The art of brush playing has been largely unexplored in drumming technique studies. At Berklee College of Music, Jon Hazilla challenges his students to leave behind the methods and systems they have learned, and approach the limitless and challenging world of brushes. Far from a simple collection of diagramed patterns, this in-depth approach focuses on understanding the concepts behind brush playing before proceeding to the patterns and techniques involved.
By presenting the signature brush strokes in the style of such drumming legends as Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones, Hazilla encourages you to practice and expand their repertoire. You will learn to develop greater improvisational prowess, and explore and create new, personal patterns.
This landmark study is sure to improve your appreciation and ability for brush playing. It includes features such as:
- 10 concepts for good brush playing
- 31 patterns for ballad, medium-, and up-tempo playing
- Rhythm table exercises for brush dexterity
- Coordination exercises for time playing
- Play-along online recordings with 34 bass-groove tracks
- New to the 2nd edition, additional exercises for developing wrist technique and timing
Jon Hazilla is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught since 1987.