GREG HUTCHINSON


THE FUNDAMENTALS OF
JAZZ DRUMMING

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THE PREMIER JAZZ DRUMMER OF HIS GENERATION GIVES YOU ALL THE TOOLS YOU NEED FOR A SOLID FOUNDATION IN JAZZ DRUMMING.

Gregory Hutchinson has created a comprehensive and definitive online video course covering the fundamentals of jazz drumming. From tuning your drums all the way to using advanced brush techniques, you’ll have access to the extensive knowledge base of one of the premier jazz drummers and teachers in the world, demonstrated as only Hutch can. You’ll have on-demand access to over 3½ hours of premium HD video, pristine audio along with multi-camera angles showing you overhead, pedal and side views, as well as our exclusive “Hutch-Cam” angle: see the whole kit from Hutch’s viewpoint, and experience the kit just as Hutch does.

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COURSE LESSONS

01. How to Swing on the Ride Cymbal (21:11)
  • Walk the dog
  • Hand positioning
  • Speeding it up
  • Examples of jazz legend’s ride patterns
  • How to master different tempos
  • How to bounce and control the stick
  • How to practice along with recordings
02. How to Play the Shuffle (16:01)
  • Usage of bass drum
  • Function of snare drum
  • How to properly accent 2 & 4
  • How to utilize the back beat
  • The different types of shuffle
  • The snap
  • Blakey shuffle
  • Proper stick on snare position
  • Do’s and don’ts of the shuffle
03. Basic Technique & Rudiments I (22:22)
  • How to practice rudiments
  • Proper stick placement on snare
  • Independence of the hands
  • Tone control
  • Bass drum technique & pedal control
  • Hi-hat techniques: the crisp chick
  • Match grip vs. traditional grip
  • Hand position for traditional grip
  • Drum & cymbal positioning
  • Proper posture & seat positioning
04. Basic Technique & Rudiments II (8:03)
  • Rudiments
  • Converted rudiments
  • Triplets
  • Paradiddles
  • Alternative parradiddles
  • Developing your own sound
05. The Art of Comping (21:47)
  • The art and definition of comping
  • How to reference Tap-dancing
  • Proper bass drum & snare utilization
  • How to comp based around melody
  • Proper left hand restraint
  • Comping behind instrumentalists vs. vocalists
  • What to listen for in comping
  • The dance
  • Copy, steal, forget
  • Drummer & recording examples
  • Hutch recordings
  • Bebop comping
  • The foundational drummers
  • Elvin Jones & Tony Williams comping styles explained and demoed
06. Working with Brushes (13;28)
  • Detailed explanation and demo of left hand snare technique
  • When to turn snares off
  • How to get the brush “snap”
  • The “figure 8” snare pattern demonstrated
  • Proper hi-hat techniques with brushes
  • How to accent with brushes
  • How to choose your brushes
  • How to use the brush “snap”
07. Basics of Bebop (21:11)
  • How to reference tap-dancing for bebop
  • How to use call-and-response
  • Bebop drum masters demos/examples
  • How to develop solo ideas
  • How to spread motifs around the whole set
  • How to play the right thing at the right time
  • Specific recording recommendations to shed to
08. Drumming Styles of the Legends (13:43)
  • Extensive demos on Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey
  • What are “Phillyisms”?
  • Art Blakey comping demo
  • Demo and discussion of Blakey’s influence on Philly
  • The Blakey shuffle
  • Classic Blakey and Philly recordings
  • Compare and contrast ride cymbal patterns
09. All Things Hi-Hat (13:45)
  • How to avoid a lazy hi-hat sound
  • The secret to Jo Jones hi-hat technique
  • How to “ride” the hi-hat
  • How to keep the band moving with your hi-hat
  • Hi-hat techniques in 3/4, 5 and 7
  • How to get a great hi-hat sound
  • Effective hi-hat technique for ballads
10. Secrets of Learning Forms (16:46)
  • “A Night in Tunisia” demo and analysis
  • Blues form
  • Secrets of learning tricky forms
  • The concept of listen, copy, steal
  • How to practice forms with recordings
  • Practicing over vamps
  • Swing in 3, 5 & 7
11. A Drummer's Bag of Toys (7:22)
  • How to incorporate bells on the snare and other drums
  • How to use other sound sources
  • Concepts for bringing extra goodies to the party!
12. Bass Drum Feathering (15:22)
  • Secrets of proper bass drum feathering
  • The correct beater/bass drum head spacing
  • Secrets of feeling, not hearing the bass drum
  • How to practice away from the drums
  • Secrets of using knee, not foot, for feathering
  • Proper placement of the beat
  • How to feather at all tempos
  • How to properly adjust your bass drum beater
  • Exercises to practice at different tempos
13. Equipment and Tuning (18:40)
  • How to choose the right heads for jazz
  • Navigating options for sticks
  • Options and concepts on cymbals
  • How to choose hardware
  • How to optimally tune your drums for jazz
  • How to get into melodic tuning
  • Proper tuning for tone
  • How to choose the correct brushes, mallets, etc.
14. BONUS - SOLO DEMONSTRATION (3:06)
  • Hutch shreds with his soloing skills in this exclusive demonstration

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Thanks for revealing the secrets of jazz drumming, been looking for this for a LONG time!

GEORGE K.

LONDON, UK

THE drummer of his generation.

Jazz Magazine

I’m not one for advertising another somebody…. but the proof is in the video… Yeah Hutch!!!!!

KOBIE W.

NORTH CAROLINA, USA

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