibilities is to count-off the song. In some bands I’ve played in, someone else counts off the tune, but most of the time, it’s me or you (I’m assuming you’re a drummer; that’s generally who reads this blog). Counting off the tune is a significant […]


Two Against Three Polyrhythm Explained

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I’ve been working on practical uses of the 2 vs 3 polyrhythm. Here’s an example: Eighth Note Cymbal vs Eighth Note Triplet Independence Part One. In that article, I explored some uses of playing triplet ideas while maintaining the eighth note cymbal pattern, which I find […]


Philly Joe Jones Solo Book

Just published and transcribed by Joerg Eckel, this book of Philly Joe Jones solos is certain to be very accurate. On matters such as these, there is no one I trust more than John Riley, who, several years ago, told me about a student of his who had transcribed a large number of Philly Joe […]