THE ULTIMATE DRUM INSTRUCTION FROM A TWO-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER.

30 LESSONS

Brushes, solos, independence of the limbs, speed, touch, phrasing, and gear are just some of the topics covered in Finding Your Beat. Whether you've just started playing drums, or have been playing all of your life, Ulysses Owens Jr.'s knowledgeable, comprehensive approach will help you take your playing to new heights.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF

Get hip to the players and the history of the instrument that has made it the irreplaceable force in the music we know today. With almost 5 hours of lessons, Ulysses guides you through styles and techniques used by some of the original masters of jazz.

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Lessons on touch, brushes, ride patterns, speed, sound, and so much more. Resources, links, and recording recommendations; as well as gradient speed control and A/B looping make using this course a breeze. Don't miss a beat with these powerful features.

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LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

TECHNIQUE

01. Spang-a-Lang
Welcome to Finding Your Beat. Ulysses Owens Jr. kicks off the course with a cornerstone of jazz drums: the "Spang-a-Lang" ride cymbal pattern.   (Running time 6:01)

 

02. Touch
Touch, dynamics, rudiments. All essential in getting the most out of the drums. Ulysses demonstrates the five rudiments that will get you the touch you want on the drums. (Running time 16:45)

 

 

03. The Sweet Spot
Get the best sound out of the drums by finding the sweet spot. (Running time 11:33)

04. Tips for a Great Sound
Get the right ride cymbal sound for you - it all starts at the tip of the stick. (Running time 5:10)

05. The Jungle
Independence of the limbs is a crucial element of your drumming. Ulysses explains the "Jungle" exercise. (Running time 4:15)

06. Bass Drum Feathering
Learn how to get that classic sound with Ulysses' bass drum feathering technique. (Running time 11:42)

07. Hi Hat Independance
All about getting the most out of the hi-hat. (Running time 4:27)

08. Bridging the Gap
Develop a good flow between your hands and feet. Ulysses shows you his unique routine for bridging the gap. (Running time 3:25)

09. Brush Mechanics
Ulysses demonstrates his techniques for getting a great sound out of the brushes. (Running time 14:16)

10. How To Play Fast
Ulysses discusses various ways to get your speed up. (Running time 8:44)

11. Hooking Up with the Bass
The most important relationship in the band - learn how Ulysses thinks about his interaction with the bass. (Running time 5:51)

12. Practice Regiment
Maintain your skills. What and how to practice. (Running time 12:45)

PLAYING WITH THE MASTERS

13. The History of the Ride Cymbal
Ulysses demonstrates the evolution of the ride cymbal pattern as it moved from the snare to the low boy to the spang-a-lang we know today. (Running time 6:41)

14. Playing Time in the Baby Dodds Style
Learn to play swing in the style of jazz drum innovator, Baby Dodds. (Running time 7:21)

15. Swing Like the Masters
Ulysses demonstrates the ride cymbal patterns of the greats: Kenny Clarke, Billy Higgins, Max Roach, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. (Running time 9:44)

16. The History of Jazz Brushes According to Ulysses
Ulysses demonstrates the techniques he's picked up from some of jazz's all-time brush masters. (Running time 11:57)

17. Orchestrating the Band
Ulysses teaches us how to practice composing a drum part with a pre-existing recording. (Running time 15:49)

18. The Art of Accompaniment
Move the band where they need to go with your left-hand accompaniment. (Running time 17:29)

19. Learning Melodies and Forms
Learning forms and melodies are a must for every drummer. Ulysses demonstrates some techniques to help you be rock solid inside the form. (Running time 8:45)

20. Trading Inside the Form
Keeping the form while your trading solos is a crucial skill. Learn Ulysses techniques for trading and trade with him! (Running time 9:29)

21. Grooves - Part 1
Ulysses plays and explains the secrets to playing in odd meters and different ballad grooves. (Running time 12:35)

22. Grooves - Part 2
Shuffles, bossa nova, and samba. All important grooves to have in your arsenal. (Running time 6:29)

23. Different Situations
Every gig is different. Ulysses explains his approach to a variety of musical situations. (Running time 4:00)

24. Solo Analysis
A crucial element of development, see how Ulysses learns and analizes great drum solos. (Running time 11:11)

 

EQUIPMENT

25. Equipment Selection
Learn about the gear that Ulysses uses on his gigs and recording sessions. (Running time 42:33)

 

26. Drum Positioning
Don't make it hard on yourself. Get the right drum positions every time. (Running time 2:37)

 

 

27. Drum Heads
It's all about tone. Ulysses explains what he looks for in a drum head. (Running time 5:54)

 

28. Drum Tuning
Ulysses demonstrates the art of tuning. (Running time 7:21)

 

29. Adding Cymbals
How to add colors to your kit. (Running time 3:41)

 

30. Tuning Your Drums for the Road
You don't have a lot of time but you need to get the right sound on the house kit. Ulysses shows you how. (Running time 2:41)

 

LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

TECHNIQUE

01. Spang-a-Lang
Welcome to Finding Your Beat. Ulysses Owens Jr. kicks off the course with a cornerstone of jazz drums: the "Spang-a-Lang" ride cymbal pattern.   (Running time 6:01)

 

02. Touch
Touch, dynamics, rudiments. All essential in getting the most out of the drums. Ulysses demonstrates the five rudiments that will get you the touch you want on the drums. (Running time 16:45)

 

 

03. The Sweet Spot
Get the best sound out of the drums by finding the sweet spot. (Running time 11:33)

04. Tips for a Great Sound
Get the right ride cymbal sound for you - it all starts at the tip of the stick. (Running time 5:10)

05. The Jungle
Independence of the limbs is a crucial element of your drumming. Ulysses explains the "Jungle" exercise. (Running time 4:15)

06. Bass Drum Feathering
Learn how to get that classic sound with Ulysses' bass drum feathering technique. (Running time 11:42)

07. Hi Hat Independance
All about getting the most out of the hi-hat. (Running time 4:27)

08. Bridging the Gap
Develop a good flow between your hands and feet. Ulysses shows you his unique routine for bridging the gap. (Running time 3:25)

09. Brush Mechanics
Ulysses demonstrates his techniques for getting a great sound out of the brushes. (Running time 14:16)

10. How To Play Fast
Ulysses discusses various ways to get your speed up. (Running time 8:44)

11. Hooking Up with the Bass
The most important relationship in the band - learn how Ulysses thinks about his interaction with the bass. (Running time 5:51)

12. Practice Regiment
Maintain your skills. What and how to practice. (Running time 12:45)

PLAYING WITH THE MASTERS

13. The History of the Ride Cymbal
Ulysses demonstrates the evolution of the ride cymbal pattern as it moved from the snare to the low boy to the spang-a-lang we know today. (Running time 6:41)

14. Playing Time in the Baby Dodds Style
Learn to play swing in the style of jazz drum innovator, Baby Dodds. (Running time 7:21)

15. Swing Like the Masters
Ulysses demonstrates the ride cymbal patterns of the greats: Kenny Clarke, Billy Higgins, Max Roach, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. (Running time 9:44)

16. The History of Jazz Brushes According to Ulysses
Ulysses demonstrates the techniques he's picked up from some of jazz's all-time brush masters. (Running time 11:57)

17. Orchestrating the Band
Ulysses teaches us how to practice composing a drum part with a pre-existing recording. (Running time 15:49)

18. The Art of Accompaniment
Move the band where they need to go with your left-hand accompaniment. (Running time 17:29)

19. Learning Melodies and Forms
Learning forms and melodies are a must for every drummer. Ulysses demonstrates some techniques to help you be rock solid inside the form. (Running time 8:45)

20. Trading Inside the Form
Keeping the form while your trading solos is a crucial skill. Learn Ulysses techniques for trading and trade with him! (Running time 9:29)

21. Grooves - Part 1
Ulysses plays and explains the secrets to playing in odd meters and different ballad grooves. (Running time 12:35)

22. Grooves - Part 2
Shuffles, bossa nova, and samba. All important grooves to have in your arsenal. (Running time 6:29)

23. Different Situations
Every gig is different. Ulysses explains his approach to a variety of musical situations. (Running time 4:00)

24. Solo Analysis
A crucial element of development, see how Ulysses learns and analizes great drum solos. (Running time 11:11)

 

EQUIPMENT

25. Equipment Selection
Learn about the gear that Ulysses uses on his gigs and recording sessions. (Running time 42:33)

 

26. Drum Positioning
Don't make it hard on yourself. Get the right drum positions every time. (Running time 2:37)

 

 

27. Drum Heads
It's all about tone. Ulysses explains what he looks for in a drum head. (Running time 5:54)

 

28. Drum Tuning
Ulysses demonstrates the art of tuning. (Running time 7:21)

 

29. Adding Cymbals
How to add colors to your kit. (Running time 3:41)

 

30. Tuning Your Drums for the Road
You don't have a lot of time but you need to get the right sound on the house kit. Ulysses shows you how. (Running time 2:41)

 

ABOUT ULYSSES OWENS JR.

Ulysses Owens Jr. is an artist “who takes a backseat to no one” – The New York Times – seems to describe his remarkable ascent as one of today’s premier drummers, or perhaps, his evolution as a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. Owens has established himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists, admired for his sensitive, fiery and complex playing, vivid display of textural nuance, and gift for propelling a band with charisma and integrity. Both humble in person and imposing behind a kit, he is a graduate of the inaugural Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time Grammy® Award winner, and he earned his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s acclaimed trio and the driving force of McBride’s big band. Ulysses received his first Grammy® in 2010 for his performance on Kurt Elling's "Dedicated To You", and his second Grammy® for the Christian McBride Big Band album "The Good Feeling." In addition to the two Grammy® Awards, he has also received four Grammy® nominations for his work with Christian McBride and Joey Alexander. Owens is incredibly versatile and has toured and recorded with artists including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Diane Schuur, Renee Fleming, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, and Mulgrew Miller. Ulysses has released three albums of his own beginning in 2009 with “It's Time For U”, which featured four original compositions and arrangements. His second album, “Unanimous,” was released on the European jazz label Criss Cross, and “Onward and Upward” was released in 2014 on the D-Clef Record Label. As co-leader of New Century Jazz Quintet, he has released two albums with the Japanese record label Spice Of Life, “Time is Now” and “In Case You Missed Us”. In the summer of 2015, he was recommended by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center to compose a work for the Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series, and he premiered “Stages Of Us”, a seven-movement suite, at their sculpture garden. Ulysses has been honored with a 2015 Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing Award, 2014 Global Music Award, 2013 ASCAP Plus Award, was designated a 2014 Downbeat Rising Star, and appeared as a TED X Jacksonville performer. He continues touring extensively and remains in demand for new projects.
 

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