Drum Tutorial

Ed Shaughnessy & Clem DeRosa

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    Tutorial 1



    Ed & Clem gives a quick introduction and performance.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Four Ts


    The Four T's are the essential role of time, taste, technique and timbre in successful musical performance. Ed and Clem both talk about the importance of the 'Four T's'.

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    Tutorial 3

    Whose Blues Up Tempo Swing


    Clem gives a quick description of where 'Whose Blues' came from before performing the tune with the whole band. Ed and Clem both discuss the different parts of 'Whose Blues'.

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    Tutorial 4

    Frere Jacques Medium Shuffle


    Clem quickly describes the song and then performs the piece with the whole band. Then Ed shares a bit about how he plays the tune and helps you understand the shuffles and rhythm.

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    Tutorial 5

    Fancy Funk Medium Funk


    The whole band performs a great tune called 'Fancy Funk'. Ed then demonstrates how he performs the song and it's different rhythmic elements.

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    Tutorial 6

    Basie Talk Basie-Style Medium Swing


    Clem gives us some information on the band 'Basie', and then Ed gives us another wonderful performance with the band.

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    Tutorial 7

    Theme From Fifth Symphony Rhumba


    In this video, Clem shares a bit about latin music. The whole band performs a Rhumba before breaking it all down so we can understand the Latin elements that are performed.

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    Tutorial 8

    Oh Marie Fast Shuffle


    Clem introduces a 'Fast Shuffle' and the band gives a great performance of 'Oh Marie'. Ed shows us about the parts he played and demonstrates how to learn them for yourself.

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    Tutorial 9

    Stop and Go Cha-Cha


    Ed and the band plays 'Stop and Go' and keeps the Latin vibes going. After the performance, Ed goes into the pulsations and characteristics of the Cha-Cha.

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    Tutorial 10

    Rockin Robin Eighth-Note Rock & Roll


    Things get Rockin' in this video as Ed and the band plays 'Rockin' Robin'. Ed slows things down after the performance and fills us in on how to play Rockin' Roll.

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    Tutorial 11

    Shadows Two-Beat Shuffle


    Clem discusses 'Shadows', which has a two-beat feel. Ed demonstrates this approach with a solid performance. Ed also gives some great advice on Brushes and how to clearly play them.

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    Tutorial 12

    Danny Boy Ballad with Brushes


    In this video, Ed and the band slows things down with a great performance of 'Danny Boy' performed on Brushes. Ed explains a bit about ballads and how they approach the style.

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    Tutorial 13

    Walkin Waltz Jazz Waltz


    Clem discusses the 'Walkin Waltz'. Ed and the band give another great performance and explain how it's all played and felt.

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    Tutorial 14

    Keith's Blues Drum Solo with Mallet


    Ed talks a bit about Timbre, and brings the Mallets in. Ed 'puts some whip cream' on a Solo and then helps us understand the technique of his solo style.

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    Tutorial 15

    Final Thoughts & Credits


    Ed and Clem sign off with some final words and advice before the credits.

In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, world-renowned drummer Ed Shaughnessy and conductor-arranger Clem DeRosa take you through a survey of jazz, Swing and Latin styles, all from the drummer's perspective.

Through live performances, demonstrations, and insightful discussions based on decades of professional experience, they reveal the "Four T's": the essential role of Time, Taste, Technique and Timbre in successful musical performance. From there, they explore The do's and don'ts of effective Brushwork, Fills, and Dynamics. They'll also teach you Swing, Shuffle, Latin, and Ballad Drumming Techniques.

Every style and concept is illustrated by a live big band performing Clem and Richard DeRosa's classic arrangements propelled by Shaughnessy's impeccable drumming, followed by concise analysis and drumset close-ups.

If you've ever aspired to be an ensemble drummer in a big band or a band director, "Ed Shaughnessy & Clem DeRosa" is a must-watch video series!


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Ed Shaughnessy, hailed as one of the greatest big band drummers, began his legendary career in the jazz combos and big bands of Charlie Ventura, Benny Goodman and Count Basie, among many others, before joining the Tonight Show band in 1963. Clem DeRosa has enjoyed a 50-year career as a professional musician, educator, arranger, composer and orchestra leader. He has performed and/or recorded with Charlie Mingus, Marian McPartland, Teo Macero, Thad Jones, Ben Webster, John LaPorta, Bobby Hackett, among others, and has led the Glenn Miller, Dorsey Brothers, Tribute to Benny Goodman, Copacabana and American Jazz Repertory orchestras.

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    Ed Shaughnessy & Clem DeRosa

    In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, world-renowned drummer Ed Shaughnessy and conductor-arranger Clem DeRosa take you through a survey of jazz, swing and Latin styles from the drummer’s perspective.

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